Counting: Infant Storytime

Books We Shared

Ten Tiny Babies features Karen Katz’s adorable illustrations of rolly-polly bouncy babies, and we count them from 1 to 10.

Nancy Tafuri is one of the best author/illustrators for babies and toddlers, and in Five Little Chicks some baby chicks and their mother hen have fun exploring the farm looking for food. This would be a great book to pair with the song “Los Pollitos” (Baby Chicks) which you can find on many CDs in our catalog.


Flannel Boards We Shared

Five Little Speckled Frogs

five green and speckled frogs

Five little speckled frogs
Sitting on a speckled log
Eating a most delicious fly — Yum, Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four little speckled frogs!

(keep singing, removing one at a time until there are none left)

(I use the song from Wiggleworms Love You)

Ladybug’s Spots

Ladybug has one spot, one spot, one spot
Ladybug has one spot on her back.

(add a spot and change the number)


Letter of the Day

Our Letter of the Day was C for Counting! We drew a big C in the air, celebrated other words that start with C, and found kids whose names begin with C. This is something I think I will continue to do with the Letter of the Day segment.


Action Songs & Bounces We Shared

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 the rose
and land right on my baby’s nose!

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker

Icky bicky soda cracker, icky bicky boo
Icky bicky soda cracker, up goes you!

Icky bicky soda cracker, icky bicky boo
Icky bicky soda cracker, I love you!

Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and the other named Jill
Fly away Jack! Fly away Jill!
Come back Jack! Come back Jill!

This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to market
This little piggy stayed home
This little piggy had roast beef
This little piggy had none
This little piggy cried Wee wee wee wee all the way home!

(I usually end with tickles)

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

Did you know singing and dancing improve brain function?  Here are some of the songs/dances on CD that we used in storytime to power up our early literacy with some great blood flow!

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

“I Know a Chicken” from The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

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

“Goodbye in the Bayou” from Bon Voyage by Jazzy Ash

“Goodbye Song” from Shining Like a Star by Laura Doherty


Continue the Fun

Here are some more books about counting 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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