Thursday, May 1, 2014

What to Read at Baby Storytime #5

This is going to be a post about books I've shared at my baby storytimes recently, but have you checked out Jbrary yet?! Dana and Lindsey, the ladies behind this wonderful storytime resource, share a wealth of songs, rhymes, and activities for storytime. If you're looking for songs & rhymes, don't miss the Jbrary YouTube channel!

Okay, books. Here are my favorites from my recent sessions of baby storytime:

One Little Spoonful by Aliki (HarperFestival, 2001). This book takes us through mealtime with baby, something your babies and grownups will be very familiar with. The text talks about different body parts, giving you a chance to make the story more interactive by encouraging your grownups to gently touch those parts on their child or themselves.

Look at the Baby by Kelly Johnson (Henry Holt & Co., 2002). Babies love to look at pictures of other babies and this is a book that fits the bill. Featuring a diverse collection of babies, this is another title that talks about different body parts, which is great for encouraging interaction between caregivers and their little ones.

Hula Lullaby by Erin Eitter Kono (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2005). This is a sweet, rhythmic bedtime story that will introduce your little storytimers to a few Hawaiian words. As I read this book, I encouraged my families to hold baby on their lap and swap gently side-to-side. This one's a little long for the under-2 crowd, so I didn't read the entire book.

Giddy-Up! Let's Ride! by Flora McDonnell (New Line Books, 2002). This is a fantastic book for playing around with sounds. Different people ride differently, each with a different hoof beat or sound. As I read this book, I encouraged families to bounce along with me. The large trim size may enable your caregivers to read along with you if you have a smaller group.

Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007). This is another great book for sharing language sounds with young children. The words have a great beat and introduce lots of sounds as you scat your way through the pages of this book. When I read this book, I am sure to let caregivers know that I've chosen it because of the great beat and sounds, which are wonderful to share with young children.

Max Loves Sunflowers by Ken Wilson-Max (Jump at the Sun, 1999). This very simple story follows a young boy (and a pig) planting a sunflower and watching it grow. A few little pop-up and interactive elements help hold the attention of young children, and it's a great story to share in springtime when families may be starting to plant their own flowers!

What are your favorites to share at baby storytime?

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