Storytime: Letter T


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


Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble! by Patricia Hubbell
Dragons Love Tacos
by Adam Rubin
The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler         
Sleep Like a Tiger
by Mary Logue  
Tap Tap Bang Bang
by Emma Garcia
Ten Terrible Dinosaurs
by Paul Stickland
There Was a Tree
by Rachel Isadora
I Love Trains by Philemon Sturges  
Tugga-Tugga Tugboat
by Kevin Lewis  
The Tiny Seed
by Eric Carle
This is Not My Hat
by J. Klassen
Raccoon Tune by Nancy Shaw
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming
I Love Trucks by Philemon Sturges
Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews


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


Letter T Books

My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis
Shaggy Dog and the Terrible Itch by David Bedford
The Goodnight Train by June Sobel  


Rhyme: 20th portion of Animal Alphabet Rhyme

Song: ABC Song

Flannelboard: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Music & Movement Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (w/ Shakers & Eggs)

Action Rhyme: I’m A Little Teapot (via National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
I’m a little teapot, short and stout.
Here is my handle, here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout.
Tip me over, and pour me OUT!

Finger Puppet Rhyme: “Two Timid Tigers” (modified Two Little Blackbirds)
Two timid tigers sitting on a hill,
One named Jack, one named Jill.
Run away Jack, run away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Action Rhyme: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (via
Head and shoulders knees and toes
Knees and toes
Head and shoulders knees and toes
Knees and toes
And eyes and ears

CRAFT: Letter “Tt” Tomahawk!

Letter T Tomahawk

It took some thinking to come up with this week’s storytime craft. I wasn’t happy with any of the letter “T” shaped crafts I found online, so I began to recite all of the words that start with the letter “T” that came to mind. Eventually, I came up with tomahawk. I created a simple drawing, and scanned the original. Given the ratio of children to adults, I wasn’t able to spice up this week’s craft. However, I think feathers or beads (on a string or a piece of yarn) would make great additions. Stringing beads on yarn would go a long way toward building fine motor skills.  Colored construction paper, crayons and markers were provided.


There were issues with this week’s back-to-back storytime sessions at the child development center. Part of the problem was due in part to a break in our storytime routine. I missed three weeks in a row due to ALA-Chicago, a family emergency and the 4th of July holiday. To make matters worse, the recess schedule was adjusted. So both preschool classes weren’t scheduled to go to recess until after storytime. As one might expect, my munchkins were a bit wild. I had to add a lot of truck, train and animal noises during the read-a-louds to maintain their attention. Fortunately, the extension activities went over really well (as they always do), and we performed a select few twice. The craft was well received, but as I mentioned above, I wish I could have included beads or feathers. Unfortunately, the very skewed ratio of children to adults made that impossible. That is the one downside of conducting outreach storytime sessions.


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