Storytime Themes

Storytime is definitely one of my favorite parts of my job, but planning storytimes each week can sometimes be a challenge. Although I haven’t always planned around particular themes (especially for Toddler or Baby Storytimes), I find that sometimes it helps me narrow down my choices. The families at my Musical Storytime seem to appreciate having a theme too.

So here is a rough calendar of themes (some of them based on random holidays), along with some general themes at the bottom. I’ll add more as I get to them.

If you have a theme suggestion or request, please let me know in the comments below.

January

New Year’s Day

Caldecott Awards

Penguins (Penguin Awareness Day)

February

Lunar New Year

Valentine’s Day

Presidents (President’s Day)

March

Pigs (National Pig Day)

Pi Day

Colors (Holi and St. Patrick’s Day)

Spring

April

April Fool’s Day

Libraries (National Library Week)

Earth Day

Wind (Big Wind Day)

El Día de los Niños

May

Space (International Astronomy Day)

Pets (National Pet Week)

Bicycles (National Bike to Work Day)

Swimming (National Learn to Swim Day)

June

Summer

Friends (National Best Friends Day)

Bathtime (International Bath Day)

Bees, Butterflies, & Bats (National Pollinator Month)

Eric Carle (Eric Carle’s Birthday)

July

Fourth of July/Birthdays

Sharks (Shark Awareness Day)

Teddy Bears (Teddy Bear Picnic Day)

August

Elephants (World Elephant Day)

Pirates (International Pirate Month)

September

Back to School

Pirates (Talk Like a Pirate Day)

Welcoming Week

Autumn

Sign Language (International Day of Sign Languages)

October

Kindness to Animals Day

Firefighters (Fire Prevention Week)

Halloween

Scary Stories

November

Native Americans (National Native American Heritage Month)

Thanksgiving

December

Winter

Hanukkah

Christmas

Anytime Themes

Alphabet

Bedtime

Birds

Circles

Counting

Cowboys

Dinosaurs

Dogs

Emotions

Family

Farm

Gorillas

Hats

Ice Cream

Insects & Spiders

Knitting

Music

My Body

Night Sky

Numbers

Opposites

Painting

Toys

Vehicles

Weather

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