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Preschool: For children 0-5 years old

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Dial A Story / Telecuentos

For over 20 years the children of San Antonio have been calling in to Dial-A-Story to hear a children's story.  The children's librarians record new stories every Tuesday and Friday, one in English and one in Spanish. 

Just call 210.207.4466 to listen!

Songs and Rhymes for Babies and Toddlers

Baby and Toddler Time at Home

The Spring Book by Todd Parr

Opening song: These Are My Glasses" by Laurie Berkner

Finger play rhyme: Five Little Ducks” 

Book: “The Spring Book” by Todd Parr

Find this title at a SAPL location on our online catalog

Action song: “Windy Day” 

Closing song: Bye Bye, Butterfly” 

Extension activity: Take a nature hike! Stroll around your neighborhood, visit a local park, or take time to investigate your backyard together. What colors can you find? What shapes do you see? Point them out together and discuss while you explore.

My Car by Byron Barton

Introductory Song:  H. E. L. L. O.  
Read Aloud:  My Car by Byron Barton 
     View the reading of the story together.  Remember, you can pause the video to have a discussion with your child about elements of the story.
Action Song:  "Drive My Car"     Laurie Berkner 
Fingerplay:  "Five Little Cars"    Gymboree 
Extension Activity:  Parking Game 


  • Small boxes (shoeboxes and cereal boxes work well) 
  • 3-4 toy cars in different colors 
  • Scissors 
  • Construction paper 
  • Glue 

 In one side of each box cut a garage door big enough to fit a toy car.  Cover each box with colored construction paper, matching the colors of the paper to the cars.  Turn each box upside down so the bottom of the box is the roof of the garage.  Encourage your child to park each car in the garage of the same color.   

(from The Toddler's Busy Book by Trish Kuffner) 

Mouse's First Valentine

Opening Song: “We Clap and Sing Hello” 
Action Song: “Bubble Bubble Pop”

Mouse’s First Valentine” by Lauren Thompson
     Check out this book from the San Antonio Public Library to read it together. 

Action Song:
Skinnamarink Song

Goodbye Song: 
This is the Way We Wave Goodbye

Family Activity:  With your parent/caregiver, go back through the book.  What items did mouse find during his/her first Valentine’s Day?  Describe what colors, shapes and even textures with the found objects.  Discuss what you and your grown-up will use to make a valentine—will it be red or pink?  Will it have heart stickers on it?  How about lace?  Together, using white or red or pink copy or construction paper, crayons or markers, make a valentine and decorate it!    

Maggie and Michael Get Dressed by Denise Fleming

Opening Song: Hello, Friends
Read Aloud:  Maggie and Michael Get Dressed by Denise Fleming 

     Check out this book from the San Antonio Public Library to read it together. 
Action Song:  Baby Put Your Pants On
Action Song:  This Is the Way We Get Dressed
Flannel Story: Teddy Bear Dress Up

Extension Activity:  Early Learning Color Hunt 

Help your child learn his colors by going on a color hunt together!

To begin, show your child an object that represents the color you’re looking for, name the color, then put it in a bag.  Do this two or three times, then let your child be the hunter.  When you’re finished, empty your bags and name the items together (red sock, red ball, red cup).  You can also hunt for colors (without collecting objects) at the grocery store or when you’re driving along together. (from The Toddler's Busy Book by Trish Kuffner) 

Grumpy Pants by Clare Messer

Action Song: Snowflakes, Snowflakes
Action Song: Walrus Washes His Winter Coat:
Read Aloud: Grumpy Pants by Clare Messer
You can check out this book from our collection to read at home: Grumpy Pants by Clare Messer

Finger Play: Two Little Penguins
Action Song: Washing Machine
Activity: In December it should be getting cold outside, so bring out the blankets, pillows, sheets and more for kids to play. Make a fort, stack pillows, or create a tunnel for kids to enjoy. Bring out a flashlight to add even more fun. Get inspired with our SAPL Free Play Friday Blankets and More video. 

Books for Babies and Toddlers: Women's History Month Celebration

I Look Up to Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I Want To Be: A Gusty Girls' ABC
The Life of  Selena
Ladybug Girl and her Papa
Bloom by Ruth Foreman
This Little Trailblazer
I look up to Misty Copeland
The Life of Dolores
Once Upon a World: Cinderella