Storytime


Kids World offers story-based programs for all ages. For age specific storytimes, your child must be in the correct age range to attend. For developmental marker storytimes, you child must have particular skill to attend. All storytimes are currently in English. All storytimes require registration and are currently mask optional.

While there are multiple options for some age groups, to allow everyone to have a chance to participate, adults are encouraged to bring their child to one in-person storytime per week. However, adults are welcome to bring their child to their sibling’s in-person storytime if they had been included in the “Group” at the time of registration. Adults are also welcome to register their child for both an in-person storytime and a virtual storytime.

Storytime Schedule


January

Registration for January’s in-person storytimes will begin on December 27th for residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights. Registration for the virtual class has started and is open to all.

DateTimeClass NameAges forRegistration
Tuesdays, January 10th-24th9:30 AMToddler Time Storytime (In-person)For walking toddlers, up to 35 months with an adultRegister for the entire 3 week session with staff
Wednesdays, January 11th-25th9:30 AMLittle Movers Storytime (In-person)For walking tots, up to 35 months with an adultRegister for the entire 3 week session with staff
Wednesdays, January 11th-25th10:30 AMFamily Storytime (In-person)Ages 12 & under with an adult.Register for the entire 3 week session with staff
Thursdays, January 12th-26th6:00 PMFamily Storytime (In-person)Ages 12 & under with an adult.Register for the entire 3 week session with staff
Fridays, January 13th-27th9:30 AMPre-School Pals Storytime (In-person)Ages 3 to 5 years with an optional adultRegister for the entire 3 week session with staff

February

Registration and dates for February’s in-person storytimes will start January 30th. Registration for the virtual has started and is open to all.

DateTimeClass NameAges forRegistration
Monday, February 6th6:00pmVirtual Storytime & CraftAges 4 to 8Register online or with staff.
There will be a kit to pick up the week before
Tuesdays, February 7th-21st9:30 AMToddler Time Storytime (In-person)For walking toddlers, up to 35 months with an adultRegister for the entire 3 week session with staff
Wednesdays, February 8th-22nd9:30 AMLittle Movers Storytime (In-person)For walking tots, up to 35 months with an adultRegister for the entire 3 week session with staff
Wednesdays, February 8th-22nd10:30 AMFamily Storytime (In-person)Ages 12 & under with an adult.Register for the entire 3 week session with staff
Thursdays, February 9th-23rd6:00 PMFamily Storytime (In-person)Ages 12 & under with an adult.Register for the entire 3 week session with staff
Fridays, February 10th-24th9:30 AMPre-School Pals Storytime (In-person)Ages 3 to 5 years with an optional adultRegister for the entire 3 week session with staff

Storytime Guidelines


  • Due to limited class sizes, in-person storytimes are for residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights only. However, we are happy to welcome non-residents to our virtual storytime classes.
  • For most in-person storytimes, each child should have a participating adult. However, having an adult in the room is optional for the PreSchool Pals storytime, but the adult should plan on staying close by in case of assistance for bathroom break and the like. For virtual storytimes, we request children ages 7 and under have an adult in the room with them.
  • Children attending need to either turn the appropriate age during the current storytime session or have achieved the specified developmental marker. Siblings in other age groups are welcome as long as they were included in the “Group” count during registration.
  • If your child grows restless or upset, please give them a break from the storytime room to calm down.
  • Help us keep distractions to a minimum by leaving toys at home and going to the bathroom or having a snack before storytime starts.
  • You are a great example for your child. Participate to the best of your ability to encourage them to do so as well.
  • Listening is a learned skill. We ask adults and children to wait until play time to chat, call, or text with others.
  • If your child is sick, please stay home to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Have fun!

The Tick Tock Song


“The Tick Tock Song” is done in the beginning of every Baby, Toddler, and Junior storytime. During storytime, Mr. Duckie  jumps up from behind our storytime clock on the “Cuckoos.” It remains a favorite among parents and kids.

The song can be easily adapted for home use. Mr. Duckie (or even a clock) is not needed to have fun jumping and calling out “Cuckoo.” However, your child can follow along with the video.

Tick Tock Lyrics

Tick Tock, Tick Tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick Tock, Tick Tock
Now I’m chiming one o’clock
Cuckoo!

During storytime, we repeat the song for two and three o’clock. The number of times “Cuckoo” is said relates to what time it is. For example, for two o’clock, “Cuckoo” is said twice.

Tick Tock Directions

For Babies: Adult sits or stands, holding a baby face out. As adult sings the song, rock child back and forth. Adult lifts or bounces the child up on the “Cuckoo.”

For Older Kids: Child stands and rocks back and forth as the song is sung. Child jumps on the “Cuckoo.”