Saturday, June 17th, 2023
Worcester, MA

Literature Play

Hi everyone my name is Teresa and I am a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Fun Fact: I have the largest teeth of all of the dinosaurs. 

What do children learn from Literature Play? 

Early literacy skills are the foundation of all learning, and third grade reading proficiency is a critical benchmark. Until grade three children learn to read, after grade three, children read to learn. 

Reading to your child encourages a love of learning. Making reading at bedtime a routine makes bedtime a positive experience for children and parents.

"Chicken On Vacation", Read by Ms. Allison

Listen or read along as Ms. Allison reads Chicken on Vacation and learn to let your imagination take you places! This book is best for kids in preschool and up to first grade. This video was provided by the Worcester Public Library.

Letter Writing in Sprinkles

Letter Writing in Sprinkles Tray ages 3-5 Sprinkles make everything more fun, don’t they? These Montessori-inspired sensory writing trays are such a great way to make learning letters, shapes and numbers fun! We decided to make one using sprinkles because who doesn’t love sprinkles, right? Well, it was a huge hit with Oliver and he proceeded to practice writing the...

Library Lion

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library...

Marco Meets Bylena

Jenny and Mika, from Jump Start, created and illustrated a special story connected with Pagalin - their native language of the Phillipines. Here is the list of Tagalog words we learned today. 1. dagat = sea 2. isda = fish 3. bangka = boat 4. hangin = wind 5. balyena = whale Enjoy!

When a Dragon Moves In

Written by: Jodi Moore Illustrated by: Howard McWilliam Published by: Flashlight Press Read by: Mark Duplass If you build a perfect sandcastle, a dragon will move in. And that’s exactly what happens to one very lucky boy at the beach. Dad is busy sunbathing and Mom is busy with her book, so the boy and dragon roam the beach together,...


Written by: Arthur Dorros Illustrated by: Elisa Kleven Published by: Penguin Random House Read by: J&D Play Fun Come join Rosalba and her grandmother, her abuela, on a magical journey as they fly over the streets, sights, and people of New York City which sparkles below. The story is narrated in English, and sprinkled with Spanish phrases as Abuela points...

Llama Llama Mess Mess Mess

Mama Llama teaches Llama Llama a humorous lesson in cleaning up in Anna Dewdney's bestselling Llama Llama series. Time to pick up all your toys! Why is Mama making noise? Mama says it's cleaning day. Llama only wants to play. Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama is growing up, but he still loves to play with all his toys! When Mama Llama...

Harry the Dirty Dog

Written by: Gene Zion Illustrated by: Margaret Bloy Graham Published by: Harper Collins Read by: Betty White Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything…except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away and has many adventures. When he returns home his family doesn't recognize him! What will happen to Harry?

Alphabet Lids Letter Activity ages 3-6

We love this genius idea of using beverage container lids to practice learning letters. MATERIALS NEEDED FOR ALPHABET LIDS LETTER ACTIVITY: 1. Orange Juice lids (We used Tropicana lids which perfectly hold milk carton lids.) 2. Milk carton lids (standard gallon milk container lids) 3. Black permanent marker HOW TO PLAY: 1. Write uppercase letters on the large orange juice...

Hey, That's My Monster

Written by: Amanda Noll Illustrated by: Howard McWilliam Published by: Flashlight Press Read by: Lily Tomlin When Ethan looks under the bed for his monster, he finds this note instead: “So long, kid. Gotta go. Someone needs me more than you do. –Gabe” How will Ethan ever get to sleep without his monster’s familiar, comforting snorts? And who could need...

Gilberto and the Wind | Gilberto y el veinto

Written by Marie Hall Ets In this story, Gilberto hears the wind whispering at the door and runs out to play. The wind teases Gilberto by carrying his balloon away and breaking his umbrella. The wind is playful too, racing Gilberto, lifting his soap bubbles, knocking down an apple for him to eat, and gently lulling him to sleep. En...

Zombies Don't Eat Veggies - Los Zombis No Comen Verduras!

Written by: Megan and Jorge Lacera Illustrated by: Jorge Lacera Mo Romero is a zombie who loves nothing more than growing, cooking, and eating vegetables. Tomatoes? Tantalizing. Peppers? Pure perfection! The problem? Mo’s parents insist that their niño eat only zombie cuisine, like arm-panadas and finger foods. They tell Mo over and over that zombies don’t eat veggies. But Mo...

Bookworm Workout!

Reading your favorite books and staying active all in one! Doing this activity with children can promote their literacy skills and physical activity while having fun at the same time. How to Play: Choose a book with a lot of repeating words or groups of words Pick a certain activity or skill that your child will do each time those...

Carla's Sandwich

When Carla brings weird sandwiches to school, her classmates have plenty to say about them. “That’s sick!” says Leslie. “That’s disgusting!” says Natie. But Carla thinks otherwise. “It’s unique. It’s creative.” - Just like Carla. Written by: Debbie Herman Illustrated by: Sheila Bailey Read by: Allison Janney

Plastic Easter Egg Spin and Spell

Spin & Spell Easter Egg is a fun activity for preschool and kindergarten age kids to reuse plastic Easter eggs to practice spelling, rhyming & reading simple sight words. It’s also excellent for building fine motor skills as sometimes the egg comes apart when spinning and has to be put back together.

"An Extraordinary Egg" by Leo Lionni

It's an extraordinary day on Pebble Island for three frogs when one of them discovers a beautiful white egg. They've never seen a chicken egg before, but they're sure that's what this must be. So when the egg hatches and out crawls a long green, scaly creature, they naturally call it . . . a chicken! From award winning-artist Leo...

"Hula-Hoopin' Queen" - Read by Oprah Winfrey

"The Hula-Hoopin' Queen" was written by: Thelma Godin and Illustrated by: Vanessa Brantley-Newton Oprah Winfrey reads the book Hula-Hoopin' Queen! The book is about a spunky African American girl who has a hula-hooping competition with her friends in Harlem and soon everyone in the neighborhood--young and old alike--joins in on the fun. Then watch a friendly Hula Hoop competition. Who...

Toddler-Pre-K Storytime with Ms. Allison

In this video listen to Ms. Allison read Two Little Monkeys, then stick around to sing along to some familiar songs as well as some new ones. This video was provided by the Worcester Public Library.

"Clark the Shark" read by Chris Pine

Clark the Shark is a great read-aloud picture book, with fun rhythm and rhyme, from the ever-popular author Bruce Hale and illustrator Guy Francis. Actor Chris Pine reads the book - Clark is a shark with zing, bang, and BOOM. Clark zooms into school, crashes through the classroom, and is rowdy at recess. Clark loves life—but when his enthusiasm is...

"Not Norman: A Goldfish Story" by Kelly Bennet

Norman the goldfish isn’t what this little boy had in mind. He wanted a different kind of pet — one that could run and catch, or chase string and climb trees, a soft furry pet to sleep on his bed at night. Definitely not Norman. But when he tries to trade Norman for a "good pet," things don’t go as...

Babytime with Ms. Cara and Rory

Listen as Ms. Cara and Rory read I am a Puppy and Ah, Music! which is a great book for older kids to introduce them to music. Sing along as Rory and Ms. Cara sing Swing Me Over the Ocean too! This video was provided by the Worcester Public Library.

"Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match" ("Marisol McDonald no combina")

Marisol McDonald has flaming red hair and nut-brown skin. Polka dots and stripes are her favorite combination. She prefers peanut butter and jelly burritos in her lunch box. And don’t even think of asking her to choose one or the other activity at recess—she’ll just be a soccer playing pirate princess, thank you very much. To Marisol McDonald, these seemingly...

"Good Night, Good Night Construction Site"

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet,...

Alphabet Rocks Construction Site

Learn the alphabet and practice spelling words using alphabet rocks in a construction site play activity! Lots of hands on fun and learning and a great small world play activity rolled into one.

"Guli Guli" - Read by Robert Guillaume

Written and Illustrated by: Chih-Yuan Chen Guji Guji is quite content with his life as a duckling, despite the fact that he doesn't look anything like his brothers. Then one fateful day, he meets up with three nasty, grinning creatures...

Live Programming at the Worcester Public Library (Registration required!)

We are pleased to partner with the Worcester Public Library Children's Department to offer FREE LIVE programming during the week of the Day of Play Festival! Register for programs using the links provided. Monday, September 14 Fiesta Fun with Rockabye Beats! 10am – 10:30am Sing and dance along in this virtual music show for kids! Register here to receive your...

"Lucky Bamboo", Read by Ms. Iris

In this video listen to Ms. Iris read Lucky Bamboo, a story about an adventurous little Panda. This video was provided by the Worcester Public Library.

Baby Storytime with Ms. Cara and Rory

In this video listen as Ms. Cara and Rory read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and What Was That! This video was provided by the Worcester Public Library.

Preschool Storytime with Ms. Allison

In this video listen to Ms. Allison read Bear Says Thanks. After the reading stick around to sing along to some fun tunes! This video was provided by the Worcester Public Library.
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