Home Sweet Home: Infant Storytime

Books We Shared

Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? by Melanie Walsh is a fun exploration of animal houses, while suggesting all kinds of ridiculous habitats like a burrow for a giraffe or a shell for a crocodile! Kids and parents say “No” to each question and then we turn the page and we see who really lives there.

Mary Murphy’s beautifully-illustrated bedtime book Good Night Like This also depicts a variety of animals in their homes, going to sleep in nests, caves, and other dwellings.


I started out the storytime with a tortoise puppet and we talked about how he carries his house with him everywhere.

We told the story of the Three Little Pigs using pig hand puppets. Parents were given scarves to blow. As I blow each piggie’s house down, the pig puppets run into the arms of the children. This doubled as our flannelboard activity for the infants, as I used felt houses and took them down one by one.

Songs and Rhymes We Shared Without Music


On my toe there is a flea
Now he’s climbing on my knee
Past my tummy, past my nose
On my head where my hair grows
On my head there is a flea
Now he’s climbing down on me
Past my tummy, past my knee
On my toe… Take that, you flea!

(Source: https://kcls.org/content/on-my-toe-there-is-a-flea/)


Peekaboo, where are you
hiding in your… PLACE! PEEKABOO!
Peekaboo, I see you
and your smiling… FACE! PEEKABOO!

One Bright Scarf

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow
Toss it up high, and wave it down low
Wiggle it fast, and wiggle it slow
(put scarf over your face) Hey! Where did you go?
(uncover and say:) There you are!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

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!

More Fingerplays

Where is Thumbkin?

Itsy-Bitsy Spider

Music from CDs We Shared

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

“A Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman

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

“Goodbye in the Bayou” from Bon Voyage by Jazzy Ash

“Goodbye Song” from Shining Like a Star by Laura Doherty

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AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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