Infant & Toddler Storytime – My Body

Books about the body are such fun to read with infants and toddlers!  So many of the books are splendidly interactive!


Books We Shared

Toes Earys and Nose by BauerLook at the Baby by JohnsonWe've all got bellybuttons by MartinNose to Toes you are yummy by Harrington
For infant storytime, we started with a lift-the-flap story that uncovers ears, eyes, elbows and more: Toes, Ears & Nose by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Karen Katz.  Caregivers had a fun pointing out all the parts mentioned to their little ones.  We also shared Look at the Baby by Kelly Johnson, a photographically diverse wonderful book that gives a close up look at many different children.

In toddler storytime, African animals helped up celebrate that We’ve All Got Bellybuttons!.  This great story by David Martin, illustrated by Randy Cecil encourages listeners to stretch, kick and move in fun ways with all of their different parts.  And of course, since bellybuttons are involved there’s gotta be some tickling!  Our second book cries out to be sung: Nose to Toes, You are Yummy! by Tim Harrington.  So, I sang and everyone did the movements!  If you want to share the song at home, you can find it here.


Flannelboard Story

Here Comes Little Bird
little bird flannelboard 1 cropped little bird flannelboard 2 cropped little bird flannelboard 3 cropped little bird flannelboard 4 cropped
(Pattern and Rhyme taken from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz & Dick Wilmes, art by Janet McDonnell)

Here comes little bird
He’s landing on your HEAD.
Bye bye little bird.
Bye! Bye! Bye!

Continue, replacing HEAD for other body parts like feet, hand, etc.


Rhymes & Songs We Shared

We had a lot of fun doing action rhymes at storytime!  Here are the ones we shared without musical accompaniment.

INFANT STORYTIME

Now it’s time to Say Hello
(to tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Now it’s time to say hello, say hello, say hello
Now it’s time to say hello and start our storytime.

Peek-a-Boo
(to tune of Frere Jacques)
Peek-a-boo, Peek-a-boo (play peek-a-boo)
I see you, I see you (point at baby)
I see your little nose  (touch baby’s nose)
I see your tiny toes (touch baby’s toes)
Peek-a-boo.  Peek-a-boo. (play peek-a-boo again)

See a video of Peek-a-Boo.

Trot, Trot to Boston
Trot, trot to Boston (Bounce child gently on lap)
Trot, trot to Lynn.
Look out baby
Don’t fall in! (gently let baby “fall” between your legs)

Patty Cake
Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man. (Clap your hands)
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it (Roll your hands, hand over hand)
and pat it (pat baby’s legs)
And mark it with a B (write a B on baby’s tummy)
And put it in the oven for Baby and me. (point to baby, then point to you)

Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the garden (circle finger around baby’s bellybutton)
Goes the teddy bear
A one step, a two step, (move fingers up the chest)
A tickle-y under there. (tickle under the chin)

See a video of Round and Round the Garden.

 

TODDLER STORYTIME

Now it’s time to Say Hello
(to tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Now it’s time to say hello, say hello, say hello
Now it’s time to say hello and start our storytime.

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Open shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Give a little clap, clap, clap. (clap hands on each clap)
Open, shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Open shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Place them on your lap-lap-lap.  (pat lap three times)
Creep them, crawl them (creep fingers up from lap towards chin)
Creep them, crawl them (creep fingers up from lap towards chin)
Right up to your chin-chin-chin (tap fingers on chin)
Open up your little mouth (open mouth wide)
BUT DO NOT LET THEM IN! (say quickly and hide hands behind back).

See a video of Open Shut Them.

Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye
(to tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Now it’s time to say goodbye, say goodbye, say goodbye
Now it’s time to say goodbye
I’ll see you all next week.


Music We Shared

Singing is a great way to share words and rhythms with your baby.  While you don’t need a music cd to do this, we do share some songs from cds in our storytimes.

INFANT STORYTIME

ItsToddlerTime
“Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

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

ChildrensFavoriteSongsVol3
“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

songs for wiggleworms
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

 

TODDLER STORYTIME

Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels
“Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

toddlers on parade
“Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett & Elaine Bueffel

songs for wiggleworms
“Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

FingerplaysandFootplays
“Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays for Fun and Learning by  Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass


Film We Watched in Toddler Storytime

classical music baby
“Baby’s Hands”. “Baby Steps”, and “Musical Faces” from Classical Baby: The Music Show

Wonderful videos set to classical music.


 Continue the Fun

Still want more?  Check out these fun books all about you at your Pasadena Public Library Branch.

My Nose Your Nose by Walsh Piggies by Wood 

Children’s Room – Infant Toddler Storytime – 4/19/2016

Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer D. is a Senior Librarian of Youth Services . When she was young, she was once grounded for reading too much. Things haven’t changed much since then and she loves escaping into a good story. When she’s not reading she enjoys watching old musicals, scouring flea markets, taking way too many photos and letterpressing. If she could have any pet she wanted she would have a wombat or a manatee.

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