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Signing with Baby Story Time

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Clive Public Library, Clive, IA – Suzy Piel


Just to give you a layout if you need it for how I do my program – it is about 15 minutes long and we do the same songs each week of the session so that we all become familiar with them, plus the babies like that. I change the books each week and we usually read/point out things as we all read. Then we always close with the song “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” We always “twinkle” our fingers open and closed during the song and soon the babies start to pick up on that movement. Once the program is over, I always lay out some books and toys for them to play with and let the moms stay in the room as long as they want to talk and play. This seems to work for us here at Clive.


HELLO SONG:  Baby Hokey Pokey (B.L. Spring ‘08 #1) [taken from CD Baby Face]


(To the tune of London Bridge)


Hi, hello and how are you,

How are you, how are you,

Hi, hello and how are you,

How are you today? (repeat)


SONG:  “Head Shoulders Knees & Toes” (B.L. Spring ’08 #2) [taken from CD Disney Babies Playtime]


SONG: “Baa Baa Black Sheep” (B.L. Spring ’08 #3) (taken from CD Nursery Rhyme Time)


SONG:  “Merry Go Round” (B.L. Spring ’08 #4) [taken from CD It’s Toddler Time]


BOOK:  Barnyard Dance  by Sandra Boynton


BOOK:  Peekaboo Baby  by  Margaret Miller


CLOSING SONG:  “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"



Orange City Public Library, Orange City, Iowa – Becky Bilby


We use Babygarten.com You buy the program and it is all set up for you – we LOVE it!



Burlington Public Library, Burlington, Iowa - Angela Pilkington


For the past 4 years I have been doing the Babygarten storytime curriculum.  You have to pay (one time fee) to use the Babygarten name and all of their materials.  This was the best for us, because they give you all of the songs, all the crafts and handouts that you need for an entire year in a binder.  It has been our most successful baby lapsit program.  I do it twice a week, an evening session (for working parents) and a daytime session.  We average about 40 babies and parents a week for the program, which we offer 4 times a year at 10 week intervals.



The New York Public Library - Susie Heimbach



0-24 month olds


The biggest tricks in my bag when programming with babies are starting and ending each session with bubbles, singing a lot (!), choosing short stories that rhyme, have repetitive text, or allow the grown ups to read along, and having a short play time with simple toys after the program is over.


WELCOME SONG: “Hello Bubble”

Hello bubble, (repeat)

Come and land, (repeat)

Right in the middle (repeat)

Of my hand! (repeat)


ACTION SONG: “Good Morning to You”

Good morning to you, (clap hands)

Good morning to you,

Good morning, dear (CHILD’S NAME),

Good morning to you!


ACTION RHYME: “Open, Shut Them”

Open, shut them, open, shut them, (open and close hands)

Give a little clap, clap, clap! (clap hands)

Open, shut them, open, shut them,

Lay them in your lap! (lay hands in lap)


Creep them, crawl them, creep them, crawl them, (walk fingers up to chin)

Right up to your chin, chin, chin!

Open wide your little mouth, (open mouth)

But do not let them in! (cover mouth)


BOOK: The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O’Connell


ACTION SONG: “The Wheels on the Bus”

The wheels on the bus go round and round,

Round and round, round and round. (rotate hands round and round)

The wheels on the bus go round and round,

All through the town!


Repeat with horn/beep-beep-beep, wipers/swish-swish-swish, children/up and down - up and down - up and down, babies/wah-wha-wah, and mommies/shh-shh-shh.


BOUNCING RHYME: “Giddyap, Giddyap”

Giddyap, giddyap, ride to town, (bounce baby on knees, facing forward)

Giddyap, giddyap, up and down.

Giddyap fast, (bounce quickly)

Giddyap slow, (bounce slowly)

Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap, WHOA! (dip baby backwards gently)


BOOK: Ten Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz 


ACTION SONG: “The Baby Hokey Pokey”

You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out, (extend right hand)

You put your right hand in, and you shake it all about! (shake right hand)

You do the hokey pokey, and you turn yourself around, (help baby dance in lap)

That’s what it’s all about!


Repeat with left hand, right foot, left foot, head, and body.


TICKLE RHYME: “Pizza Pickle Pumpernickel”

Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel, (wiggle fingers)

My little one shall have a tickle!

One for his/her nose, (tickle nose)

And one for his/her toes, (tickle toes)

And one for his/her tummy where the hotdog goes! (tickle tummy)


BOOK: Three Little Kittens by Lorianne Siomades 


ACTION SONG: “Three Speckled Frogs”

Three green and speckled frogs, (hold up three fingers)

Sitting on a speckled log,

Eating the most delicious bugs, yum-yum!

One jumped into the pool, (lift baby up)

Where it was nice and cool,

Then there were two green speckled frogs!


Repeat for two and one speckled frogs.


ACTION RHYME: “Pat-a-Cake”

Pat a cake, pat a cake, baker’s man, (clap hands)

Bake me a cake as fast you can!

Roll it, (roll hands in circle)

And pat it, (pat hands together)

And mark it with a “B,” (trace “B” on palm)

Then put it in the oven (lift hands up)

For baby and me! (hug baby)


ACTION SONG: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands, (clap 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!


Repeat with stomp your feet, shout hooray, and do all three.


GOODBYE SONG: “Goodbye Bubble”

Goodbye bubble, (repeat)

Time to go, (repeat)

You can help me (repeat)

With a blow! (repeat)


Bellevue Public Library, Bellevue, Nebraska - Alice Boeckman


We started "Baby & Me" storytimes in 2005, offering them in Oct., Dec., Feb., and Apr.  Our average attendance (children and caregivers) was about 15/session.  It was successful enough that we started offering it weekly during all months except May and August (Summer Reading Program preparation/clean-up months).  We now average around 18-20/session.

We do NOT require pre-registration, so we basically try to accommodate anyone and everyone.  Ours are held, typically, on Wednesday mornings at 9:15 AM and each session lasts about 30 minutes.  When I developed the program I set up a basic pattern to follow, although I have no problems straying from the order, if need be.

Baby & Me (I chose that name after talking to staff members about "lapsits" and having them think I was talking about "lap dances".  Imagine the looks I got!) storytime is for babies from birth - 24 months and their parents/caregivers.  We try to stress that it is best enjoyed as a one-on-one experience, although we realize that some adults will need to bring an older child as well.  When this happens I usually try to engage the older children by making them my "helpers", handing out musical instruments, puppets, board books, etc. 

Our basic routine is to start with a song and some kind of activity.  I then introduce a puppet who helps to set up the theme of the day.  We have several "people" puppets (Patrick, Molly and Luna) as well as a number of animals that we use.  I then read a board book, followed by about 10 minutes of play time.  We alternate various activities such as musical instruments, board books, puzzles, bean bags and hand puppets.  This is time for the parents/babies to interact, as well as for parents to chat with each other.  We wrap things up by singing a goodbye song in which each child's name is mentioned.  Depending on how many children we have, this song can sometimes take 4-5 minutes to complete.

I always tell my parents that I expect them to talk when I'm talking.  I am there to facilitate, but it is really meant to be parent-and-child time, so when I read the book and show the pictures I like to hear parents talking with their babies, saying things like, "Look at that rubber duck.  Do you have a rubber duck?  What do you play with in the bathtub?" 

Our set-up is in a rather large, paneled room with industrial carpeting, so I lay down baby blankets for everyone to sit on.  I purchased some blankets at garage sales and others were donated by a mom who was looking to get rid of a bunch of baby things.

Songs we use frequently include things like "Are You Sleeping"(Frere Jacques) and "Twinkle. Twinkle, Little Star" and piggyback songs sung to familiar tunes.  I look for songs and activities that use hands for clapping, feet for tapping, arms for hugging, as well as activities that point out body parts, animal sounds, and concepts such as up, down, high, low, etc.

I try to sneak some "education" into my storytimes by talking to parents about the benefits of the various activities we are doing ("By clapping in rhythm, you are introducing and reinforcing the concept of the rhythms that are part of our spoken language."  "When you hold your child in your lap and read a book, you begin to introduce the concept of reading from front to back, top to bottom, and left to right")  I am especially intrigued by the current research on brain activity and development in babies, so I like to share this info as I come across new and interesting facts.

Our closing song is one I came up with, using the tune "Good night, Ladies".  We sing "Goodbye, friends.  Goodbye, friends.  Goodbye, friends.  We're glad you came today"  Then we sing to each child, replacing the word "friends" with the child's name.




Belvedere-Tiburon Library, Tiburon, CA - Alicia Bell



Sign ups limited to 20.  I hand out a sheet with all the poems and songs on them for newbies.  I use a story apron from Lakeshorelearning.org.

Each session lasts approximately 20 minutes.  Parents/caregivers are encouraged to sing along and speak along with poems and 



Sample Format:




APRON STORY:  “Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?”


ACTION RHYME: “Open Them Shut Them”


BOARD BOOK: This Little Baby's Morning by Ann Morris


ACTION RHYME: “Itsy Bitsy Spider”




BOARD BOOK: Clap Hands by Helen Oxenbury (usually read twice)


ACTION SONG: “I'm a Little Tea Pot”


APRON SONG:  “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”


BOARD BOOK:  My Very First Mother Goose Board Books/ Wee Willie Winkie by Rosemary Wells


ACTION RHYME: “Clap, Clap Clap Your Hands”


POEM AND PUPPET: “Here’s My Little Turtle”


BOARD BOOK SONG  “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”


POEM AND PUPPET: “Boing Boing Squeak - a Bouncing Mouse Is in My House”


ACTION SONG:  “Head & Shoulders Knees & Toes”


PUPPET STORY:  Go Away Big Green Monster  by Ed Emberly


ENDING SONG:  “If You're Happy & You Know It.”





The next four storytimes are taken from the 

Harris County Library Homepage 





Three Little Kittens by Lorianne Siomades

The Itsy Bitsy Spider  by Lorianne Siomades

Sing a Song of Sixpence (Big Book) by Pam Adams



"Pat-A-Cake" (Parents play pat-a-cake with the baby)

"Grand Old Duke of York" (Parents lift child up and down as the troops march up and down)

"Hickory Dickory Dock (Clock flannel board and mouse finger puppet)

"Little Piggies" (Piggy finger puppets)






Time for Bed  by Mem Fox

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight My Duckling by Nancy Tafuri

Go to Bed, Fred  by Alice Inches



"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" Kidzup: Toddler Hits CD

Baby Einstein: Lullaby Classics CD


Babies play with Lamaze toys towards the end of babytime and then we close with bubbles.






Whose Baby am I? by John Butler

My Kitten Friends (Board Book) by Jane Burton

Baby Pets (Board Book) by Margaret Miller



"Two Little Kittens" (Recited to Two Little Blackbirds)

Two little kittens sitting on a hill

One named Jack and one named Jill

Run away Jack, run away Jill

Come back Jack, come back Jill

Two little kittens sitting on a hill

One named Jack and one named Jill.


Babies play with Lamaze toys after storytime






Baby Food  by Saxton Freymann

Now I Eat My ABC's (Board Book) by Pam Abrams

Yummy Yucky (Board Book) byLeslie Patricelli




"Jelly on My Head" (touch parts on the body)

Jelly on my head, jelly on my toes

Jelly on my shirt, Jelly on my nose

Jelly on my belly, jelly is my favorite food

And when I'm in a jelly mood

I can't ever get enough

Of that yummy, yummy stuff!


"Hot Cross Buns"

Hot Cross Buns, (clap hands in rhythm)

Hot Cross Buns, (clap hands in rhythm)

One a-penny, two a-penny. (count out two fingers)

Hot Cross Buns (clap hands)


Babies play with Lamaze toys after storytime.



 Seattle Public Library - Betsy Kluck-Keil


At Seattle Public Library, I do a series of 4 baby storytimes. I offer them 4 times a year.


I tend to lean towards more child development/parenting and modeling stories. Of course we do plenty of tummy ticklers and knee bounces. I sprinkle the parent education between the fun and games.


Each Storytime runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with 15 minutes of meet and greet in the beginning (great for latecomers and parents really appreciate this) and 15 minutes at the end to hang out.


The name of the sessions are:



Relax and enjoy all the wonders your baby sees



Tips for reading to this age with solid research on brain development. Demonstration and time to practice.



Why and how music helps develops Phonological Awareness



Wrap up on key point of brain development and reading with library & Web resources.  Each session follows the following outline, with specific information key to the topic of the day.  Here is a sample of what one of my sessions might look like:  This class has a registration and I limit it to 20 families (no siblings, if possible)





Introduce: Myself and ask families to introduce themselves and to share a favorite musical artist/genre they are already sharing with their baby. Or sometimes I ask them to describe a memory they have with music in their family.


INTRODUCTION TO POWER OF SONG: (short blurb on the importance of music)


OPENING SONG: “Dance Your Fingers Up”     


BOOK: If You’re Happy and You Know It by Annie Kubler

(Watch how their eyes brighten…how they respond while you sing.)


ACTION RHYME: “Wheels on the Bus”


LONGER PARENT EDUCATION: Music helps key a baby’s ear into hearing smaller parts of longer sounds (words), a key skill to be able to read.  Describe how and why this works with examples. Talk about how it helps wire the brain at this stage of development.


SHOW ‘N TELL BOOKS:  (I show them and read some. I like to show them how to use books that are not specifically ones from a song, and how to sing a song with it.


My Clothes by Ed Emberly

Old MacDonald by Jessica Souhamie

My Animals by Ed Emberly

The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Rosemary Wells

Very First Mother Goose Collection by Peter and Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells

If You’re Happy and you Know It by Ann Kubler


GAMES: Find the Music! Hide a wind up toy under an obvious scarf and let the children look for it. (The younger the child, the closer you want to put it.  Pre-crawlers should be able to reach and grab.)

Do this by showing them, very obviously at first, hen as they catch on, be a little sneakier. One music box for the whole crowd, but let parents try it out for their child while others read.


GREAT game that grows with child’s ability, by hiding the music in a trickier spot. It is a wonderful way to help develop a child’s listening skills. Later they will hear the difference between a “b” and a “d”.

Use egg shakers to play while listening to a favorite tape…try fast and slow songs (Jim Gills Sings "Do Re Mi on his Toe Leg Knee")


RESOURCES: Show some of the Library’s resources for this topic.


CLOSING MESSAGE:  Recap one important piece of information you want them to take home.


CLOSING SONG:  “The More We Get Together”


15 minutes left to hang out and chat, while I put things away.



Redmond Public Library, Redmond, Oregon -  Peggy Rhoads




Early Literacy Tip of the Week: With babies, it doesn’t have to be a children’s book that you read to them. Your baby will never know the difference! He will be lulled by the sound of your calming voice and by the comforting knowledge that you’re there with him.


OPENING SONG: “Willoughby, Wallaby Woo”

Willoughby, wallaby woo, the elephant sat on you

Willoughby wallaby woo, the elephant sat on me

Willoughby wallaby W (name of child), the elephant sat on…


OPENING RHYME: “Open Them, Shut Them”

Open them, shut them (open and close fists)

Open them, shut them, open them, shut them

Give a little clap (clap hands)

Creep them, creep them (creep fingers up arm)

Slowly creep them to your rosy cheeks

Then open up your fingers wide (open fingers in front of face)

And through them peek (peek through fingers)

Open them, shut them (open and close fists)

Open them, shut them, open them, shut them

Lay them in your lap (lay hands down on lap)


BOOK: We’ve All Got Bellybuttons! by David Martin



I wiggle, wiggle, wiggle my fingers,

I wiggle, wiggle wiggle my toes

I wiggle, wiggle, wiggle my shoulders,

I wiggle wiggle, wiggle my nose

Now no more wiggles are left in me

So I will be as still as I can be.


ACTION SONG: “Put Your Finger on Your Belly”


Put your finger on your belly, on your belly,

Put your finger on your belly, on your belly

Put your finger on your belly, wiggle it ‘round

And ‘round like jelly, put your finger on your belly.

Put your finger in the air, in the air…

Wave it ‘round while you are there.

Put your finger on your nose, on your nose...

And run it right down to your toes.

Put your finger on your toe, on your toe...

And move it to and fro.

Put your finger on your ear, on your ear...

And see if it’s still here.


BOOK: Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin


FINGERPLAY: “This Little Piggie”

This little piggie went to market

And this little piggie stayed home

This little piggie had roast beef

And this little piggie had none

And this little piggie cried “Wee, Wee, Wee” all the way home.


ACTION SONG: “Let’s Tap” (Tune: “The more we get together”)

Let’s tap our feet together, together, together

Let’s tap our feet together because it’s fun to do

Additional verses: Clap our hands, Touch our nose, touch our ears


SONG: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

Row, row, row your boat, 

gently down the stream.

merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, 

life is but a dream.

(gently move baby forward and backward).

Rock, rock, rock your boat,

gently down the stream.

merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

life is but a dream.

(gently rock baby from side to side)


BOOK:  One Little Spoonful by Aliki


ACTION SONG: “Head and Shoulders”

Head and shoulders knees and toes

Knees and toes, knees and toes

Head and shoulders knees and toes,

Eyes, ears, mouth and nose.


LAP BOUNCE: “This is the Way the Ladies Ride”

This is the way the ladies ride,

nim, nim, nim (bounce on lap)

This is the way the gentlemen ride,

trim, trim, trim (bounce on lap)

This is the way the farmers ride,

t-rot, t-rot, t-rot (bounce on lap)

And this is the way the hunters ride,

gallop, gallop, gallop. (bounce on lap)


CLOSING: “The Babies and Kids Are On Their Way”

The babies and kids are on their way,

Goodbye, my babies, goodbye.

They’ll all be back another day,

Goodbye, my babies, goodbye.

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye my babies, goodbye,

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye my babies, goodbye.



Columbia County Library, Magnolia, Arkansas - Susan Walker

I try to kept baby story time pretty consistent with songs, finger plays, flannel board objects, etc.  After story time when moms are sharing experiences, the little ones stack blocks, pop bubbles, look at board books, etc.  One fun story time we discussed cars and after our story we lined up chairs to go on a pretend road trip.


Tippecanoe County Public Library, Lafayette, Indiana - Janet Frye


Here are two storytimes I have recently done (it was a little 

hard to choose).  For the past year, I have been including a sign song 

using the CD “Pick Me Up”. This past month I repeated a scarf song each week which was a lot of fun.  I haven't repeated anything like this 

before. I’ve included the Fingerplay sheet that I hand out to the parents.





OPENING – “Baby Hop” from Diaper Gym by Priscilla Hegner


BOUNCE – “Dr. Foster Went to Gloucester” from Baby Games DK


TICKLE – “It’s Raining, It’s Raining” from Wendy Watson’s Mother Goose


SONG – “It Is Raining” from Theme-A-Saurus


FINGERPLAY – “Rain is Falling Down” from Baby Games DK

              (Clap on word “Splash”)


FINGERPLAY – “One Misty Moisty Morning” from Wendy Watson’s Mother Goose

              (Clapping or tapping)


SONG – “Hello Mr. Sun”

(Sung to: "If you're Happy and You Know It")


Hello, Mr. Sun, how are you? (Clap, clap)

Hello, Mr. Sun, how are you? (Clap, clap)

We're so glad you're out today,

And we hope that you will stay.

We just love to see you shine, yes, we do!!! (Clap, clap)


FINGERPLAY – “This Little Wind” from Round and Round the Garden by John M. Feierabend & Luann Saunders  (Touch each finger)


FINGERPLAY – “The Playful Wind” 

The wind came out to play one day.

He swept the clouds out of his way.

(Make sweeping motion with hands.)

He blew the leaves and away they flew.

(Make fluttering motions with fingers.)

The trees bent low and their branches did too!

(Lift arms high and lower them.)

The wind blew the great big ships at sea.

(Repeat sweeping motion.)

The wind blew the kite away from me

(Infants – make a sweeping motion while holding child.)

(Walkers – make a sweeping motion with hands.)


SONG – “Blow, Wind, Blow” from Girls and Boys Come Out to Play by Barolk Folk

             (Use pinwheels – blow while music is playing.)


FINGERPLAY – “Little Hand” from Round and Round the Garden by John M. Feierabend & Luann Saunders  (Stroke child’s hand.)


SONG: “Come Read a Book Now” from Babysong by Hap Palmer


BOOK: Kippers Rainy Day by Mick Inkpen


LULLABY: “Lavender’s Blue” from “Mainly Mother Goose” by Lois and Bram Sharon


RHYME: “Touch Your Head” from Mother Goose Time by Jane Marino


CLOSING: “Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye” from Babyface; Activities for Infants and Toddlers by Georgiana Stewart




Theme: BUGS


OPENING SONG: “Babyhop” from Diaper Gym by Priscilla Hegner


BOUNCE: “1, 2, 3” from Round and Round the Garden by John M. Feierabend & Luann Saunders 


TICKLE: “Bumble Bee” from The Book of Wiggles and Tickles by John M. Feierabend 


SONG: “Bumble Bee” from Songs and Games For Babies by Susan Hodges and Priscilla Burris


RHYME: “Butterfly” from Games to Play With Toddlers by Jackie Silberg

(Flutter fingers over child, land on a different body part each time.)


RHYME: “Only My Opinion” from hummingbird.com. 

(Wiggle and tickle child)


SONG: “Flitter Flutter” The Second Line - Scarf Activity Songs by Johnette Downing 

(Use with scarves)


RHYME: “Bug in the Rug” from hummingbird.com.

(Cover child with scarf)


RHYME: “Crawly Bug” from hummingbird.com. 


SONG – “Thank You For All That You Do” from Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! by Peter and Ellen Allard

(Signs: thank you, love, mommy, daddy) 


RHYME – “Caterpillar” from Games Babies Play by Vicki Lansky


BOOK: Caterpillar Dance by Will Grace


LULLABY: “Lavender’s Blue” from Mainly Mother Goose by Lois and Bram Sharon


RHYME: “Touch Your Head” from Mother Goose Time by Jane Marino


CLOSING: “Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goodbye” from Babyface by Georgiana Stewart



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