Read It Again: 70 Whole Book Approach Plans to Help You Shake Up Storytime

I am thrilled to announce the publication of Read It Again: 70 Whole Book Approach Plans to Help You Shake Up Storytime! You can purchase digital or print editions through the links below:

$29.95 for the digital book, 296 pages


$79.99 introductory price for the spiral-bound, printed book, 296 pages, trim size, 8.5″ x 11″

See Sample Digital Book:


Author Megan Dowd Lambert created the Whole Book Approach storytime model in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In 2015 Megan published Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See (Charlesbridge 2015) to bring the Whole Book Approach to an even wider audience. Time and again, readers asked Megan for book lists and storytime plans, and this book, Read It Again: 70 Whole Book Approach Plans to Help You Shake Up Storytime, responds to those requests.

While the plans are grouped according to suggested grade levels, you should feel free to determine which titles will best meet the needs and interests of the children in your life, no matter what grade they’re in, or whether you’re a teacher, librarian, parent, or other caregiver. With discussions supported by the Whole Book Approach, each picture book will seem brand new to you, no matter how many times you hear the phrase, “Read it again!”

NEW in October 2023: You may also purchase digital books with 10 plans each recommended for grades pre-k through 5. Order today!

And…If you would like to purchase print Guides for individual grade levels, head over to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Shop  to order my Whole Book Approach Storytime Guides for grades kindergarten through grade 5. Please note that as of March 2023, the pre-k Guide is now out of print, but those 10 plans are available as a digital book and are also included in Read It Again: 70 Whole Book Approach Plans to Help You Shake Up Storytime, described above.

Freight Train by Donald Crews
City Shapes by Diana Murray, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Little You by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett
Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Jacob Grant
Looking for Bongo by Eric Velasquez
Baby Says by John Steptoe
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales
When’s My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
The Twins’ Blanket by Hyewon Yum
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
The Little Red Stroller by Joshua Furst, illustrated by Katy Wu
If I Was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Loren Long
Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story by JaNay Brown-Wood, illustrated by Priscilla Burris
Bob by Tracy Campbell Pearson
The Girl and the Wolf by Katherema Vermette, illustrated by Julie Flett
The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Canessa Brantley-Newton
This is Sadie by Sara O;Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad
We’ve Got The Whole World in Our Hands by Rafael López
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
Water Is Water by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin
Wave by Suzy Lee
Wild Berries by Julie Flett
Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael López
Saturday by Oge Mora
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
Real Sisters Pretend by Megan Dowd Lambert, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Sing, Don’t Cry by Angela Dominguez
A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
My Papi Has A Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña
You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel
Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki
Flying Deep: Climb Inside the Deep Sea Submersible ALVIN by Michelle Cusolito, illustrated by Nicole Wong
Another by Christian Robinson
A Crow of His Own by Megan Dowd Lambert. illustrated by David Hyde Costello
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel, illustrated by Shane W. Evans
Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee
All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Mike Curato
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman
Write to Me by Cynthia Grady, illustrated by Amiko Hirao
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
Roger is Reading a Book by Koen van Biesen
A Kid of Their Own by Megan Dowd Lambert, illustrated by Jessica Lanan
How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Wings by Christopher Myers
The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry, illustrated by The Fan Brothers
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre
Milo’s Hat Trick by Jon Agee
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington, illustrated by Shelley Jackson
Ode to an Onion: Pablo Neruda & His Muse by Alexandria Giardino, illustrated by Felicita Sala
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López
Drawn Together by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate
It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julie Morstad
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee
We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac
What If? by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Mike Curato
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hajib and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly
The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Sarah Jacoby