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 second storytime of the session we enjoyed reading and singing about Zoo animals!  Below you’ll find a record of everything we shared!

FUN FACT:  The best way to support your infant’s emerging language and literacy skills is to read, sing and play together!  Click the link below for more information.



Peek-a-Zoo is a colorful, boldly illustrated picture book written by Marie Torres Cimarusti and illustrated by Stephanie Peterson.  Each page offers a chance to play peek-a-boo with a different zoo animal!  Lift the flap and your baby discovers the sounds each animal makes.   The book offers many opportunities to interact and talk to your baby (great for emergent literacy development).

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell is a lift-the-flap and pop-up book with a twist.  Someone writes a letter to the zoo asking for a pet but it seems every “pet” the zoo sends is either too fierce, too loud, too scary, too tall…you get the picture!  All of those “wild” animals were quickly shipped back to the zoo.  However, the book has a happy ending.  The zoo folks think long and hard and finally send over the perfect house pet – a dog!

New Bounce We Shared

Listen to Acka Backa Soda Cracker, a new, rhyming bounce we shared during storytime.  This video and others like it can be found at the Jbrary website.  Watch the video and try the bounce at home with your baby!  It’s a wonderful way to bond and play together.


I went to the zoo and I brought back a giraffe! (munch, stretch, munch)

I went to the zoo and I brought back a BEAR! (Growl!)

I went to the zoo and I brought back a PENGUIN! (waddle, waddle, waddle)

I went to the zoo and I brought back a KANGAROO! (hop, bounce, hop)

I went to the zoo and I brought back a LION! (Roar!)

I took them out of my box but they were so LOUD that I couldn’t keep them at the library!  So I put them back in my box and brought them back to the zoo!

Action Songs, 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.

Opening Songs

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.

Acka Backa Soda Cracker (see video clip above)

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 (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!

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.

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 the zoo, check these out from your local Pasadena Public Library!