Where to attend storytime with your toddler in Atlanta

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Brandon McKeown

As any parent knows, reading with your child is an essential part of their development, and what better way to encourage a love of books than attending a storytime event? Atlanta is home to many excellent libraries, bookstores and community centers that offer storytime sessions for toddlers and young children.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet morning activity, a chance to meet other families, or just an excuse to get out of the house, these storytime events are a great option for parents and caregivers looking to engage their little ones in the magic of reading. In the list below, we’ll explore some of the best places to attend storytime with your toddler in Atlanta.

Atlanta History Center - Toddler Storytime

Atlanta History Center’s monthly Toddler Storytime is a fun and interactive event for children ages 1 to 5, featuring storytelling, songs, games and a craft activity. Check out this program with your little one for an educational and engaging experience.

Location: Buckhead - 130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW.; Website: atlantahistorycenter.com/toddler-storytime; Contact: 404-814-4000; Date: First Wednesday of each month; Time: 10 a.m.

The Wren’s Nest - Live Storytelling

Experience the enchantment of storytelling at The Wren’s Nest, the oldest house museum in Atlanta, and listen to captivating tales narrated by renowned storytellers. This weekly event on Saturdays is dedicated to preserving African and Indigenous storytelling traditions and brings to life old stories that entertain and inspire kids of all ages.

Location: West End -  1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW; Website: wrens nest.org; Contact: 404-753-7735; Date: Every Saturday; Time: 1 p.m.

Zoo Atlanta - Animal Tales: Storybook Reading

Join Zoo Atlanta’s Education Team at Amy’s Tree Theater for interactive storybook readings every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. This event is perfect for young kids to listen to stories and engage in different activities.

Location: East Atlanta - 800 Cherokee Ave. SE; Website: zooatlanta.org/activity/animal-tales; Contact: 404-624-5600; Date: Every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; Time: 11:45 a.m.

Little Shop of Stories - Storytime / Circle Time

Little Shop of Stories hosts storytimes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Children between the ages of 2 and 6 can enjoy traditional storytime on Tuesdays, while Circle Time on Thursdays is perfect for children 3 and under, including babies.

Location: Decatur - 133 E Court Square #A; Website: littleshopofstories.com/storytime; Contact: 404-373-6300; Date: Every Tuesday and Thursday; Time: 11 a.m.

Atlanta Botanical Garden - Storybook Time

Take your kids to experience a perfect combination of books and nature with Atlanta Botanical Garden’s weekly Storybook Time on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. After the story, children can explore the Children’s Garden and spot some of the garden friends and flowers from the stories.

Location: Midtown - 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE; Website: atlantabg.org/storybook-time; Contact: 404-876-5859: Date: Every Wednesday; Time: 10 a.m.

Virginia Highland Books - VaHi Kids Storytime

VaHi Kid’s Storytime takes place every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., featuring author Sheri Dillard, providing a fun and educational experience for kids. Your little ones will have tons of fun learning and laughing with these entertaining stories!

Location: East Atlanta - 1034 North Highland Ave. NE; Website: vahibooks.com/kids-events; Contact: 470-819-4705; Date: Every Tuesday; Time: 10:30 a.m.

Chattahoochee Nature Center - Storytime by the River

Take your little nature explorers on an outdoor adventure with Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Storytime by the River for an interactive experience with nature-inspired stories perfect for kids ages 6 and under. After the event, enjoy the rest of your day exploring CNC’s 127-acres worth of trails, exhibits and much more.

Location: Roswell - 9135 Willeo Rd.; Website: chattnaturecenter.org/storytime; Contact: 770-992-2055; Date: Wednesday, May 3; Time: 10:30 a.m.

Fulton County Libraries - Teeny Tiny Tots / Pre-School Storytime

If you’re looking for engaging storytime options for your toddler or preschooler around metro Atlanta, look no further than your local public library, where you’ll find a range of programs designed to inspire a love of reading. Check here to locate a library near you and discover their available storytime offerings.

Website: fulcolibrary.bibliocommons.com

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