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From Renea Arnold, Early Childhood Services Supervisor, Multnomah County (Ore.) Library

Book Babies Storytime for Ages Birth to One Year

Blow bubbles - walk around to each baby and blow some bubbles to baby. In between blows, mention to adults that they are free to nurse or bottle feed babies, change diapers, it’s okay if babies fall asleep in the middle of the program. It is helpful to caregivers to mention the philosophy that they’re never late unless they miss the entire program.

Early Literacy Message to parents at beginning of program

Songs and rhymes expose babies to phonological awareness. Babies learn to play with the sounds of language.

Rhyme

Humpty Dumpty (Repeat 3 times)

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall  (bounce baby on lap)
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall  (fall back with baby)
And all the King’s horses and all the King’s men (bounce baby on lap)
Couldn’t put Humpty together again (bounce baby on lap)

Song

The Wheels on the Bus (Sing once with multiple verses)

The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round (roll baby’s hands or legs)
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All through the town

The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep  (gently tap baby’s nose)
Beep, beep, beep
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep
All through the town.

The wipers on the bus go swish swish, swish  (sway and gently wave baby’s arms
Swish swish, swish      
The wipers on the bus go swish swish, swish  back and forth)
All through the town.

The babies on the bus go up and down   (lift baby up and down)
Up and down, go up and down
The babies on the bus go up and down
All through the town.

Rhymes

Jack Be Nimble (Repeat 3 times)

Jack be nimble   (bounce baby)
Jack be quick
Jack JUMP over   (lift baby up)
The candlestick.

Pease Porridge (Repeat 3 times)

Pease porridge hot,   (Clap hands in rhythm to the
Pease porridge cold.   words)
Pease porridge in the pot,
Nine days old.
Some like it hot,
Some like it cold.
Some like it in the pot,
Nine days old.

Introductions

Introduce self and have each caregiver say name, baby’s name and baby’s age. (Reason for introductions partway through-allows all participants to arrive and get settled. Babies are unpredictable, a caregiver may have to deal with a sudden diaper change or clothes change as they are about to leave, so waiting makes everyone feel welcome.

Rhymes

Ride the Horsey (Repeat 3 times)

Ride the horsey  (Ride baby on knee or leg)
Ride to town.
Ride the horsey
Don't fall down!  (Lower baby gently through legs on "down.")

These are Baby’s Fingers (Repeat 3 times)

These are baby's fingers.  (Kiss or touch fingers)
These are baby's toes.   (Kiss or touch toes)
This is baby's belly button,  (Touch belly)
Round and round it goes.  (Circle belly button)

Peek-a-boo with scarves (available from juggling stores or websites)

Peek-a-boo is a fun game for all ages. It can be played using hands or blankets, as well as with scarves.

Book

All Fall Down by Helen Oxenbury

Early Literacy Message to parents: This book has lots of action words and bright illustrations of babies. It encourages print motivation.

Rhyme

From Wibbleton to Wobbleton (Repeat 3 times)

Early Literacy Message to parents: This rhyme has a strong beat and helps children hear the syllables in words.

From Wibbleton to Wobbleton is 15 miles  (bounce baby)
From Wobbleton to Wibbleton is 15 miles
From Wibbleton to Wobbleton
From Wobbleton to Wibbleton
From Wibbleton to Wobbleton is 15 miles.

Song

Pop Goes the Weasel  (Sing 2 times)

All around the cobbler’s bench  (bounce baby)
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought twas all in fun
POP goes the weasel.   (lift baby into air)

Rhymes

Round and Round the Garden  (Repeat 3 times)

Round and round the garden,   (Circle belly with finger)
Goes the teddy bear.
One step, two step,    (Walk fingers up chest)
Tickle under there.   (Tickle under chin)

Rickety, Rickety Rocking Horse (Repeat 3 times)

Rickety, rickety rocking horse  (Bounce baby)
Over the hills we go.
Rickety, rickety rocking horse,
Giddy-up, giddy-up, whoa!   (Lean back)

This Little Piggy (Repeat 2 times)

This little piggy went to market, (Touch baby's fingers or toes)
This little piggy stayed home.      
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy cried,
"Wee, wee, wee,"   (Walk fingers up child's arm
All the way home.   or leg)

Book

Busy Bunnies by John Schindel

Early Literacy Message to parents: This book has fun words such as plopping, bunching, munching, sipping, and scrubbing that help build babies’ vocabulary.  You are welcome to check this book out and spend time talking about the photos of the bunnies and their activities.

Closing Song

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (sing once)

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,  (Wiggle fingers in the air)
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,  (Point up to sky)
Like a diamond in the sky,  (Join finger and thumb to           finger and thumb of other hand)
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,  (Wiggle fingers in the air)
How I wonder what you are.

Playtime

Get out toys, chat with caregivers, play with babies, help caregivers connect with one another to form support networks and friendships.

Early Literacy Message to parents: All children learn through play. Toys encourage babies to grasp, shake, push, pull and to explore while interacting with caregivers, siblings, and other babies.