Multimedia Storytime for One-Year-Olds, by Shelley Black Holley

I have worked in the library field thirteen years, and seven of them have been in Children’s Services. In the past year, I have expanded to using apps, along with music, movement, and books in my classes. Planning programming is a major part of my job. I love giving storytimes and introducing books and literacy to my classes. Staying current and sharing technology with my patrons is another wonderful part of being a librarian. Being a children’s librarian is such an honor because we help parents and children explore the world through literacy, technology, art and music every day at the library! Here’s a recent program I shared with one-year-olds.

Multimedia Storytime by Miss Shelley for One-Year-Olds

Southington Public Library – Southington Connecticut
Wonderful Ones (Ages 10 to 24 months) Theme – Colors

Entrance Songs
1. Here Comes the Sun by Rockabye Baby
2. Across the Universe by Rockabye Baby

3. Shaky Shaky by The Wiggles (use shaker eggs)
4. Here Comes a Bear by The Wiggles
5. Little Wheel in My Heart by Laurie Berkner Band (use scarves)

Finger Plays
Busy Hands
Today Is

Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry, a color board book that worked well the for this age group

1App- Zoola Animals
This is a free app that shows animals. We sing. Who’s in the picture? Who’s in the picture today? We look at the app and the animal’s pictures. We identify them and make their noises.

6. Hey Duckie by Bari Koral (use ducks and bells)

Finger Plays
Falling Leaves

7. Subway by Bari Koral (use eggs and bells)

Baby Max – Red Boots by Rosemary Wells

This book was from the website You need to join the site, but it is free and there are several books. It is awesome. I read this book and we talked about colors and counted items. It is projected on the screen via a projector. The children come up front and sit with their parents. The children and parents enjoy seeing it up on the screen and talking about the big book!

8. Good-Bye Song by Yo Gabba Gabba (2x)

Give out Stickers


  • Selection of color themed books
    • Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin
    • I Spy on the Farm by Edward Gibbs
    • Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry
  • CD with music
  • iPad
  • Projector
  • Zoola App
  • Computer with Internet
  • Bells
  • Shaker eggs
  • Rubber ducks
  • Nametags for learning name recognition
  • Words to finger plays and music on PowerPoint presented on projector.
  • I embed the songs into the PowerPoint and have a CD of songs for backup
  • Website with books online today we used –
  • Finger Plays ideas from Mailbox magazine and wonderful children’s librarians and blogs (I changed parts as needed)
  • List of books and music updated weekly on Pinterest
Shelley Black Holley, M.L.S., works at the Southington Public Library. She has more library information on her blogShe can be contacted at In addition to her library work, Shelley is the mother of two and has been married over 20 years. She loves to travel, especially to Disney World.

About Amy Koester

I'm a youth services librarian with a penchant for exciting ideas and engaging programs. It's a sure bet that if you talk to me about STEAM, whimsy, and trying new things, we'll be best friends forever.

Posted on December 16, 2013, in Apps, Story Time and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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