For the Love of Reading

Share your love for reading by participating in a local library preschool story hour program. Research and observe a preschool story-hour programs, and plan one story hour reading and related activity.


  • Essential Questions:
    • Why do I love to read?
    • How do I help preschool children develop a love of reading?
    • How do I use my love for reading to build communication and social skills with the librarians, story-hour participants & their parents?
  • Area of study: English or elective
  • Type and amount of credit earned: 2 English or elective credits
  • Community partner: community librarian


English Competencies

  • Reading: comprehend, analyze, and critique a variety of increasingly complex print & non-print informational texts
  • Writing: write to effectively convey ideas for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Research: engage in research/inquiry to investigate topics and to analyze, integrate, and present information
  • Speaking & Listening: purposely, effectively, and strategically make decisions about content, language use, and discourse style

ELO Competencies

  • Prepare, initiate & participate in conversation with story hour attendees by asking for feedback/comments on books read, and ask comprehension questions
  • Explore books through play by developing games and/or art projects to conduct with story hour participants

See the detailed ELO description for the full text of these competencies.

Student activities

  • Conduct research on the history of community library story hour programs.
  • Research the components of a successful community/library preschool story hour.
  • Record observations of the story hour and evaluate the program using tenets from the research.
  • Use a review site/periodical to create a recommended list of 12 children’s books to review with librarian in preparation for reading during story hour.
  • Shadow the children’s librarian during story hour, record observations, and debrief.
  • Explore Read Storytime Share to review ways to build in an activity related to chosen book.
  • Choose a children’s book, create an activity, and conduct a mock story hour with the librarian.
  • Conduct story hour reading and activity.
  • Make a video of the story hour reading and activity.
  • Record weekly reflections and write final reflection paper.


Student is assessed based on portfolio of work including the weekly reflection journal, a research binder, and a project presentation of the story hour video. To earn English credit, the student presents their project to their English teacher and/or student teachers, English department director, ELO coordinator, and guidance counselor to determine the quality of the project and presentation, and whether student has fulfilled the requirements and earned two English/Elective credits.

This ELO was submitted by Nancy Travers, Winnacunnet High School

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