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Tell Me a Story: Grandparents’ Workshop on Reading to Children

Program Description

We live in a highly technical society; it is important to be sure the simple pleasure of generations bonding through books is preserved. This program encourages the process.


  • Basic training in storytelling and story reading.
  • Easy fingerplays for grandparents to use with their grandchildren.
  • Guidelines for choosing age-appropriate materials with recommendations of suitable books from the collection.


  • Children’s librarian.
  • Family learning center specialist.
  • Length – 1½ hours.
  • Circle seating.
  • Preparation time – 1 hour.
Learn More About It
  • Best Books for Children: Preschool through Grade 6. 6th ed. New Providence, NJ: Bowker, 1998.
  • Cooper, Kay. Too Many Rabbits and Other Fingerplays about Animals, Nature, Weather, and the Universe. New York: Scholastic, 1995.
  • Freeman, Judy. Books Kids Will Sit Still For. New York: Bowker, 1990.

Make It Special

  • Include a tour of the children’s department.
  • Make sure participants know when storytime programs are held at your library.
  • Chose an audience member in advance to participate in the reading of a story.
  • Prepare and distribute an annotated bibliography of books from the collection.
  • Compile and distribute a small booklet of copyright-free fingerplays and piggyback songs.

Market It

Churches, day care centers, senior centers, apartment complexes.

Reprinted with permission from the Missouri State Library and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

  • Montana State Library
  • P.O. Box 201800, 1515 East 6th Avenue
  • Helena, MT 59620-1800
  • Phone: (406) 444-3115
  • Fax: (406) 444-0266
  • msl.mt.gov