Music & Song – Toddler Storytime

I’m a little behind on posting my storytimes lately, so here’s the one I presented for toddlers at the start of this Infant/Toddler Storytime session on June 16, 2015.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands” from Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*


Jazz Baby
 by Lisa Wheeler and R. Gregory Christie

MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

10 Instruments

Old MacDonald
from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book 2nd Edition  by Judy Sierra.  You can find the pattern for the flannelboard here.

Old MacDonald had a farm.
And on that farm he had a sheep.
With a baa-baa here and a baa-baa there.
Here a baa, there a baa, everywhere a baa-baa
Old MacDonald had a farm

Repeat with other animals and noises.

MOVEMENT: “Clap Along with Me” from Best of Wee Sing by Wee Sing


Moo Baa La La La
 by Sandra Boynton (Lap Edition)

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

Classical Baby The Music Show DVD
“Night Music”, “Aquarium” and “Musical Faces” from Classical Baby: The Music Show Stories

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*


Book: Fiddle-I-Fee: A Farmyard Song for the Very Young adapted and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Book: Sing! Lyrics and music by Joe Raposo, story in pictures by Tom Lichtenheld
Book: Knick Knack Paddy Whack sung by SteveSongs, illustrated by Christiane Engel
Book: Little White Duck lyrics by Walt Whippo, Music by Bernard Zaritzky, Illustrations by Joan Paley
Book: Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan ThomasDouglas Florian
Book: Chuck’s Band by Peggy Perry Anderson
Book: Jazzmatazz! by Stephanie Calmenson, illustrated by Bruce Degen



I based a lot of this storytime on a previous one I did about singing.  Jazz Baby was one of the most fun books I have read in really long time.  The beat is so fun to read to, and you can change the pitch of your voice with the book, and snap or clap along and it’s a treat.  A lot of the parents seemed to enjoy that one as well.  I decided I wanted to try the Wee Sing “Clap Along with Me” song this time, and while I like it, I just don’t think it gives toddlers enough of the full body movement that they need at that point in the storytime.  Maybe I’ll play around with the placement of it in the lineup in the future.  I was originally going to do a different book than Moo, Baa, La La La with the toddlers, but since this was the first storytime in the series, it felt like a good choice to help them get used to the storytime flow.  Plus it’s just so fun!

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  37 people      11 am: 45 people

* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page

Music & Song – Infant Storytime

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged (I’ve been working on a grant project that has been taking up a lot of time lately, and which I’ll probably blog about later.  Also, there were some life issues that took a lot of time away as well).  But now, I’m back on the infant/toddler storytime rotation, so expect to see a new post a week (fingers crossed).

Because the first week of Infant Toddler Storytimes for the Summer coincided with the first week of our Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading Challenge I wanted to do something that fit the music theme.  Here’s what I presented:

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*


Little White Duck
 lyrics by Walt Whippo, music by Bernard Zartizky, illustrations by Joan Paley

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

Hush Little Baby
Hush Little Baby Flannelboard with logo
Song and Pattern taken from Judy Sierra’s Flannel Board Storytelling Book.
You can find the templates here.  I shrunk the baby and used the man template from another story to create a father, since I’ve used this before for Father themed-storytimes.

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 diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass
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
And if that dog named Rover won’t bark
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart
And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

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


Moo, Baa La La La
 by Sandra Boynton

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

Hey Diddle Diddle
Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals

Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle.
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed, to see such a sight.
And the dish ran away with the spoon

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

This was a nice way to kick off the infant storytime toddler session, even though I didn’t have a lot of time to plan before hand.  Because of that, I took some guidance from a previous Let’s Sing storytime I did.  Instead of reading The Little White Duck I sang it, which was pretty fun.  I wonder if there are better song/stories to use with infants however.  I know there are a lot of good versions of Hush Little Baby, but since I was going to use that for the flannelboard, I wanted something different.  Speaking of the flannelboard, my notecard that I keep the lyrics on fell from the ledge inside the flannelboard that I usually put it on.  It got caught on the stand, so I couldn’t find it when I was already singing the song.  I had a moment of freak out that, “Oh no, I’m going to forget all the words and not be able to rhyme the words correctly!”.  But, the reason I love felt board stories so much is because the pieces help you remember what comes next.  Luckily the song fell into place, and no rhyme was left hanging.    Moo, Baa, La La La doesn’t have a whole lot of song in it, but it’s so cute and since there is singing in the title I thought I could get away with it.  Also, the version I used is the lap-sit size of the board book, so it’s larger and the pictures carry.

ATTENDANCE: 44 people

* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music