Storytime: Letter O


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


Gideon and Otto by Olivier Dunrea
by Olivier Dunrea
One Pup’s Up by Marsha Wilson Chall       
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
by Jane Cabrera 
One Pear Apple Bear
by Emily Gravett
By David Shannon
By Claire Freedman    
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
by Kevin Sherry
Octopus Opposites by Stella Blackstone
Owl Babies
by Martin Waddell  
Little Owl’s Night
by Divya Srinivasan


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


Letter O Books

An Octopus Followed Me Home by Dan Yaccarino
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood  
Old Mother Hubbard
by Jane Cabrera


Rhyme: 15th portion of Animal Alphabet Rhyme

Song: ABC Song

Flannelboard: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Finger Puppet Rhyme:   “Two Little Owls” (modified Two Little Blackbirds)
Two little owls sitting on a hill,
One named Jack, the other named Jill.
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Action Rhyme:Open, Shut Them” (via

Open Them, Shut Them
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Give a little clap.

Open Them, Shut Them
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Put them in your lap.

Creep them, creep them
Creep them, creep them
Right up to your chin.
Open up your mouth
But do not put them in.

Open Them, Shut Them
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Give a little clap.

Open Them, Shut Them
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Put them in your lap.

Action Song: “Owl Hokey Pokey” (via Kings County Library)
You put your talons in
You put your talons out
You put your talons in, and you shake them all about.
You do the owl hokey pokey and you fly yourself around
That’s what it’s all about! Hoo, hoo!
(Repeat with other owl parts: beak, tailfeather, right wing, and left wing)

Action Rhyme: “Old Shoes, New Shoes” (via Preschool Education)
Old shoes, new shoes,
(Child) is wearing (description) shoes
One, two, three four,
Now I stomp them on the floor!

CRAFT: Letter “Oo” Owls!

Letter O Owl

This week’s Letter “O” Owl drawing was inspired by a construction paper prototype from the blog, Toddler Approved. In order to create my simplified version, I used Microsoft PowerPoint to create the letter O shape. Then, I added the facial features and feathers. I printed out a copy, and used a marker to add the talons, wings and ears. At that point, I scanned the finished product and printed dozens of copies. I cut the copies down to size, and provided markers, crayons and colored construction paper. For smaller storytime groups, I’d suggest adding extra large googly eyes.


Storytime went over like gangbusters. Both sets of preschoolers from the child development center loved Wow, Said the Owl and An Octopus Followed Me Home, and they enjoyed the silliness of Old Mother Hubbard. The extension activities went over well, especially Owl Hokey Pokey (which we acted out using pom-poms and shakers), so we repeated them twice. The children went bonkers when I pulled out the shakers and pom-poms…so I need to try to use them more often.


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