Storytime: Letter U


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


The Umbrella Party by Janet Lunn
Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers
What Up, Big Barn! by Suzanne Chitwood
What Can a Crane Pick Up? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Animals in Underwear ABC by Todd Parr
Underwear! by Mary Elise Monsell
Aliens Love Underpants by Clare Freedman
Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding by Lenore Look
What Uncles Do Best by Laura Numeroff
Uncle Andy’s Cats by James Warhola
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea


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


Letter U Books

Hey Wake Up! by Sandra Boynton
Ugh! A Bug by Mary Bono  
The Underwear Book by Todd Parr  


Rhyme: 21st portion of Animal Alphabet Rhyme

Song: ABC Song

Flannelboard: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Action Rhyme: Here We Go (via Miami-Dade Public Library System)
Here we go up, up, up (raise hands high)
Here we go down, down, down (lower hands)
Here we go forward (take one step forward)
Here we go backward (take one step backward)
Here we go round, round, round (turn around once)

Flannelboard: Ten Little Umbrellas & Ten Little Raindrops (modified) (via Storytime Katie)
One little, two little, three little umbrellas,
Four little, five little, six little umbrellas,
Seven little, eight little, nine little umbrellas,
Ten umbrellas up for the rain.
One little, two little, three little raindrops,
Four little, five little, six little raindrops,
Seven little, eight little, nine little raindrops,
Ten raindrops falling down.
Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one,
No raindrops out today! (remove each raindrop while counting down)
Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one,
Everything’s put away! (remove each umbrella while counting down)

Finger Puppet Rhyme: “Two Little Unicorns” (modified Two Little Blackbirds)
Two little unicorns sitting on a hill,
One named Jack, one named Jill.
Gallop away Jack, gallop away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

CRAFT: Letter “Uu” Umbrella!

Letter U Umbrella

Drawing a unicorn shaped letter “U” seemed like more trouble than it was worth, so I decided to go with an umbrella shaped letter “U.” My simplified version was based on an adorable, construction paper prototype I discovered on the Totally Tots Blog. I really wanted to spice up the craft by adding raindrops, but I did not want to add them via PPT or go to the trouble of cutting up sheets of blue card stock into raindrop shaped pieces. Fortunately, I came up with a half way decent alternative. While rummaging through the dollar bins at my local Super Target, I came across packages of rainbow colored happy face stickers…which I used as “rainbow colored raindrops.” My plain example is shown with card stock, but sans stickers. Crayons and colored pencils were provided along with stickers.


The preschoolers were somewhat restless during these back-to-back storytime sessions. Ugh! A Bug  and The Underwear Book were big hits, and the latter earned some giggles. The extension activities went over well, and my munchkins demanded we perform Here We Go three times. The craft was successful, and the children were especially excited by the rainbow colored stickers. Luckily, no-one seemed to mind the fact the raindrops were “special” and unusually shaped and colored. =)


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