Library online storytime and rhymetime

We hope you enjoy staying connected to your library service. Sharing books and rhymes together are activities we can all enjoy and really makes a difference to a child’s learning and development. Story times and Rhyme times will be saved on this webpage so you can enjoy at any time!

Now sit back and relax as we take a moment during our day to enjoy stories and rhymes from our library staff:

Stories from the Big Red Chair

Stories from the Big Red Chair.

Other storytimes and rhymetimes we think you’ll enjoy.

Bookstart Bear sings The Handwash Rhyme

Bookstart Bear Singing The Handwash Rhyme.

Bookstart Bear at Bradford Libraries helps children to stay safe by singing a new handwash rhyme. This rhyme will help children wash their hands for the recommended 20 seconds and also demonstrates how to wash hands correctly following NHS guidelines.

Rainbows – a poem by library staff

Rainbow Poem.
Poetry and rhymes are an easy way to keep your child interested in words which will help them along their reading journey. Please take a moment to listen to Rainbows and then why not display a rainbow picture in your window to make passers by smile.

Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge with National Childbirth Trust

National Childbirth Trust.

Join Bradford and Airedale National Childbirth Trust as they take the 2023-24 Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge.

I Had A Little Turtle
Hop A Little, Jump A Little
A Sailor Went To Sea Sea Sea
Run Run Run All Day To The Library
Brother John (English)

Don’t forget that you can take the Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge here  – Rhyme Challenge page.

Author Rachel Jane - Storytime

Author Rachel Jane.
Rachel Jane takes us on a picture book campervan adventure with her characters Milo, Lil and Tallulah. Rachel has very kindly recorded one of her exciting stories for us to share with you – Big super thanks to Rachel.

Author Louise Aaron – Storytime

Author Louise Aaron.

We are excited to have Louise Aaron, a local author, reading her great picture book Jamasaurus.  The storytime was recorded especially for Bradford Libraries – Thanks Louise!

Bradford 50 things Champion’s story times

50 things Amanda 20 April 2020.
You may remember when the Bradford 50 things to do before you are five Champions came to take over our library storytimes in October last year.  We are thrilled that 50 things champions have recorded storytimes for our Youtube channel. 

Author Steve Howson – Storytime

Steve Howson.
Steve Howson author of Hocus Pocus Diplodocus has taken the time to record his book especially for Bradford Libraries. Thanks ever so much to Steve for taking the time to make this video (and thanks to Barnes & Noble publishing too) 

Miss Pickle Dizzy Witch Series from Neelie Wicks

Listen to local author Neelie Wicks reading her popular picture book series Miss Pickle Dizzy Witch.  There will be three instalments including:

John Kirk – Storyteller - on YouTube

Listen to stories Goldilocks and the Three Bears; The Billy Goats Gruff  and Romeo and Juliet re-told by storyteller John Kirk. John has been a frequent visitor to Bradford Libraries performing stories such as “The Twits” and the Mad Hatter from “Alice in Wonderland”.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

The Billy Goats Gruff.

You may also be interested in his blog exploring how to use stories in children’s play.

Katy Parker and the House that Cried, read by Margaret Mulligan

Listen to Katy Parker and the House That Cried, read by author Margaret Mulligan especially for Bradford Libraries.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

The story is a Timeslip adventure set in current day and Second World War, school children Katy and Patrick find themselves mysteriously plunged back into the past as evacuees, where they have to change the course of history to avert a terrible tragedy and make there way back home.

The story links to the Primary Curriculum aimed at children age 9 to 12 years and there are learning resources and fun activities to do alongside.