Our summer session of Infant Storytime is underway.  Each week you’ll find a blog post that covers the books, rhymes, songs, tickle, bounces, flannel stories, fingerplays and puppets we shared.  I also throw in some information about the benefits of reading, singing and talking to your baby!

For our seventh storytime of the session we read about shoes and feet!  We even met an old lady who lived in a shoe!!!

Below you’ll find a record of everything we shared!

FACT:  The nursery rhyme There Was an Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe has an interesting history.  As our ideas about good parenting have changed, so have the words to some of the most well-known English nursery rhymes.  The version we used is listed under the Nursery Rhymes section below.  If you’d like to read the original version click here:  There Was an Old Lady 

To be honest, it was a bit hard for me to read the original because it sounds so harsh, but it was a reflection of an earlier time.  The good news is that we are moving toward a more nurturing and supportive model of parenting and teaching.



In My New Shoes written by Leilani Sparrow and illustrated by Dan Taylor, we see a baby bear who wakes up to find that his feet are growing!  Time to buy some new shoes!!  He and his dad head out on the train to the shoe store. On the way they see feet EVERYWHERE!  Then the BIG decision – what type of shoes does baby bear need?  Galoshes?  Sandals?  Sneakers? Shoes that look like scary sharks???  Baby bear decides that he just wants shoes that fit!  This is the perfect story for infants about shoes.

One Foot, Two Feet by Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekauskas promises to be “an exceptional counting book” and it doesn’t disappoint.  I had to shorten it a bit to fit an infant’s attention span but there is so much counting that there is more than enough content within the first half of the book.  We start with one foot and turn the page to find two feet, we start with one mouse, then turn the page to find three mice, one goose turns into four and one snowman turns into five!!!  We ended there because I told everyone the snowmen melted in the summer heat. To make the book effective for babies, I created a rhythmic counting pattern with each new page which kept the infants engaged and reinforced the math concept.

Two New Nursery Rhyme We Shared

One Two Buckle My Shoe

Action Songs, Flannels, Rhymes & Bounces We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics/words to most of the bounces, songs & rhymes we shared.

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!

Clap Everybody and Say Hello! (see “CDs section” below to find this song in our CD collection)

Clap everybody and say hello, clap everybody and say hello, clap everybody and say hello, no matter what the weather

Stamp everybody…

Wiggle everybody…

Jump everybody…

Dance everybody…

Sing everybody…

Songs, Bounces & Tickle

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.

Nursery Rhymes We Shared

One Two Buckle My Shoe (See video clip above)

One, two, buckle my shoe (pat foot)
Three, four, shut the door (clap)
Five, six, pick up sticks (show fingers)
Seven, eight, lay them straight (pat floor)
Nine, ten, a big fat hen! (make wings and cluck) 

Alternate version
One, two, buckle my shoe (lay one forearm over the other and then switch)
Three, four, shut the door (open hands wide and clap)
Five, six, pick up sticks (act out as if picking up a stick in each hand)
Seven, eight, lay them straight (put “sticks” on the ground)
Nine, ten, a big fat hen! (curve arms out to side to show how big then hen is!)

Flannel/Puppet Story We Shared

There Was an Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe


Version we used during storytime:
There was an old lady who lived in a shoe
She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do
She gave them some broth
She gave them some bread
She gave them a hug
And she put them to bed.

Alternate Version:
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe,
She had so many children she didn't know what to do;
She gave them some broth with plenty of bread,
She kissed them all fondly and sent them to bed.

Acka Backa Soda Cracker 

Video:  Acka Backa Soda Cracker

Acka backa soda cracker, acka backa boo!
Acka backa soda cracker, up goes you!
Acka backa soda cracker, acka backa boo!
Acka backa soda cracker, I love you!

Dickery Dickery Dare

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!

With My Little Hands

With my little hands I go clap, clap, clap, (clap baby’s hands)
With my little feet I go tap, tap, tap. (tap baby’s feet)
With my little arms I wave bye, bye, bye, (gently lift baby’s arm to wave bye)
With my little legs I kick high, high, high! (help lift baby’s legs)
With my little eyes I say peekaboo, (cover baby’s eyes and play peekaboo)
With my little lips I say I love you! (look at baby and say I love you)

REPEAT but change the last line to…”sing I love you! (sing I love you to baby)


Round the Garden

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

Color Color

Color, color up and down

Color, color all around

Color, color knees and toes

Color, color on your nose

Color, color on your tummy

Color, color with your mommy (daddy, nanny, Auntie, etc.)

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

“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 shoes/socks/feet,  check these out from your local Pasadena Public Library!