Libraries around the world offer storytime for their young patrons. Storytime provides many benefits to children:
- Stories help develop a child's imagination.
- Stories help a child discover new ideas.
- Stories help nurture a child's listening abilities.
- Stories help children comprehend the world around them.
- Stories expose children to a larger vocabulary than the spoken word.
- Stories introduce and reinforce concepts such as colors, shapes, letters, etc.
- Stories encourage a love of reading.
- Storytime encourages families to come to the library and check out materials.
- Storytime introduces authors and illustrators to families in a fun way.
- Storytime models good oral reading skills for parents and caregivers to follow.
- Storytime can help children become successful readers and learners.
- Storytime introduces songs, finger plays and nursery rhymes to parents that can be enjoyed at home.
- Story time creates a social opportunity for parents and caregivers.
Traditional storytimes almost always incorporate fingerplays and songs as well as books. Benefits of these components include:
- Songs can add fun, variety and movement to storytime.
- Song help break up words into syllables for children to hear.
- Songs allow children the opportunity to get up and move.
- Songs help children stay focused.
- Listening skills are sharpened.
- Fingerplays help children learn about concepts such as numbers, size, shapes, direction, and color.
- Fingerplays teach sequencing.
- Fingerplays build coordination and strength in small and large muscle groups.
- Fingerplays help create a positive self-image for children. Children learn that their minds and bodies contain a whole world of possibilities.
- Fingerplays help children socialize with one another. They are a way of doing something "separately together".
- Fingerplays are multicultural and have been passed down from generation to generation.
- Fingerplays can be adapted to other activities such as flannel board stories, puppet shows, and music.