Library Storytime - Fiction and Nonfiction


What’s the difference between fiction and nonfiction? It’s not always easy for to tell! This digital library lesson walks you through a storytime about the differences between fiction and nonfiction picture books. Includes PPT and Google Slides.


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  • new elementary librarians
  • elementary librarians on Specials rotation
  • secondary teachers who are now elementary librarians
  • busy parents who just don’t have time to create detailed storytime lessons

I have been all four of these at the same time! My storytimes are the lessons I would have wanted when I was a new, overwhelmed, and exhausted school librarian.


  • Recommended for: Grades K-2
  • Lesson Duration: 1-2 library lessons (about 50 minutes total)
  • Formats: PPT, Google Slides, PDF
  • Editable: YES, all text is editable

***Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you! I cannot include a recorded read-aloud due to copyright restrictions.


  • 44-slide PPT + Google™ Slides
  • Scavenger Hunt Activity (1 page)
  • List of 15 recommended fiction/nonfiction pairings for read-alouds (1 page)
  • Lesson plan templates for Grades K, 1, and 2 (6 pages)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages)


  • original storytime song for fiction and nonfiction
  • Video link to “fiction / false” and “nonfiction / true” in American Sign Language
  • “Is it real?” group discussion game (very short and easy for pre-reading)
  • Slides for guided discussion of fiction and nonfiction: includes characteristics of fiction and nonfiction
  • All slides are illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos for K-2.


  • Library terms: fact, opinion, biography, fact books, informational books
  • Facts require research and proof; opinions are what people think
  • Nonfiction books can contain opinions and facts that are later proven false
  • Vocabulary word: yarn (as in “telling a yarn/story”)
  • 3 “Would you rathers”


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