Body: Infant Storytime

For today’s storytime we learned about parts of the body.

Books We Shared

Hey Little Baby by Heather Leigh and illustrated by Genevieve Cote has a nice message, asking the baby in the story what he will do with his marvelous hands, where he will go with his feet, what he will smell with his nose, what he will taste with his mouth.

Toesy Toes by Sarah Tsiang features beautiful, diverse babies with high-def photos and a focus on babies’ wonderful toes. Studies have shown babies respond enthusiastically to books with photos of real babies.

Flannel Boards We Shared

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?

Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
With his ears cut short and his tail cut long
Oh where, oh where can he be?

Each time we sing the song, I remove one shape to see if my dog is hiding behind it. We compare the animal’s body to the clues in the song. I also prompt the group to sing the words “ears” and “tail” instead of singing them myself.

Letter of the Day

Our Letter of the Day was B! We talked about words that start with B and drew a big B in the air.

Action Songs & Bounces We Shared


Peekaboo, where are you?
Hiding in your…. place! PEEKABOO!
Peekaboo, I see you
And your smiling… face! PEEKABOO!


On my toe there is a flea
Now he’s climbing on my knee
Past my tummy, past my nose
On my head where my hair grows
On my head there is a flea
Now he’s climbing down on me
Past my tummy, past my knee
On my toe… Take that, you flea!

Ladybug, ladybug

Ladybug ladybug fly out of the farm
And land right on my baby’s arm
Ladybug ladybug fly out of the tree
And land right on my baby’s knee
Ladybug ladybug fly out of your bed
And land right on my baby’s head
Ladybug ladybug fly out of the rose
And land right on my baby’s nose

Goodbye Babies (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.

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

“My Head, My Shoulders, My Knees, My Toes” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music.

Continue the Fun

Here are some more books about the body to check out at your Pasadena Public Library Branch:

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. 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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