Storytime: Letter G


EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY SKILL: Letter Knowledge, Vocabulary & Narrative Skill


Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
Trains Go
by Steve Light
Do Goldfish Gallop? By Michael Dahl      
Not Norman: A Goldfish Story
by Kelly Bennett 
You Silly Goose
by Ellen Toll Walsh
Grumpy Gloria
by Anna Dewdney
Green Eyes
by A. Birnbaum   
In the Tall, Tall Grass
by Denise Fleming
Gorilla! Gorilla! by Jeanne Willis
Giraffes Can’t Dance
by Giles Andreae
Little Gorilla
by Ruth Bornstein    
The Ant and the Grasshopper
by Rebecca Emberley
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Memoirs of a Goldfish
by Devin Scillian
Go to Sleep, Gecko!: A Balinese Folktale
by Margaret Read MacDonald
Goodnight Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown


  1. Intro
  2. Rhyme
  3. Song
  4. Flannelboard
  5. Read-a-Loud Book
  6. Finger Puppet Rhyme
  7. Flannelboard
  8. Read-a-Loud Book
  9. Action Rhyme
  10. Action Rhyme
  11. Read-a-Loud Book
  12. Flannelboard
  13. Craft


Letter G Books

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Where is the Green Sheep
by Mem Fox & Judy Horacek
There’s a Billy Goat in the Garden
by Laurel Dee Gugler


Rhyme: 7th portion of Animal Alphabet Rhyme

Song: ABC Song

Flannelboard: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Finger Puppet Rhyme:  “Two Big Fat Geese” (modified Two Little Blackbirds)
Two big fat geese sitting on a hill,
One named Jack, one named Jill.

Fly away Jack, fly away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Action Rhyme: “Gorilla, Gorilla” (modified “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear”) (via Sunflower Storytime)
Gorilla,  Gorilla, turn around
Gorilla,  Gorilla, touch the ground
Gorilla,  Gorilla, reach up high
Gorilla,  Gorilla, wink one eye
Gorilla,  Gorilla, touch your nose
Gorilla,  Gorilla, touch your toes
Gorilla,  Gorilla,  slap your knees
Gorilla,  Gorilla, sit down please

Action Rhyme: Green Says Go (via Falling Flannelboards)
Green says go! 
Go, go, go!
Yellow says slow.
Slow, slow, slow.
And red says stop!
Go, go, go!
Slow, slow, slow!
And stop!

Flannelboard: Five Giraffe in the Bathtub (modified) (via

One Giraffe in the bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, Knock, (Clap twice with “Knock, Knock.”)
Splash, Splash, (Slap knees twice with “Splash, Splash.”)
Come on in! (Motion with both hands to come in.)

Two Giraffes in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
Splash, Splash,
Come on in!

Three Giraffes in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
Splash, Splash,
Come on in!

Four Giraffes in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
Splash, Splash,
Come on in!

Five Giraffes in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
Splash, Splash,
It all fell in!

CRAFT: Letter “Gg” Giraffe!

Letter G Giraffe Craft

There are dozens of versions of the letter G/Giraffe alphabet craft (conduct an online search if you don’t believe me), and this is my version. I scanned the original, printed copies, and cut everything out prior to storytime. I cut down sheets of colored construction paper too, and let the preschoolers choose their own color. Crayons and markers were provided, and each child took advantage of the opportunity to personalize their craft. I was so excited to see such a colorful herd of giraffes.


16 children from the Child Development Center, and 1 little girl from the neighborhood attended storytime at GBL2 on Thursday. The extension activities went over really well, and the children were delighted by the action rhyme “Green Say Go,” so we did it twice. The this week’s read-a-louds were a good choice, and the children got a kick out of looking for the green sheep, and mimicking animal noises. There’s a Billy Goat in the Garden is a beautifully crafted tale, I really recommend using it in any animal, farm, or ethnic folktale related storytime.


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