Bookbabies

From Clara Hendricks at the Wellesley  (MA) Free Library:

“Bookbabies is a storytime program for babies and toddlers at the Wellesley Free Library, sponsored by a grant from the Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club.  It is open to the public, with no registration required, and held four times a week, twice at the main library and once at each branch.  The suggested age range is 3-30 months, but siblings and older children are welcome to attend, and often do.  The program itself lasts about 20 minutes, with time allotted after for the families to play and read in the storytime room.  Regular attendance at the main library is 50-80 people, and at the branches it ranges from 5-25.”

Sample program

Welcome to Bookbabies and introduction

Opening

Snuggle Up Together

Snuggle up together, baby’s in your lap
Snuggle up together and clap, clap, clap
Snuggle up together, don’t you nap
Snuggle up together and tap, tap, tap
We’re working out together, baby don’t stop
We’re working out together now hop, hop, hop
Snuggle up together, baby’s in your lap
Snuggle up together and clap, clap, clap
Our rhyme is almost over, get ready to STOP!
Now our rhyme is over so stop, stop, stop

Song

Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town.
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish…
The driver on the bus says move on back…
The doors on the bus go open and shut…
The babies on the bus go “wah, wah, wah”…
The parents on the bus say “shh, shh, shh”…
The wheels on the bus go round and round…    

Early literacy skill

Vocabulary means knowing the names of things.  Babies learn vocabulary very quickly.  The best way to enrich your child’s vocabulary is simply by talking to them, even if they can’t respond, and reading books that use a range of words.

Book

My Car by Byron Barton

Rhyme

I Went Along the Street One Day (with feltboard)

I went along the street one day, and saw a car across the way.
What do you think I heard it say? Vroom, vroom, vroom!
And saw a plane ... Woosh, woosh, woosh!
And saw a boat ... Toot, toot, toot!
And saw a bus ... Beep, beep, beep!
And saw a train ... Choo, choo, choo!

Bounces

Bounce you here

I bounce you here, I bounce you there, I bounce you, bounce you everywhere
I tickle you here, I tickle you there, I tickle you, tickle you everywhere
I hug you here, I  hug you there, I hug you, hug you everywhere

Trot Trot to Boston

Trot trot to Boston, trot trot to Lynn
Watch out baby or you might fall in!
Trot trot to Wellesley, trot trot to Dover
Look out baby or you might fall over!

Book

What in the World? by Eve Merriam

Songs

I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little teapot, short and stout
Here is my handle, and here is my spout
When I get all steamed up, here me shout          
“Tip me over and pour me out!”

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Shakers

 Warm up (practice shaking and stopping, shaking high, low, in the middle, fast, slow, loud and soft)

Shake Them High and Shake Them Low (tune of London Bridge)

Shake them high and shake them low
Shake them high and shake them low
Shake them high and shake them low
That’s the way our shakers go
Shake them fast and shake them slow…

Two Little Bluebirds

Two little bluebirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack, one named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
Two little bluebirds sitting on a cloud
One named Soft, one named Loud
Fly away Soft, fly away Loud
Come back Soft, come back Loud

Closing

If you’re happy and you know it

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
       …stomp your feet
       …shout “Hooray!”
       …nod your head
       …wiggle your fingers
       …clap your hands

Row, row, row your boat

Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream
Row, row, row your boat, gently to and fro
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, down the stream we go