Infant & Toddler Storytime: Busy Buses

There are so many different types of transportation.  Today we shared stories about the bus!


Books We Shared

  
The Bus is for Us! by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Gillian Tyler is a new book, and as soon as I saw it I knew it would be great for infant toddler storytime.  It discusses many different types of travel, but celebrates that “the bus is the best, the bus is for us!”  This was such a fun book that we used it as our first book for both our infant and toddler storytimes.

For our second story in infant storytime we read another recent book My Bus by Byron Barton.  We met bus driver Joe and followed him as he dropped of his dog and cat passengers all over town.  Like many of Barton’s other transportation books (My Car, Boats, and more ), My Bus is brightly colored and perfect for tiny one’s attention spans.

Toddlers got a taste of the school bus in our second book for them: The Bus Stop by Janet Morgan Stoeke.  While this looks at many children traveling on the bus for their first day at school, all kids can rejoice in the fun newness of taking a different method of transportation for the first time.

 


Flannelboard Story

While last week we sang a variation, this week we shared the classic song “The Wheels on the Bus” using the flannelboard.

The Wheels on the Bus
Wheels on the Bus flannelboard cropped

The wheels on the bus go round and round, (roll arms in front of body, fist over fist)
Round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All through the town.

Other verses:
The wipes on the bus go swish, swish, swish… (move arms back and forth like wipers)
The door on the bus goes open and shut…  (palms facing out, move hands apart then together)
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep… (pretend to be pushing on a horn)
The windows on the bus go up and down… (palms toward you, hands horizontal, move apart, then together)
The babies on the bus go waa, waa, waa… (fists up to eyes and twist)
The parents on the bus go shh, shh, shh… (finger in front of lips)


Nursery Rhyme we Shared in Infant Storytime

For our Nursery Rhyme flannelboard we learned the perils of sitting too close to the edge of a wall.

Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty Flannelboard 1 Humpty Dumpty Flannelboard 2
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the King’s horses
And all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

 


Film We Watched in Toddler Storytime

 
“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” from Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!…and more stories by Mo Willems.  Based on the book of the same name.

Pigeon really wants to drive the bus.  But the Bus Driver is counting on YOU to keep it from happening.


 Continue the Fun

The library has a bunch more bus books to enjoy at home!  Visit your local Pasadena Public Library branch to read these or others.

   

 

 

Children’s Room – Infant Toddler Storytime – 8/4/2015

Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer D. is a Senior Librarian of Youth Services . When she was young, she was once grounded for reading too much. Things haven’t changed much since then and she loves escaping into a good story. When she’s not reading she enjoys watching old musicals, scouring flea markets, taking way too many photos and letterpressing. If she could have any pet she wanted she would have a wombat or a manatee.

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