Storytime theme: I Love My Family

This week in the library we talked about our families.  The kids absolutely love to tell me stories about their moms and dads and even their grandparents or extended family.  We had fun putting on our thinking caps and asking questions about what is a family, where do they live, who all is in our family. (and, yes, I made sure to add pets to that ,too!)  Then we made some precious keepsakes that can be kept for parents or given to family as a sweet surprise!


  • Your Kind of Mommy  by Marjorie Blain Parker  (This books show us all of the special ways our mommies love us.)
  • The Baby Sister by Tomie dePaola (Lots of changes are in place for Tommy as he learns to be patient awaiting the arrival of his baby sister.)
  • What! Cried Granny: An Almost Bedtime Story  by Kate Lum  (This really funny story tells what happened the night Patrick spent the night with his unprepared Grandmother for the first time! )
  • Big Brother, Little Brother by Marci Curtis  (Gives us a real time glance into the special relationship brothers have.  Bonus!  It is illustrated with fun photography!)
  • I Got a Family by Melrose Cooper (This story tells us about the different members in a family using an engaging rhyme and beat!)

Activity  toddler craft  

“My Family” Handprint signs: This toddler craft offered a sweet moment between child and caregiver.  The children placed their hand in the center of the heart and the caregiver traced their hand.  This came with a poem about families, as well as a time and date stamp.


I Love My Family Houses:  Children, with guidance from their caregivers, cut out a square and a triangle to form the house.  Then they drew the members of their family on the house.  Finally, they cut out a heart (see below) and glued it onto the roof.  They were very proud of their creations! family craft


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This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!


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