Hello! – Infant Storytime

Today was the first storytime of our Winter Session, and what a better way to kick things off than with a big HELLO!  All our stories today were about different ways of greeting each other and saying hi.

Books We Shared


We began infant storytime with Hello Baby! by Mem Fox, illustrated by Steve Jenkins.  We met many different friends in the animal kingdom including a monkey, porcupine, lion, hippo and zebra!  Each animal was paired with a fun characteristic, so it’s a great book to make a little more interactive when you read it with your little one.  You can point to your little one’s eyes as you read gecko’s page, or wink with owl, and more.

Later during storytime, we read Hello, Day! by Anita Lobel.  I love this book for its big bright illustrations.  Each animal makes a different sound as the sun comes up.  But do you know what they are all saying?  Find out in this book that you get to make noises along with!

Flannel Board Story

Hello Toes!

idea taken from one little librarian, who found it at Storytime Secrets.

I put the little boy flannelboard piece on the board, and used it as a prop to point to the various parts of the body we were singing about.

(to the tune of “London Bridge”)
Let’s say hello to our toes,
Hello toes, hello toes
Let’s say hello to our toes
Hello toes.

Other Verses:
– knees
– tummy
– shoulders
– head
– bellybutton

Flannel Board Nursery Rhyme

Little Bo Peep

Template and Rhyme from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra.

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
And doesn’t know where to find them.
Leave them alone
And they’ll come home
Wagging their tails behind them.


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.

(to the tune of :”Frere Jacques”)
Peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo. (cover eyes with hands, then remove)
I see you, I see you (point at child)
I see your little nose (touch nose)
I see your tiny toes (touch toes)
Peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo. (cover eyes with hands, then remove)

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)

Patty Cake
Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man (clap hands together)
Bake me a cake as fast as you can (clap hands together)
Roll it (roll one hand over the other)
And pat it (pat legs)
And mark it with a “B” (make the letter B on baby’s tummy)
And put it in the oven for Baby and me! (hands flat, then point to baby, then you.)

These Are Baby’s Fingers Tickle
These are baby’s fingers (touch fingers)
These are baby’s toes (touch toes)
This is baby’s belly button (touch belly button)
Round and Round it goes (gently circle round baby’s belly button with finger)

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

Sometimes it’s fun to sing along with music.  Here are some of the songs and cds used in today’s storytime.

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

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

“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Walt Disney’s Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 1

Continue the Fun

Want more ways to say Hello!?  Check out some of these books 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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