Storytime: Letter Z


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


My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
Zigby Camps Out by Brian Paterson
Alpha Oops!: The Day Z Went First
by Alethea Kontis
Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo
by Karma Wilson
Peek-a-Zoo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti
by Bernard Most
Zee by Michel Gay
by Kathryn Otoshi
by Mem Fox
Alison’s Zinnia
by Anita Lobel
Llama Llama Zippity-Zoom by Anna Dewdney
Good Zap Little Grog
by Sarah Wilson
Bembo Zoo: An Animal ABC
Book by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich
The Great Escape from City Zoo
by Tobby Riddle


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


Letter Z Books

Two at the Zoo by Danna Smith
Zigby Camps Out by Brian Paterson
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon! by Dan Yaccarino


Rhyme: 26th portion of Animal Alphabet Rhyme

Song: ABC Song

Flannelboard: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Finger Puppet Rhyme: You Can Hear (via Perpetual Preschool via StorytimeKatie)
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring, you can hear the lions roaring
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!

(Elephants trumpeting, monkey eeking, zebra braying)
(to the tune of She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain)

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

Music & Movement Song: Zoom Zoom Zoom (w/ Shakers & Eggs)

CRAFT: Letter “Zz” Zebra!

Letter Z Zebra

This week’s letter Z-shaped storytime craft was inspired a construction paper copy from The Vintage Umbrella that I found via Pinterest. To make assembly easy I decided to forgo using construction paper, and opted to make a quick sketch. I scanned my drawing, printed multiple copies and cut everything down to size.  Construction paper, crayons and colored pencils were provided.


The older preschoolers graduated and went off to kindergarten, so both classes were much smaller in size than I’ve come to expect. Not surprisingly, storytime was a quieter affair (between extension activities), and the remaining preschoolers were very well behaved and attentive. The read-a-loud stories went over really well, especially Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! The extension activities were equally successful. In fact, the munchkins were giddy with delight over using the shakers and pom-poms during the Music & Movement Song: Zoom Zoom Zoom. 


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