Bugs! ~ Infant Storytime

For our final storytime of the summer session we read about BUGS!  (Some of these critters even sneak into our backyards and homes.)

What follows are the books, rhymes, songs, tickle, bounces and flannel activity we shared.


Our library butterfly ~ Lucy


Lenny in the Garden by Ken Wilson-Max can be read or sung aloud!  At the book’s opening, we meet Lenny and his momma in their garden.  They encounter all types of bugs there but the question is:  How do they find them?  They sing a little song that goes like this:

“Mr. Ant, Mr. Ant…Where are you?”

“Here I am, here I am!  How do you do?”

(Listen to the video clip below for the tune.)


The song moves through more bugs (snails, butterflies, bees, grasshoppers…) until we finally get to Lenny.  Well Lenny isn’t a bug, he’s a boy but his mom sings the song to find him.  A great book for teaching insect identification and for keeping infants engaged through the story’s visuals and the catchy tune.

In Bugs, Bugs, Bugs by Bob Barner, we are introduced to all kinds of bugs.  We learned a little about ants, bees, butterflies, caterpillars, moths, grasshoppers, daddy long legs and many more!  Bright, bold illustrations and simple text make this the perfect picture book to introduce infants to insects!!!


I Have a Garden!

I have a bee in my garden.

I have a grasshopper in my garden.

I have a snail in my garden.

I have a butterfly in my garden.

Action Songs, Rhymes & Bounces We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!
You’ll find lyrics/words to those songs & rhymes we shared without CD accompaniment here.

Welcome Song
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!
First we clap our hands just so,
Then we bend and touch our toes.
Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Video:  Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle Twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

Dickery Dickery Dare (bounce)

Video:  Dickery Dickery Dare

Dickery dickery dare,
The pig flew up in the air –
The man in brown,
Brought him back down,
Dickery dickery dare!

The Grand Old Duke of York (bounce)

Video:  The Grand Old Duke of York

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
When they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only halfway up,
They were neither up nor down.

Peas Porridge Hot! (nursery rhyme)

Video:  Peas Porridge Hot

Peas porridge hot
Peas porridge cold
Peas porridge in the pot, nine days old!
Some like it hot
Some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, nine days old!

Tickle:  Round and round the garden, goes the Teddy Bear, a one-step, a two-step, a tickle under there.

Goodbye Friends (song in sign)

Click here for video:  Goodbye Babies (Friends) 

Goodbye babies, goodbye babies
Goodbye babies, it’s time to say goodbye.

Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the songs/bounces on CD that we used in storytime.  Click onto the CD titles to find these items in our library catalog.

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

“Ladies Ride” from More Tickles & Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Smooth Road” from Baby’s Boat by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“With My Little Hands” from  Active Baby by Tumble Tots

“I’m a Little Teapot” from Toddler Favorites by Music for Little People

“Two Little Blackbirds” from by Circle Time: songs and rhymes for the very young by Lisa Monet

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

Continue the Fun

If you’d like to read more books about bugs, check these out from your local Pasadena Public Library!






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