Naptime/Bedtime: Infant Storytime

For our second Infant Storytime of the spring session, we read books about naptime/bedtime.


Books We Shared

Our first story, Everyone is Yawning by Anita Bijsterbosch, was a lift-the-flap book that showed all kinds of animals’ mouths as they yawned.

Our second book, Shhh! This Book is Sleeping by Cedric Ramadier and Vincent Bourgeau, was a bedtime book with a twist–a book that you have to put to bed because it’s very sleepy!


Flannel Board Counting

Five Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
The mama called the doctor and the doctor said
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

(Take a monkey away and repeat the rhyme with one fewer monkey, until there are no more monkeys)


Rhymes & Bounces & Songs We Shared without Music

We sing a lot of songs during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics to those songs without music here.

Eyes, Nose, Cheeky Cheeky Chin

(to the tune of :”Goodnight Ladies”)
Eyes, nose, cheeky cheeky chin. (touching parts of baby’s face)
Eyes, nose, cheeky cheeky chin.
Eyes, nose, cheeky cheeky chin.
Cheeky cheeky cheeky cheeky chin!

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker Bounce

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker (bounce baby gently on knees)
Icky Bicky Boo
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker
Up Goes You! (lift baby into air)

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker (bounce baby gently on knees)
Icky Bicky Boo
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker
I love you! (bring baby in for a cuddle)

Going on a Treasure Hunt
Going on a treasure hunt, X marks the spot (draw an X on baby’s tummy)
Big circle, little circle (draw)
Dot, dot, dot. (gently poke baby’s tummy)
Spiders crawl up your tummy (tickle with fingers)
Bite, bite, bite! (gently pinch baby)
Snakes slither up your tummy (drag fingers)
Bite, bite, bite! (gently pinch baby)
Tight squeeze, (hug baby)
Cool breeze. (hug baby)
Now you’ve got the chillies! (tickle baby)

One Bright Scarf
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow (gently wave scarf)
Toss it up high (toss the scarf and catch it)
And wave it down low (wave it near the ground)
Wiggle it fast (shake the scarf fast)
And wiggle it slow (wave the scarf slowly)
Hey! (hide scarf) Where did it go?
…Here it is!

(Alternate ending:)

Hey! (put scarf over your or baby’s face) Where did you go?
(lift scarf)…There you are!

This is the Way We Wash Our Face
(Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we wash our face (move hands on face)
Wash our face, wash our face
This is the way we wash our face
When we go to bed.

(repeat with other body parts)

This is the way we wash our hands…
This is the way we wash our feet…
This is the way we wash our knees…
This is the way we wash our tummies…

Storytime’s Over
Hands up high! (Put your hands in air)
Now give a big sigh (sigh and bring hands down)
Our storytime’s over
So wave bye-bye (wave)


Music from CDs We Shared

I love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the songs and cds used in storytime.


“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

Clap everybody and say hello, (clap hands)
Clap everybody and say hello,
Clap everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Stamp everybody and say hello, (stomp feet)
Stamp everybody and say hello,
Stamp everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Wiggle everybody and say hello, (wiggle baby)
Wiggle everybody and say hello,
Wiggle everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Jump everybody and say hello, (lift baby up high)
Jump everybody and say hello,
Jump everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Sing everybody and say hello, (wave hi)
Sing everybody and say hello,
Sing everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.


“Smooth Road to London Town” from

A smooth road to London town (sway baby gently on your lap)
A smooth road to London town
The road goes up and the road goes down
A smooth road to London town

But…

(bounce baby fast)
By and by we come to a dell
And there the roads are not so swell
A bumpy road! A bumpy road!
A bumpy road to London town

A smooth road to London town (sway baby gently on your lap)
A smooth road to London town
The road goes up and the road goes down
A smooth road to London town

(bounce baby fast)
By and by we come to a wood
And there the road is not so good
A rough road! A rough road!
A rough road to London town


“Skidamarink” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

Skidamarink a dink, a dink, (bounce baby to rhythm)
Skidamarink a doo
I love you
Skidamarink a dink, a dink,
Skidamarink a doo
I love you

I love you in the morning and in the afternoon
I love you in the evening and underneath the moon, Oh,

Skidamarink a dink, a dink,
Skidamarink a doo
I love you


Additional Activities

We also did a game of guessing the animals who were partially shown through the hole in an I Spy box, and they were animals with big mouths and BIG yawns:


Continue the Fun

Want more stories about bedtime?  Check these out at your Pasadena Public Library branch:

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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