Valentine’s Day: Infant Storytime

On February 14th, Valentine’s Day, we shared books about love and flannel stories about this American holiday!

Books We Shared

Did You Know That I Love You? by Christa Pierce –
In rhyming text, Bird reminds Fox of the many ways she shows her love for him, reminiscent of the parent-child bond, and promises that no matter how big he gets, she always will love him.

A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy – Celebrates the loving bond between parents and babies on split-page, surprise-reveal spreads of kissing parent-child animal pairs, including elephants, tiny mice, and bubbling fish.

Counting Flannelboard

Candy Hearts

Down at the candy store
What did I see?
Five little candy hearts
looking at me!
Along came (child’s name)
with a nickel one day.
She/he bought a pink/white one
and took it away.

(Adapted from a rhyme at http://tonsoffunpreschoolactivities.blogspot.com/)

Flannelboard Story

Six Little Valentines

6 little Valentines were sent to my house,
The first one said, “I love you, From Mouse.”

5 little Valentines in my mailbox,
The second one said, “Be mine, Love Fox.”

4 little Valentines full of love,
The third one said, “You are sweet, From Dove.”

3 little Valentines just for me,
The fourth one said, “Be my honey, Love Bee.”

2 little Valentine’s mailed with care,
The fifth one said, “Here’s a hug, From Bear.”

The last little Valentine, from my friend Jay,
This one said, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

(Source: Busy Crafting Mommy and Sunflower Storytime)

Rhymes and Bounces We Shared Without Music

Eyes, Nose, Cheeky Cheeky Chin (to the tune of Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah)

Eyes, nose, cheeky cheeky chin
Eyes, nose, cheeky cheeky chin
Eyes, nose, cheeky cheeky chin
Cheeky cheeky cheeky cheeky chin
(adapted from a song on jbrary channel)

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker (bounce baby to the rhythm of the words)
Icky bicky boo
Icky bicky soda cracker
Up goes you! (lift baby up in the air)

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker (bounce baby to the rhythm of the words)
Icky bicky boo
Icky bicky soda cracker
I love you! (hug baby close)

Going on a Treasure Hunt

Going on a treasure hunt
X marks the spot (draw X on baby’s tummy)
Big circle, little circle (draw circles on baby’s tummy)
dot, dot, dot (gently poke baby’s tummy)
Little snakes move up your tummy (slither fingers softly up tummy)
Bite, bite, bite (gentle pinches on baby’s shoulders)
Little spiders crawl up your tummy
Bite, bite, bite (gentle pinches on baby’s shoulders)
Tight squeeze (hug)
Cool breeze (blow air on baby)
Now you’ve got the chillies! (tickle baby)

(Adapted from a song on jbrary channel)

Bumblebee

Bumblebee was in the barn, carrying Valentines under his arm (flutter fingers around in the air)
Bzzzzzzzzz! (tickle baby)

Songs We Shared With CD

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle little star (open and close fingers into fist to make star)
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high, (move hands up)
Like a diamond in the sky. (make a diamond shape with hands)
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are. (open and close fingers into fist to make star)

(I got this Twinkle Twinkle from a mix CD and can’t for the life of me figure out who did this version!! Sorry!)

I’m a Little Teapot and Two Little Blackbirds
from Wiggleworms Love You

I’m a little teapot short and stout
Here is my handle
Here is my spout
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout
Tip me over and pour me out

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and one named Jill
Fly away Jack and fly away Jill
Come back Jack and come back Jill

Clap Everybody and Say Hello
from Sally Go Round the Sun

Clap Everybody and Say Hello
Clap Everybody and Say Hello
Clap Everybody and Say Hello no matter what the weather

Stamp Everybody and Say Hello
Stamp Everybody and Say Hello
Stamp Everybody and Say Hello no matter what the weather

Wiggle Everybody and Say Hello
Wiggle Everybody and Say Hello
Wiggle Everybody and Say Hello no matter what the weather

Jump Everybody and Say Hello
Jump Everybody and Say Hello
Jump Everybody and Say Hello no matter what the weather

Sing Everybody and Say Hello
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

A smooth road to London town
A smooth road to London town
The road goes up and the road goes down
A smooth road to London town
But…
By and by we come to a wood
and there the roads are not so good
A bumpy road, a bumpy road
A bumpy road to London town

A smooth road to London town
A smooth road to London town
The road goes up and the road goes down
A smooth road to London town
But…
By and by we come to a dell
and there the roads are not so swell
A rough road, a rough road
A rough road to London town

Continue the Fun

A Kiss For You by Annette Swoboda, Susanne Lutje, Translated by David Henry Wilson

I Kissed the Baby! by Mary Murphy

Kiss, Kiss by Jennifer Couelle, illustrated by Jacques LaPlante, translated by Karen Simon

AnnMarie Hurtado

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, STEAM Careers in Pasadena, and other STEAM/science programs. I teach 1-2 sessions of Infant/Toddler Storytime 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, 36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras.

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