Gather the kids ’round, sit down and let the reading begin! Every single weekday, there’s a kids’ story hour that can add a fun plot twist to your usual eat-sleep-play routine. From toy stores to libraries, we’re telling you where to head for your book fix.

little-threads-storyhourphoto: Nili Yelin / Little Threads

THE STORYBOOK MOM
Attending a weekly storytime with The Storybook Mom will one day be at the top of the list for “You know you had an awesome childhood if you….” Nili engages young readers of all ages through a variety of new and classic books, while sprinkling songs and movement in as well. You can watch Nili bring characters to life by dropping in at one of her wildly popular events at some of our favorite spots throughout the week.

Monday
10:30 a.m., Little Threads, Roscoe Village, Free

Tuesday
10:30 a.m. through Dec, Monica + Andy at Northbrook Court, 2nd floor, Free
4 p.m. Mrs. Green’s Neighborhood Market, Winnetka, Free

Wednesday
10:30 a.m., Purple Monkey Playroom (beginning Oct. 21), Bucktown, Included with drop-in play
4:15 p.m., Monica + Andy, Lincoln Park, Free

Thursday
10:30 a.m., First Thursday each month, The Book Market at Hanger One, Glenview, Free
10 a.m., Second Thursday each month, Sweet Buddha Storytime Class, Glencoe, Free
11 a.m., Third & Fourth Thursday each month, Froyo Chicago Cafe, Southport, Free

Friday
11 a.m., The Book Cellar, Lincoln Square, Free

Saturday
10:30 a.m., Second Saturday each month, Gather Play Space, Evanston, Included with drop-in play

Miss Jamie from the Farm at Mariano's

photo: Miss Jamie From the Farm/Mariano’s

MISS JAMIE FROM THE FARM

The best stories are those that ingrain lessons to live by. In our fast paced city/suburban living, where our food comes from and how to be kind to the earth are two lessons that are not easy to find. Miss Jamie from the farm not only brings farm characters and stories to life in her storytime, she does it on a multimedia platform. She often uses her own books, instruments, puppets, songs and dances to tell the story of life on the farm and healthy choices.

Miss Jamie and Friends can be seen at several public events throughout the year. However, consistently, you can get farmy with her monthly at every Mariano’s throughout the state, for FREE (or maybe the cost of groceries since you will likely not walk out empty handed). Check her calendar to find out when she will be at a Mariano’s in your neighborhood.

OAK PARK LIBRARY
The Oak Park Public Library has one of the most dynamic offerings of storytimes. Your bookworms, your restless, tiniest babies and sensory sensitive children all have a place at this library. Visit their website for the full schedule because each of their three branches has different offerings and times. An Oak Park Public Library card is required to attend some of our storytimes. Non-resident guests are welcome to attend sessions marked with an asterisk (*) on their website.

Main Branch, 834 Lake St., 708-383-8200
Maze Branch, 845 Gunderson Ave., 708-386-4751
Dole Branch, 255 Augusta St., 708-386-9032
Oak Park
Online: oppl.org

WILMETTE LIBRARY
The Wilmette Public Library has different free weekly storytimes to meet the changing developmental needs of young readers. Lasting 25-30 minutes, each storytime has songs, activities and stories that engage each age group! Rhymetime, geared towards the under 3 set, is fast-paced and aimed at keeping the attention of little ones. The Preschool Storytime engages longer stories while still giving lots of wiggle and giggle time.

Monday
10:30 a.m., Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 & up)

Tuesday
9:30 a.m. & 4 p.m., Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 & up)

Wednesday
9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Rhymetime (Ages 18 months & up)

Thursday
10:30 a.m., Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 & up)

Friday
9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Rhymetime (Ages 18 months & up)

Be sure to check out their website for all of the “special” storytimes they have coming up. In addition to the weekly times, they also have events like bilingual storytimes, story walks and pajama storytime.

1242 Wilmette Ave.
Wilmette
847-256-5025
Online: wilmettelibrary.info

Play-Logan-Square-1photo: Play

PLAY
he unique children’s toy store in Logan square has a great selection of books among their toys. They understand that storytime is play time! Twice a week, families are invited in to listen to stories from this selection. Games and singing are woven throughout the storytime. While this is usually held in the store, on nice warm days they often venture outside!

Tuesdays at 11am; Thursdays at 3pm
3109 W. Logan Blvd.
Logan Square
773-227-6504
Online: playlogansquare.com

women-and-children-first-story-hourphoto: Women and Children First

WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST
Cozy up in the corner of The Women and Children First Bookstore in Andersonville every Wednesday. The storytellers choose a few books from their book shelves to share with children and families. Geared towards the 2 and up crowd. A $1 donation is requested.

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
5233 N. Clark St.
773-769-9299
Online: womenandchildrenfirst.com

 

red-balloon-storytimephoto: The Red Balloon

THE RED BALLON
Grab a carpet square and circle around for story time at The Red Balloon’s Southport location.  Kiddos can get lost in old and new favorites while mom and dad shop ’til they drop.  If your child is prone to a case of the can’t-sit-stills, rest assured that they are welcome to move, groove and make a friend or two.

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
3651 N. Southport Ave.
Southport
773-549-9800
Online: theredballoon.com

BARNES AND NOBLE
Chi-town tots are invited to free storytime events every week at Barnes and Noble in the kiddy section. The invitations cover a wide range of ages and interests. Making the offer even sweeter, the storytime is sometimes accompanied by various kinds of cookies from the café specially made for little bookworms.

Wednesday at 10 a.m.
1441 W. Webster Ave.
773-871-3610
Online: barnesandnoble.com

volumes-cafephoto: Volumes Book Cafe

VOLUMES BOOK CAFÉ
Pop into the newly opened book café in Wicker Park for storytime with the owner, a former pre-K teacher, Miss Kimberly. She offers not only great recommendations for young readers based on the age group and interests, but also a tasty menu of baked goods, quality espresso drinks and even some local brews.

Wednesday at 10 a.m.
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.
773-697-8066
Online: volumesbooks.com

Where do you go for story time? Let us know in the Comments below!

— Anli Chen