Choo Choo: Infant Storytime

Books We Shared

We read Chugga-chugga Choo-choo by Kevin Lewis with pictures by Daniel Kirk, in which toys act out the busyness and work of a train coming into the station.

I don’t always do this, but sometimes I have a book from home that really works with my theme and I share that instead of a library book. This book, Tell the Time With Thomas by Christopher Awdry and Ken Stott introduces the concept of the analog clock with an actual play clock and a simple, interactive story about a day in the life of everyone’s favorite tank engine!


Flannel Boards We Shared

Freight Train by Donald Crews

I used felt pieces to narrate the classic book Freight Train by Donald Crews.


Action Songs & Bounces We Shared

Hickory, Dickory Dock

We used the clockface on my Tell the Time With Thomas book to show the hours changing.

Hickory, dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock (lift baby)
The clock struck one–BONNNNG (slapping your lap)
And down he’d run!–Weee! (lift baby up and down fast)
Hickory, dickory dock

Hickory, dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock (lift baby)
The clock struck two–BONNNG, BONNNNG (slapping your lap)
And down he flew!–Weee! (lift baby up and down fast)
Hickory, dickory dock

Hickory, dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock (lift baby)
The clock struck three–BONNNNG, BONNNNG, BONNNNG (slapping your lap)
The mouse went: “Weee!” (lift baby up and down fast)
Hickory, dickory dock

Icky, Bicky Soda Cracker

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker
Icky Bicky Boo
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker
Up goes you! (lift baby)

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker
Icky Bicky Boo
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker
I love you! (give baby a hug)

Engine, Engine

from
Songs & games for toddlers
featuring Bob McGrath & Katharine Smithrim

Engine, engine number 9
Coming down Chicago Line
If the train goes off its track
Do you want your money back?
Yes? (sway to the side)
No? (sway to the other side)
Maybe so? (sway back and forth)

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

“Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Wheels on the Bus” from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music


Continue the Fun

Here are some more books about trains to check 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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