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Goldie's Kids Club - Storytime

Goldie's Storytime

Iowa is full of colorful characters! Meet a few on the third Wednesday of each month with a digital storytime program with Goldie's Kids Club. Each month, a new book recommendation and hands-on activity with an Iowa connection will be digitally released. This at-home program is recommended for young historians (ages 3-7).

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New & Upcoming Goldie's Storytime Activities

New storytime activities and videos are released on the first Saturday of each month. Check back each month to discover a new story.

Release Month Book & Activity Instructions Activity Video
September 2023  Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus Iowa State Flag Activity
October 2023 Released on October 7 --
November 2023 Released on November 4 --
December 2023 Released on December 2 --


Past Storytime Activities

Jump into past Storytime activities to learn more about Iowa history. You can also find past activity videos on the Goldie's Kids Club YouTube Playlist.

Book & Activity Instructions Activity Video
Aliens Are Coming!: The True Account Of The 1938 War Of The Worlds Radio Broadcast by Meghan McCarthy Sound Effects
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal Name Activity
Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer Make Colorful Paper Oak Leaves and Acorns
County Fair (adapted from the Little House books) by Laura Ingalls Wilder --
Extra Yarn by Marc Barnett Yarn Snowflakes
Flowers Are Calling by Rita Gray Create an Origami Paper Flower
Fry Bread: A Native American Story by Kevin Noble Maillard Baking Bread
Going to Town (adapted from the Little House books) by Laura Ingalls Wilder Construct a Paper Basket
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco Patch Together a Friendship Quilt
The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming Create a Handprint Acorn
A Little House Birthday (adapted from the Little House books) by Laura Ingalls Wilder --
The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie
by Andrew Larson
Design a Bookmark
Nightime in Owl's Head by Christine Guzzo Vickery Create Paper Plate Owls
Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle Create a Paper Snowflake Blizzard
Smart About Chocolate: A Sweet History by Sandra Markle Make Homemade Fudge
Snow Birds by Kirsten Hall Mold Your Own Goldfinch
Sweet Corn and Sushi: The Story of Iowa and Yamanashi by Lori Erickson Construct an Origami Pig
A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson Construct Paper Plate Doves
Ten Beautiful Things by Molly Griffin Favorite Thing List
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner Design Popsicle Stick Garden Gnomes
A Weed is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki Torn Paper Landscapes
Winter Days in the Big Woods (adapted from the Little House books) by Laura Ingalls Wilder Create Homemade Butter

Storytime Booklists

At-home storytime is an effective way to promote language and literacy skills and help encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning. Below are recommended books to help guide your child's learning to incorporate more history into your reading list.