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Share a Story: Lion Storytime

If you missed our Lion-themed Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a roaring good storytime that you can do at home. 

From Storytime

Fiercely feline by Kelly Calhoun

Young children are natural problem solvers and always looking for answers, especially when it involves animals. Using the photos and text, readers rely on visual literacy skills, reading, and reasoning as they solve the animal mystery. Clearly written facts give readers a deeper understanding of how the animal lives. More in this fun series can be found in the nonfiction collection.


If you know Old Macdonald, you know it's easily adaptable, so we used the following animals:

     Elephant, Snake, Butterfly, Frog, Lion

And of course, made the appropriate animal noises or actions for each verse.

The lion and the mouse by Jenny Broom

A bright and beautiful edition of this well-known fable, but there are most definitely others to choose from.

A celebration of wildlife blends a counting exercise and charcoal drawings of ten threatened and endangered creatures, including lions, elephants, and pandas, complemented by poetic notes on their respective characteristics and behaviors.


This is a wonderfully adaptable rhyme, and possibly my favorite one to do:

     Five little lions out for a stroll (hold out five fingers).

     One tripped on his tail and started to roll (roll your hands - roll them really fast!).

     He bounced on a rock and landed with a growl (growl nice and angry).

     How many lions are left to prowl? (and repeat the verse while counting down).

This is fun! [sound recording] by Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants (a.k.a. Chris Ballew, lead singer of the Seattle-based band Presidents of the United States of America) captures children and adults with his light, airy folk music that will make you happy and want to get up and dance. For the Parachute this week, we used "Baby and the Animals," but who can resist an album with that kind of cover?

More Songs and Stories to Enjoy

In this version of Little Red Riding Hood, set on the African plains, Little Red realizes what the Very Hungry Lion is up to, and teaches him a lesson before generously sharing her donuts with him.

Members of a large group of animals, including a penguin, two rabbits, and a koala, disappear at an alarming rate but the hungry lion remains.

How to hide a lion by Helen Stephens

Iris understands that grown-ups are afraid of lions, but when she finds one in her playhouse she knows he is kind so she keeps him hidden from her parents for as long as possible.

Text and illustrations describe animal yoga poses designed to promote flexibility and focus in children.

Lion, lion by Miriam Busch

A young boy encounters a lion while trying to find his pet cat--meeting a number of other animals along the way.