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The Library's Early Literacy Program

The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Preschoolers

A Tell Stories Activity for Preschoolers

Wordless Books

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


Wordless Books

Wordless books can be a little overwhelming for adults but they are fun to share with kids and offer so many opportunities for storytelling. When you read a book without words, slow down and take your time. Talk about the pictures and describe what is happening. Take turns making up a story together - you can keep it simple! 


I'm a Little Teapot

I'm a little tea pot, short and stout.

Here is my handle, here is my spout. (place one hand on your hip and the other sticking out from your body like a spout)

When I get all steamed up, hear me shout.

Tip me over and pour me out! (lean to the side to pour the tea)


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

Find these books at

  • Lola's Heart
  • Lola's Heart by Alexandra Boiger
  • Once, a Bird
  • Once, a Bird by Rina Singh
  • Next Door
  • Next Door by Deborah Kerbel


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.

Find Storytimes