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 fifth storytime of the session we enjoyed a little magic!  (We even made a butterfly or two appear!)

Below you’ll find a record of everything we shared!

Fun FACT:  Imaginative, pretend play is a wonderful way for your child to learn how one thing can stand for another (for example:  a stick can become a “magic” wand).  It helps your child develop language skills and more.  Click onto the link below to read about how playing leads to learning.

Click here: Playing



Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horácek is the perfect book for toddlers.  There is so much to look at and think about with its bright, bold illustrations and the mystery of the lost butterfly.  Lucy sees a beautiful butterfly in the garden, along with a bright green beetle, a brilliant blue dragonfly, some red ladybugs, and many more flying and crawling things. But when will the colorful butterfly come back? (We used a little magic to bring her back to life at the very end of the story; not only does she reappear – she “pops up” in 3-D!)

In Fuzzy Bee 123 by Priddy Books, we do some magic counting and make different bugs appear including a bee, two butterflies, three caterpillars and a few more crawly critters.  It’s a bit of board book magic with colorful, bold drawings of some magical insects!

Fuzzy Little Caterpillar (& a little Butterfly Magic)

The fuzzy little caterpillar crawled up to look at me.

He wriggled and I giggled, friends we soon would be

So I put him in a box, I did!

Don’t you crawl away I said,

But the next day when I opened the lid, out flew a butterfly instead.


New Bounce We Shared

Listen to Acka Backa Soda Cracker, a rhyming bounce we share during storytime.  This video was put together by youth services librarians at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library in Wisconsin.  Watch the video and try the bounce at home with your baby!  It’s a wonderful way to bond and play together.

Action Songs, Flannels, 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.

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.

Nursery Rhyme Flannel We Shared

Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses and all the King’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again.


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 or nursery rhyme)

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.

NEW Tickle:

Color, color up and down

Color, color all around

Color, color knees and toes

Color, color on your nose

Color, color on your tummy

Color, color with your mommy (daddy, nanny, Auntie, etc.)

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 magic,  check these out from your local Pasadena Public Library!