For the SEVENTH  meeting of our spring session we read books about BABIES!  We read about a jazzy baby who sang some scat and  we shared a book that taught us how other baby animals play peekaboo!  (Here’s a hint:  They don’t actually say peekaboo!)

Here are the books, rhymes, fingerplays, flannel boards, action songs and video we shared.



In Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler and R. Gregory Christie, we meet a jazzy family who happen to dance, scat, root-a-toot-toot, snap, clap and swing their way through the story.  The rhythms and rhymes in this book are incredible for teaching sounds, encouraging fine and gross motor skills development and introducing toddlers to musical beats.  A really fun picture book that is interactive and can easily be adapted to fit toddler attention spans.

Peek-A-Moo by Marie Torres Cimarusti is a fun book that introduces babies to the different things animals say.  A cow says peek-a-moo while a pig says peek-a-oink…what about a duck?  Why peek-a-quack!  Then of course we finally get to a baby!  What does baby say?  I think you can guess.  A colorful, lift-the-flap book that teaches, engages and keeps babies on their toes!

Flannel Boards We Shared

Poor Little Baby, Are You Still Sad?

Poor little baby, are you still sad?

Let’s lift the (blue) blanket to see if you’re glad!

[REPEAT by lifting each color blanket – orange, yellow, green, red….]

A face depicting a different mood will be under each blanket; the final blanket that you remove should reveal your “GLAD” baby!



Hush, Little Baby

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word.
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird

And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat

And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover

Here’s a version of Hush Little Baby in American Sign Language!

Action Songs & Fingerplays We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics/words to those songs & rhymes we shared without CD accompaniment here.

Welcome, Welcome Everyone
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle)

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

Open Shut Them – Video:  Open Shut Them

Open, shut them, open, shut them, (open and close hands)
Give a little clap, clap, clap.  (clap three times)
Open shut them, open shut them (open and close hands)
Put them in your lap, lap, lap. (place hands in lap and bounce them 3X)

Creep them, crawl them, creep them crawl them, (crawl fingers up arms)
Right up to your chinny  chin chin. (place fingers on chin)
Open up your little mouth (open mouth and say ahhhhhh)
But do not put them in!! (put hands behind your back)

This is Big, Big Big – Video:  This is Big

This is big big big
Hold arms out to side

This is small small small
Cup hands together

This is short short short
Hold hands with palms facing each other

This is tall tall tall
Reach one hand above head

This is fast fast fast
Circle fists quickly

This is slow slow slow
Circle fists slowly

This is yes yes yes

This is no no no
Shake head

Credit:  Mel’s Desk

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.

Goodbye Friends (in sign) – Video:  Goodbye 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 action songs & rhymes 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 Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“I’m a Little Teapot” from Toddler Favorites by Music for Little People

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Its Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“ABC”  from Go Baby Go! Baby Loves Jazz by Baby Loves Jazz Band

Two Little Blackbirds” from  Circle Time: songs and rhymes for the very young by Lisa Monet

“We’re Going to the Market” from I Love to Hear the Sounds by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes” from Its Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

We used our shaker eggs and bells for this song!  “We’re Going to the Market”



Video We Shared

Spot’s Bath

Continue the Fun

If you’d like to read more books about babies, check these out at your local Pasadena Public Library.