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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.

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.

"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.

"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.

"Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug"

Tiny T. Rex has a HUGE problem. His friend Pointy needs cheering up and only a hug will do. But with his short stature and teeny T. Rex arms, is a hug impossible? Not if Tiny has anything to say about it! Join this plucky little dinosaur in his very first adventure, Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug—a warm...

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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