Kino's Storytime

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Kino's Storytime
Storytime Logo.jpg
Created byDouglass Bailey
Presented byAnne Betancourt as Lucy
Marabina Jaimes as Mara
Mark Ritts as Kino
Theme music composerJohn Nordstrom II
ComposerJohn Nordstrom II
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3[citation needed]
No. of episodes81[citation needed]
Executive producerPatricia Kunkel[1]
Running time30 minutes per episode
Production companyKCET
Original networkPBS
Original releaseOctober 12, 1992 (1992-10-12)[2] –
September 1, 1997 (1997-09-01)

Kino's Storytime, also known as Storytime, is an American children's reading television program which aired on PBS from October 12, 1992 until September 1, 1997.[2] It was produced by KCET in Los Angeles, California. It was available on VHS from Strand Home Video and Video Treasures. It was co-hosted by Anne Betancourt as Lucy, Marabina Jaimes as Mara and Kino, voiced and performed by puppeteer Mark Ritts.[3][4][5][6]


In addition to being co-hosted by Lucy, Mara and Kino, celebrity guest stars would sometimes visit the series and read stories, including:


Season 1 (1992-1994)

  1. Books Read: Anna and the Little Green Dragon; Little Polar Bear; Rose Meets Mr. Wintergarten
  2. Books Read: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; Chicken Sunday; Any Kind of Dog
  3. Books Read: The Relatives Came; Five Bad Boys, Billy Que and the Dustdobbin; Mama, Do You Love Me?
  4. Books Read: The Old Ladies Who Liked Cats; Alistair's Elephant; Ira Sleeps Over
  5. Books Read: My Little Red Car; Three Wishes; The Magic House; Monster Mama
  6. Books Read: The Gingerbread Man; The Very Quiet Cricket; Whistle for Willie
  7. Books Read: Mouse's Birthday; Jonathan and His Mommy; The Story of Ferdinand; Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
  8. Books Read: Owl Babies; Two of Everything; A Mother for Choco
  9. Books Read: Timothy Goes to School; Amazing Grace; Rumplestiltskin; My Mom is Excellent
  10. Books Read: The Happy Day; Maggie and the Pirate; Cuddly Dudley
  11. Books Read: That's Good! That's Bad!; Horton Hatches the Egg
  12. Books Read: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie; Lady Bugatti; Little Peep
  13. Books Read: The Fish Who Could Wish; Green Wilma; Magic Spring; Stina
  14. Books Read: The Boy with Square Eyes; Franklin in the Dark; The Rough-Face Girl
  15. Books Read: Two Badd Babies; Go Away, Big Green Monster!; The Amazing Bone
  16. Books Read: Froggy Gets Dressed; Ghost's Hour, Spook's Hour; Daley B
  17. Books Read: The Trouble with Mom; The Dragon of an Ordinary Family; Borreguita and the Coyote
  18. Books Read: Possum Come A-Knockin'; Elmer; Abuela; The Hungry Thing
  19. Books Read: Winnie the Witch; The Last Time I Saw Harris; Eddie and Teddy; One of Three
  20. Books Read: More, More, More Said the Baby; Babushka's Doll; Grandpa's Face
  21. Books Read: Jamberry; The Ghost-Eye Tree; Baby Rattlesnake
  22. Books Read: Night Tree; Maebelle's Suitcase; Ruby the Copycat
  23. Books Read: The Wolf's Chicken Stew; The Emperor's New Clothes; Duckat
  24. Books Read: The Treasure; Julius, the Baby of the World; The Happy Hedgehog Band
  25. Books Read: Greetings from Sandy Beach; Socrates; The Rooster Who Went to His Uncle's Wedding
  26. Books Read: Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One; A Porcupine Named Fluffy; Morris' Disappearing Bag
  27. Books Read: Farmer Duck; I Hear a Noise; The Fortune-Tellers
  28. Books Read: Noisy Nora; The Seven Chinese Brothers; Effie
  29. Books Read: The Folks in the Valley; The Banza; Rosie's Baby Tooth
  30. Books Read: Company's Coming; The Little Red Hen; Engelbert the Elephant
  31. Books Read: All Pigs Are Beautiful; The Itsy Bitsy Spider; Do Not Open
  32. Books Read: The Woman Who Outshone the Sun; The Art Lesson; Gorilla
  33. Books Read: The Adventures of Taxi Dog; Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon!; The Baby Blue Cat Who Said No; Dear Mr. Blueberry
  34. Books Read: Maxi, the Hero; Broderick; The Doorbell Rang
  35. Books Read: "The Erie Canal" from Sea to Shining Sea; The Mitten; Earl's Too Cool for Me; Annie Bananie; Slither McCreep and His Brother, Joe
  36. Books Read: My Little Brother; Dinner at the Panda Palace; Chrysanthemum
  37. Books Read: First Pink Light; The Cat Who Lost His Purr; Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  38. Books Read: A Big Fat Enormous Lie; Super Dooper Jezebel; Not So Fast, Songololo
  39. Books Read: Ming Lo Moves the Mountain; The Boy and the Ghost; Life is Fun
  40. Books Read: Princess Smartypants; "Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!"; A Special Trade

SPECIAL: Mucky Moose; Alistair's Elephant; When I Was Little

Season 2 (1995)

  1. Books Read: The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig; The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
  2. Books Read: Regina's Big Mistake; The Empty Pot; Wind Says Good Night
  3. Books Read: Knock, Knock, Teremok!; Little Lumpty; The Grasshopper and the Ants
  4. Books Read: Going Home; The Tickle-Octopus; The Grumpalump
  5. Books Read: Subway Sparrow; King Bidgood's in the Bathtub; Ollie Knows Everything
  6. Books Read: A Hat for Minerva Louise; The Story of a Boy Named Will, Who Went Sledding Down the Hill; Dogteam; Prize in the Snow
  7. Books Read: Time Train; Pip's Magic; Cabbage Rose
  8. Books Read: Stop That Pickle!; Swamp Angel
  9. Books Read: The Whales' Song; The Paper Princess; The Big, Big Sea
  10. Books Read: Sheila Rae, the Brave; The Rat and the Tiger; A House is a House for Me
  11. Books Read: Too Many Tamales; La Gallinita Roja; ¿Donde Esta Mi Osito? - Christmas Special
  12. Books Read: Flower Garden; When the Fly Flew In...; Nathaniel Willy, Scared Silly
  13. Books Read: Would You Rather...; Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!; Boodil, My Dog
  14. Books Read: Frog Went A-Courtin'; Uncle Jed's Barbershop; Stories to Tell from Meet Danitra Brown
  15. Books Read: Playing Right Field; Pug, Slug, and Doug the Thug; Hunting the White Cow
  16. Books Read: Donna O'Neeshuck Was Chased by Some Cows; Don't Fidget a Feather!; Nothing at All
  17. Books Read: A Fairy Went A-Marketing; The Man Who Kept His Heart in a Bucket; Mole's Hill
  18. Books Read: Bear; The Hunter; It's the Bear!
  19. Books Read: Hi!; The Shepherd Boy; Amber on the Mountain
  20. Books Read: Owl Eyes; Tops & Bottoms
  21. Books Read: Miss Spider's Tea Party; Elvira; Wilson Sat Alone; "We Could Be Friends" from I Like You, If You Like Me: Poems of Friendship

Season 3 (1996-1997)

  1. Books Read: The House That Drac Built; Big Pumpkin; The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything; Halloween Howls: Riddles That Are a Scream - Halloween Special
  2. Books Read: Is Your Mama a Llama?; Storm Boy; The Monkey and the Crocodile
  3. Books Read: My Mama Had a Dancing Heart; Mirette on the High Wire; Twist with a Burger, Jitter with a Bug
  4. Books Read: Suddenly!; Courtney; The Gullywasher
  5. Books Read: Contrary Mary; The Perfect Orange; This and That
  6. Books Read: Babushka Baba Yaga; The Old Dog; The Painter
  7. Books Read: Jessica; I'm Coming to Get You!; Listen, Buddy
  8. Books Read: Buz; A Flea in the Ear; If...; "Hey Bug" from Sunflakes: Poems for Children; "Song of the Bugs" from Nibble, Nibble: Poems for Children
  9. Books Read: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear; The Leopard's Drum; Honey Paw and Lightfoot
  10. Books Read: 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving; How Many Days to America?; Over the River and Through the Wood - Thanksgiving Special
  11. Books Read: The Old, Old Man and the Very Little Boy; More Than Anything Else; Knoxville, Tennessee
  12. Books Read: Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse; Once There Was a Bull...(frog)
  13. Books Read: What is the Sun?; Sally and the Limpet; Secret Place; What a Wonderful World
  14. Books Read: Turnip Soup; The Dark at the Top of the Stairs; Night in the Barn
  15. Books Read: Truck Song; The Ghost of Nicholas Greebe; The Wide-Mouthed Frog
  16. Books Read: This is Our House; Tacky the Penguin; The Most Beautiful Kid in the World; Yo! Yes?
  17. Books Read: In the Rain with Baby Duck; Two Mrs. Gibsons; The Butterfly Seeds
  18. Books Read: When I Was Five; The Paperboy; The Fiddler of the Northern Lights
  19. Books Read: Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin; The Lion and the Little Red Bird; Outrageous, Bodacious Boliver Boggs!
  20. Books Read: Grandma's Cat; The Old Woman Who Named Things; Lost

VHS releases[edit]

# Title U.S. Release Date
1 Volume 1 September 14, 1994
2 Volume 2 September 14, 1994
3 Volume 3 September 14, 1994
4 Volume 4 November 29, 1995
5 Volume 5 November 29, 1995
6 Volume 6 November 29, 1995
7 Volume 7 November 29, 1995
8 Volume 8 October 23, 1996
9 Volume 9 October 23, 1996
10 Volume 10 October 23, 1996


  1. ^ Kino's storytime. / Vol. one. OCLC 34269273.
  2. ^ a b "October 1992 - 'Storytime,' KCET's First Major Children's Series, Debuts". KCET. September 3, 2014. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Storytime(1994–1997)". Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "Storytime". Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  5. ^ Kino's Storytime Vol.1 [VHS]. ASIN 6303215491.
  6. ^ Heffley, Lynne (October 10, 1992). "TV REVIEWS : A Comfy, Cozy 'Storytime'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 8, 2014.

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