Weekly Storytimes

There are tons of amazing storytimes is this literary city. Check out local library events (which can be crowded and may require competitive advance lining up) and these upcoming destination storytimes featuring music, crafts, yoga, live animals and more. Special events like author reading come up each week so keep checking back!
Need more climate-controlled options? See our guides to museum family programs, drop-in classes, and indoor playspaces plus our weekly events guide. And our favorite books for at-home storytime.
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Saturday, November 17


Super Satya Saves the Day Storytime

Bank Street Bookstore ~ 2780 Broadway at 107th Street ~ Harlem
10:30 am–11:30 am
FREE
Author Raakhee Mirchandani and Illustrator Tim Palin lead a special storytime featuring their new picture book Super Satya Saves the Day about a precocious Indian-American superhero.

Books Of Wonder Storytime

Books Of Wonder ~ 18 West 18th Street ~ Gramercy/Flatiron
11:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Employees from NYC's largest and oldest children's bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.

NYPLarcade: International Games Day 2018

New York Public Library ~ 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue ~ Midtown West
11:00 am–5:00 pm
FREE
Play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting. Like a book club, but for video games. Eat, shop and ice skate at adjacent Bryant Park…

Storytime at the Strand

Strand ~ 12th Street & Broadway ~ Gramercy & Flatiron
11:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children's Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.

Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair

Brooklyn Museum ~ 200 Eastern Parkway ~ Brooklyn
11:30 am–4:00 pm
FREE
Meet your favorite Brooklyn authors and illustrators at a free fair featuring author readings, illustrator presentations, a concert abut unusual creatures, and book-related art-making opportunities with over forty creators presenting…

Non-Fiction Picture Book Bonanza

Books Of Wonder ~ 18 West 18th Street ~ Gramercy/Flatiron
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
FREE
Authors and illustrators share their new non-fiction picture books. Meet Brian Floca (Hawk Rising) Gary Golio & Rudy Gutierrez (Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart; Song of the World) and…

Showtime Saturdays

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling ~ 898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
$7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; free/ages 8 & under
Move your body, make music & be a part of the story every Saturday with dancer, actor and in-house talent Alexander Elisa.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
2:00 pm–2:30 pm
FREE
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all…

StoryTime with Cali Co Cat

Bryant Park ~ 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
FREE
Join park residents Cali Co Cat Hugo Horse for interactive story telling with hopping, skipping and singing along. Be sure to catch a spin on the charming Le Carrousel ($3)…


Sunday, November 18


Storytime at the Strand

Strand ~ 12th Street & Broadway ~ Gramercy & Flatiron
11:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children's Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.

Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom

Monica + Andy NYC ~ 410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street ~ Upper West Side
11:15 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Award-winning Nili Yelin combined her professional theatre career with mommyhood to create an interactive, educational and amusing storytime She delivers a full performance of the written word, even though the…

New-York Historical Society Storytime

New-York Historical Society ~ 70 Central Park West at 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
11:30 am–12:30 pm
$20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link
From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great in the charming library on…

November Picture Book Bonanza

Books Of Wonder ~ 18 West 18th Street ~ Gramercy/Flatiron
12:00 pm–2:00 pm
FREE
Authors and illustrators Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky (All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah) and Paul Czajak (The Book Tree) share their new picture books, take questions from the audience, and sign…

Magic and Latkes

Books of Wonder Uptown ~ 217 West 84th Street ~ Upper West Side
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
FREE
Hear stories about magic and latkes. Authors and illustrators Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky (All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah), Sarah Mlyowski (Whatever After: Seeing Red and Weather or Not) share their…

Celebrate Madeleine L’Engle’s 100th Birthday

Books Of Wonder ~ 18 West 18th Street ~ Gramercy/Flatiron
4:00 pm–6:00 pm
FREE
Meet Lena Royand and Charlotte Jones Voiklis, granddaughters and biographers of A Wrinkle in Time author Madeleine L'Engles, along with editor Stefanie Peters, historian Leonard Marcus and author Tracey Baptiste as they…


Monday, November 19


Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
10:30 am–11:00 am
Free, museum admission not required.
Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.

Children’s Story Time @ Fauna

Fauna ~ 265 W 87th Street between Broadway and West End Ave ~
11:00 am–11:30 am
$5
Read animal or ecology based story books, then meet animals related to the story. Children are encouraged to pet or hold the animals and ask lots of questions.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
3:00 pm–3:30 pm
FREE
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all…

Chocolate Story Time

Voila Chocolat ~ 221 West 79th Street ~ Upper West Side
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
$24
Chocolatiers read about chocolate, how it is made from the seeds of the cacao tree, the people who grow this wonderful tree and the countries that play an important role…


Tuesday, November 20


Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
10:30 am–11:00 am
Free, museum admission not required.
Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.

Storytime and Singalong for Kids

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe ~ 126 Crosby Street ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
10:30 am–11:00 am
$5/family
Join Amy Virginia Buchanan for reading, singing, and dancing appropriate for kids 3 and under and their caretakers.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
3:00 pm–3:30 pm
FREE
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all…

Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime

New-York Historical Society ~ 70 Central Park West at 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
3:30 pm–4:15 pm
$20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link
This bi-weekly program in the library of the engaging children's center includes the reading of a NY-themed book, a related craft project, playtime with historic toys and a special Little…


Wednesday, November 21


Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
10:30 am–11:00 am
Free, museum admission not required.
Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.

Kids Karma Yoga StoryTime

Karma Kids Yoga ~ 25 West 23rd Street ~ Gramercy & Flatiron
11:30 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Read stories and learn age-appropriate yoga poses at these free action-packed storytimes for yogis up to six years old. My 2-year-old loved trying handstands against the wall.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
3:00 pm–3:30 pm
FREE
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all…

Topsy Turvy Thursdays

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling ~ 898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
FREE
Storyteller Carletta Joy Walker shares stories of spring in a participatory and lively program.

Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Book Culture on Columbus ~ 450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street ~ Upper West Side
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
FREE
The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes.

Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom

Monica + Andy NYC ~ 410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street ~ Upper West Side
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
FREE
Award-winning Nili Yelin combined her professional theatre career with mommyhood to create an interactive, educational and amusing storytime She delivers a full performance of the written word, even though the…


Thursday, November 22


Tiny Poets Time

Poets House ~ 10 River Terrace ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
10:00 am–11:00 am
FREE
Enjoy songs and poetry readings for ages 1 - 3 in a lovely room filled with objects intended to promote thought and creative association.

Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
10:30 am–11:00 am
Free, museum admission not required.
Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.

Children’s Story Time @ Fauna

Fauna ~ 265 W 87th Street between Broadway and West End Ave ~
11:00 am–11:30 am
$5
Read animal or ecology based story books, then meet animals related to the story. Children are encouraged to pet or hold the animals and ask lots of questions.

Nili Yelin: The Storybook Mom

Monica + Andy NYC ~ 410 Columbus Avenue between 79th & 80th Street ~ Upper West Side
11:15 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Award-winning Nili Yelin combined her professional theatre career with mommyhood to create an interactive, educational and amusing storytime She delivers a full performance of the written word, even though the…

Virtuous Journeys

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling ~ 898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
$7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; free/ages 8 & under
Join Mando as he shares amazing stories filled with virtues like Courage, Grace, Humility and Love. Sing along, dance and play musical instruments.


Friday, November 23


Gateway Storytime

American Museum of Natural History ~ West 81st Street & Central Park West ~ Upper West Side
10:00 am–11:45 am
suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under
Ages 2 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a…

Toddler Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
10:30 am–11:00 am
Free, museum admission not required.
Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.

Barnes & Noble (86th & Lexington) Storytime

Barnes & Noble 86th & Lexington ~ 150 East 86th Street ~ Upper East Side
11:00 am–11:30 am
FREE
Join in stories, songs, coloring and activities led by a bookstore employee.

Books Of Wonder Storytime

Books Of Wonder ~ 18 West 18th Street ~ Gramercy/Flatiron
11:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Employees from NYC's largest and oldest children's bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.

McNally Jackson Storytime

McNally Jackson Books ~ 52 Prince Street ~ Tribeca/Soho
11:30 am–12:30 pm
FREE
Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and favorite classics. Some sessions include guest authors and illustrators,…

Persian Book Culture Storytime

Book Culture on Broadway ~ 2915 Broadway at 114th Street ~ Upper West Side
3:30 pm–4:15 pm
FREE
Hear stories read in Persian in the charming children's section of an independent bookstore.

Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime

New-York Historical Society ~ 70 Central Park West at 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
3:30 pm–4:15 pm
$20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link
This bi-weekly program in the library of the engaging children's center includes the reading of a NY-themed book, a related craft project, playtime with historic toys and a special Little…


Saturday, November 24


Wave Hill Family Art Project

Wave Hill ~ West 249th Street & Independence Avenue ~ Bronx
10:00 am–1:00 pm
FREE
The historic Wave Hill House nestled among scenic forests and gardens hosts storytime and crafts inspired by the surroundings.

Books Of Wonder Storytime

Books Of Wonder ~ 18 West 18th Street ~ Gramercy/Flatiron
11:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Employees from NYC's largest and oldest children's bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.

Good Deed of the Month Club

Westchester Children’s Museum ~ 100 Playland Parkway ~ Westchester
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$7, $6/seniors, free/ages 12 months & under
Join a kindness-themed book reading and discussion followed by a good-deed project led by an art-educator. Meets every fourth Saturday of the month.

Storytime at the Strand

Strand ~ 12th Street & Broadway ~ Gramercy & Flatiron
11:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children's Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.

Showtime Saturdays

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling ~ 898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
$7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; free/ages 8 & under
Move your body, make music & be a part of the story every Saturday with dancer, actor and in-house talent Alexander Elisa.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
2:00 pm–2:30 pm
FREE
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all…

StoryTime with Cali Co Cat

Bryant Park ~ 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
FREE
Join park residents Cali Co Cat Hugo Horse for interactive story telling with hopping, skipping and singing along. Be sure to catch a spin on the charming Le Carrousel ($3)…


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