Books and Literature
Preschool Activities and Crafts

Themes > Books, Children's Picture Books, Literature
Related themes > Biographies | Fables | Fairy Tales | Inventions Kids Love | Nursery Rhymes | Online Story time

Come and have fun with picture books for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten and adaptable for first grade.  Visit a subject to find recommended children's literature tied to activities that include easy instructions and a list of materials needed.  You will find lesson plans, crafts, Printable Activities, and related resources. Age recommendations are indicated next to the title, but many books may be used earlier or later based on your own judgment.

This is a labor of love in progress.  I would love to hear your kind comments and ideas to make this a better site.  More book activities will be added regularly!


Book recommendation and activities
Please note that many titles are available in e-book format to read online

Art Appreciation & Visual Arts
All About Me
Character Education
Animals (or Animal Characters)
Apes (chimpanzee, gorilla, orangutan and gibbon):
Chicken | Hen, chicks or rooster:  
Dog or puppy - Pets:
Ducks > 
Eggs > 
Gorilla >
Mouse theme picture books activities:
  • Whale - fish - shark > Finbo (3+) [read online] 
Back to School
First Day of School
  • Chrysanthemum (4+) first day of school - getting along - my teacher [read-along video]
  • The Kissing Hand (4+) first day of school, separation anxiety [read-along video]
Community Helpers
  • Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (4+) [view video]
  • Review all animals [non-fiction], weather, seasons books
Fairy Tales & Fables
(includes fairy tales, folk tales, tall tales & legends)
  • Fables > various to read or print online
  • Fairy tales > folk tales, classical stories, legends > various to read or print online
Music - songs
Nursery Rhymes
Outer space

Plants - Growing Things




Printable Bookmarks to Make

Printable Bookmarks to Make
Learn shapes, and other concepts with these bookmark crafts

Literacy Events

  • March 2nd > Read Across America (info.)
  • April > 
     School Library Media Month (info.)
    National Library Week (info.)
  • May > National Children's Book Week
  • July 28th > Children's Author > Beatrix Potter's Birthday
  • September >
     Library Month Sign-up Card (info.)
    Sept. 8 - International Literacy Day- UNESCO (info.)
  • October > International School Library Month (info.)
  • November > 
    National Author's Day (Nov. 1st)
    National Family Literacy Day (info)   

Children's Literature Resources | Links
Books, books!  What can I read today?