Laptime and Storytime

a library storytelling resource

Defining Storytime and Laptime



A 15 to 20 minute storytime for babies and toddlers. One, maybe two stories mixed in with a lot of songs and fingerplays designed to introduce these youngest children to spacial relationships, color, sound, fine motor skills, baby sign language and body movement.  


A 30 minute storytime for three-year olds and preschoolers. Three to four stories alternated with action/get-the-wiggles-out songs and rhymes with an overall purpose of introducing children to books and stories.


A note from Amy:

I am creating this website as a reference resource for library storytellers, as well as parents and child care givers.

I finally decided that there needs to be some way to update and keep all my years of research and data current and easily accessable. I also want to share what I have learned. If you love this site, let me know! If you have a theme you would like to see, again just hop over to the blog and drop me a line. Hopefully this will be just the beginning.


A mix of Laptime & Storytime programs 




  • Scary Library
    Book Recommendations, Book Care and Stories to Share

Quick link to my handmade felt stories


My goal is to have this site achieve the following:

1- Create an up-to-date repository for my collected fingerplays, children's songs, tell-aloud books and ideas and links for storytimes and laptimes. I will always try to credit my sources, track down the original authors, and provide a link to them if possible.

My history:
I have worked in the Children's department of the Orem Public Library since 1995. I am a product of this incredible library and proud of it. Let me add that this site is not part of the Orem Library, I just work there. I'm doing this for fun, for me, for the kids. It's a labor of love.
Most of the fingerplays, songs and rhymes I have collected are from hearing our wonderful volunteers, over a period of many years, as they have presented their programs. That means that tracing back the original source is difficult, if not impossible.

I also do a lot of adjusting to my fingerplays. For me, they have to have a catchy ending, be a learning tool or just be incredibly fun to perform. I revise fingerplays that seem to 'fall flat',  I try to make them more interesting and I want them to make sense. I never was fond of nonsense rhymes. Other times I just go on a google search to see what I can find!

Since coming to work at the Orem Library, with it's very large children's wing, I have had the opportunity to observe and participate in many many types of storytelling experiences: from the pros at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Orem Utah, the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough Tennesee, to the everyday one on one read-aloud time that no child should be deprived of.

I warn you, I am not a musical person, What I do have is enthusiasm and a love of helping little minds grow while providing opportunities for parent to child bonding.

The book that began here--yes this is my book on puppetry
Pirates in Pajamas
Check out the whole site- I also love Baby Pirates!
Puppets, lots!
Music & Books
Classes to take with your young child
American Sign Language
Interactive Props 

Resource Books

by Jane Cobb 
by Jackie Silberg & Pam Schiller 
by Annie Patterson & Peter Blood 
by Cynthia Stilley & Charles Hansen 
by Kendall Haven & MaryGay Ducey 

The BIG ones, Storytelling for the rest of us:

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

National Storytelling Festival

Amazing Storytellers

    Donald Davis
 My favorite...



Local Tellers Websites

Authors & Illustrators
that I love listening to and working with
(most are local, some are not)


Read Aloud Booklets 
- with OPL Call #'s
Picture Books
Award Winners
 Other Links