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Library Book Care Digital Storytime Lesson


Grade Levels:
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, and 3rd Grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1-2 class periods

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Back to School is a great time to talk to students about caring for library books and preventing library book damage. Low-prep and easy-to-use, this library lesson is designed for the Specials rotation.

Please note that this storytime lesson is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!

Needed to open and edit: Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents

This storytime lesson is editable in Google Slides and PowerPoint, and it includes:

  • 41-slide Lesson Presentation, editable in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
    • Most text is editable; images and heading text are not editable. You choose which slides you want to use.
    • 22 slides are for the read-aloud and/or guided lesson that walks you through the storytime lesson.
    • 19 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • List of 24 library-themed recommended books to read aloud (1 page, PDF)
    • The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for friendship-themed books.
    • All titles were selected specifically for Grades K-3 and received positive professional reviews.
  • Two (2) editable, differentiated scavenger hunts (3 pages)
    • Students “hunt” for images and information in the “scrolling slides” part of the presentation. This gives students something to focus on during library checkout and downtime.
    • Includes 2 scavenger hunts. One is images-only, and the other is images and text.
    • Answer key is included.
  • Detailed, pre-filled Library Lesson Plan in editable PDF and PowerPoint formats (2 pages), aligned to:
    • 2018 AASL National School Library Standards for Learners,
    • National Common Core ELA Standards, and
    • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
  • Lesson tips and tricks (6 pages, PDF)
  • Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)

22 Storytime Lesson / Class Discussion Slides:

Part I is a guided whole-class discussion about library book care and everyday objects that might cause library book damage. The slides walk you through the entire class discussion, from start to finish. It’s a great way to discuss how library books get damaged, what we can do to help mitigate book damages, and what to do if we have or see a damaged library book.

  • 3 recommended library read-alouds and two library book care themed video links.
  • Storytime song: “The Handwashing Song”
  • ASL sign language for “book” — includes video link and clipart image of the sign
  • ASL fingerspelling for “book” — includes images for each letter
  • Discussion prompts: How can ____ hurt a library book? Items causing library book damage include: a dog, dirty hands, a baby, food and drink, water, a backpack, and crayons.
  • 4 “dilemma” discussion prompts about damaged library books
  • Slide for your read-aloud (paste the book cover on the slide).
  • Checkout reminders slide — add your own reminders!
  • “What Should We Do Now?” slide — This is very clear instructions on what students should be doing after the lesson.

19 Scrolling Slides:

The second part is the scrolling slides. Set them on a timer to scroll on a screen during library checkout. Students can use the scrolling slides to complete one of the two Scavenger Hunts. All images and information in the slides relate to the Library Book Care theme.

  • Tips about turning library book pages carefully
  • Vocabulary term: scrub
  • Book vocabulary term: setting
  • 5 tips for taking care of library books
  • 2 book idioms: “the oldest trick in the book” and “throw the book at someone”
  • Kid-friendly joke about bookmarks
  • Who is our librarian?
  • Who is our library assistant?
  • Trivia question about Braille
  • This week’s birthdays
  • 2 Would-You-Rather questions

IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the friendship picture books are NOT included. You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book. If your library owns the interactive ebook that has audio read-aloud, you could also share how to read or access it through your online catalog or ebook management platform.

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire –  C.1. – D.3.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.5.

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Grade Levels

Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade


Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Lesson Plan Included?

Yes, with AASL Standards

Teaching Duration

1-2 class periods


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