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The Library's Early Literacy Program

The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Preschoolers

A Tell Stories Activity for Preschoolers

What Happens Next?

Tell Stories Create stories, play make-believe and let your child be a storyteller.


What Happens Next?

“Then what happened?” When kids ask that question, they are starting to realize that events in stories happen in sequence - first one thing happens, then another, then the next and so on. This skill of understanding sequence is important when children begin to learn to read. Talk about the sequences of everyday life – getting ready for bed, fixing a meal or your child’s routine at school. You can also talk about sequence in the books, stories and songs your child is familiar with and let them help you tell the stories, too.


Five Little Ducks

Five little ducks went out one day, (hold up five fingers)
Over the hill and far away. (hide fingers behind back)
Mother Duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack,” (open and close hand like a duck bill)
But only four little ducks came back. (hold up four fingers)

Repeat until there are no more ducks and for the last line sing:

And all of her five little ducks came back!


Click the book jackets to find these books and more at the Library.

Find these books at

  • On This Airplane
  • On This Airplane by Lourdes Heuer
  • The Sun is Late and So is the Farmer
  • The Sun is Late and So is the Farmer by Philip Stead
  • The Blanket Where Violet Sits
  • The Blanket Where Violet Sits by Allan Wolf


Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

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