Infant Storytime – Babies!

I loved my first Infant storytime here at Central!  Here are the things we did today:

We celebrated the letter B and talked about words that begin with B!  There are lots of creative ways to introduce alphabet letters to your baby, and it’s never too early to start.  Now, our goal is not to get babies “reading” per se, but just exposing them to the letters and words that make up stories and occasionally drawing their attention to those letters so they start to build recognition.  So every Tuesday at storytime, we’ll talk about a new letter and by the end your baby will know one third of the alphabet!

B felt board

We read Baby Parade by Rebecca O’Connell and illustrated by Susie Poole.  And we waved at all the babies!  We also talked about the babies, like what colors they are wearing.  If you ever need an easy way to bring talk and conversation into the books you share with your baby, talking about the pictures with words describing colors, shapes and sizes is a great way to build your baby’s vocabulary!

baby-parade

 

We also read Look at the Baby by Kelly Johnson.  Babies love books with photos of other babies.  This book talked all about our body parts!  You can talk about what the babies are doing in the picture, and point to baby’s body parts as you read about them.

look at baby

We learned the song “Hush, Little Baby” with a feltboard display:

hush little baby felt board

 

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word.
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird

And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat

And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart

And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

 

And we sang I’m a Little Teapot, Two Little Blackbirds, and Twinkle, Twinkle.  We also bounced, tickled and had lots of fun with the songs Icky Bicky Soda Cracker, This Little Piggy, Here is the Beehive, and Ladies Ride!

If you’ve never heard Here is the Beehive before, here are the words:

Here is the beehive, but where are the bees?

They’re hiding inside where nobody sees!

But wait!  Watch them come out of their hive…

One, two, three, four, five!

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!  (tickle!)

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes each year. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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