Cats: Infant Storytime

For our sixth Infant Storytime of the spring session, we read books about cats.


Books We Shared

We started storytime off with Thumpy Feet by Betsy Lewin.  Thumpy is an orange cat, and this book is filled with fun onomatopoeia of the sounds he makes as he goes about his day eating, napping, and being a cat.

Our second book, I Love Cats by Barney Saltzberg celebrated all the different wonderful things there are to enjoy about our feline friends.


Flannel Board Song

I Had a Cat


taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book 2nd Edition by Judy Sierra

I had a cat,
My cat pleased me.
I fed my cat under yonder tree.
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

I had a pig
My pig pleased me
I fed my pig under yonder tree.
Pig goes Oink Oink
Cat goes Fiddle-i-fee.

Other verses:
Rooster ……. Rooster goes Cock-a-doodle-do!
Donkey ……. Donkey goes Hee-haw!
Turkey …….. Turkey goes Gobble-gobble!


Rhymes & Bounces & Songs We Shared without Music

We sing a lot of songs during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics to those songs without music here.

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!

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker Bounce
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker (bounce baby gently on knees)
Icky Bicky Boo
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker
Up Goes You! (lift baby into air)

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker (bounce baby gently on knees)
Icky Bicky Boo
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker
I love you! (bring baby in for a cuddle)

 

Round and Round the Garden Tickle
Round and round the garden (gently circle round baby’s belly button with finger)
Goes the teddy bear.
A one step (move your fingers and tickle baby up the belly)
A two step (move your fingers and tickle baby up the belly)
A tickly under there (tickle baby under chin)

Storytime’s Over
Hands up high! (Put your hands in air)
Now give a big sigh (sigh and bring hands down)
Our storytime’s over
So wave bye-bye (wave)


Music from CDs We Shared

I love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the songs and cds used in storytime.

 


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

Clap everybody and say hello, (clap hands)
Clap everybody and say hello,
Clap everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Stamp everybody and say hello, (stomp feet)
Stamp everybody and say hello,
Stamp everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Wiggle everybody and say hello, (wiggle baby)
Wiggle everybody and say hello,
Wiggle everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Jump everybody and say hello, (lift baby up high)
Jump everybody and say hello,
Jump everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Sing everybody and say hello, (wave hi)
Sing everybody and say hello,
Sing everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

 


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

This is the way the ladies ride (bounce baby to rhythm)
Trit trot, trit trot
This is the way the ladies ride early in the morning!
This is the way the gentleman ride, gallop and trot, gallop and trot
This is the way the gentleman ride, early in the morning!
This is the way the farmers ride, clippity cloppety, clippity cloppety
This is the way the farmers ride early in the morning!
This is the way the cowgirls/boys ride, giddy up, giddy up
This is the way the cowgirls/boys ride early in the morning – YEEHAW!!
(REPEAT once more)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

A smooth road to London town (sway baby gently on your lap)
A smooth road to London town
The road goes up and the road goes down
A smooth road to London town

But…

(bounce baby fast)
By and by we come to a dell
And there the roads are not so swell
A bumpy road! A bumpy road!
A bumpy road to London town

A smooth road to London town (sway baby gently on your lap)
A smooth road to London town
The road goes up and the road goes down
A smooth road to London town

(bounce baby fast)
By and by we come to a wood
And there the road is not so good
A rough road! A rough road!
A rough road to London town


Continue the Fun

Want more stories about cats?  Check these out at your Pasadena Public Library branch:

   

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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