I am a children’s librarian in the Memphis Public Library system and have been hosting a Baby Storytime for about 3 years. I also do Toddler Storytime. I also have a 3 year old daughter. I created this site to help my collegues both at Memphis Public and others who perform Baby and Toddler Storytimes.
In Memphis, there is little opportunity for children under age 3 to experience storytime, unless you attend a storytime from the city’s or municipality’s libraries. Preschoolers, ages 4 and 5, can hear storytime at bookstores and other kid friendly venues in the city. I concentrate on a storytime for the very young, because I feel that the earlier you start listening to literature the better.
I do both my baby and toddler storytime sitting on the floor. I place receiving blankets (or carpet squares) on the floor for the caregiver and child to sit on. In order for the parents to participate, I have a 3 ring binder that I have put the rhymes for the day. I have the paper in a sheet protector so I can just change out the paper before each storytime. However, I start and end every storytime the same way, in this order:
These are the handouts that I give the parents: