DIY– Baby Storytime

In my opinion, themes are not appropriate for ages 18 months and under.  The most important thing is that the books and rhymes are developmentally appropriate.  If you use a theme, you expend too much energy trying to find books that fit into the theme.  I have a list of my go-to books that I rotate. Luckily, Memphis Public received a grant from International Paper that has allowed me to have my own small collection of books to read for our Babies & Books storytime. Repeating rhymes and books is a good thing because it helps the babies feel secure because they know what is happening next.

Below is an extensive list of books many with pictures that are good for babies and good to share in storytime.  I do not recommend giving this list to parents, since it is all inclusive; give them a modified one with about ten books.

Books for Baby- With pictures

Next we need some age appropriate bounces, songs and rhymes in addition to the four that we repeat each storytime.  Based on Mother Goose on the Loose, I have added one Mother Goose rhyme to each session.  I pick the easier Mother Goose rhymes and ones that aren’t as morbid (Three Blind Mice is scary!).  Again, I rotate these often, so it can get a little boring for the adults (but hey, it isn’t for us!).  I LOVE when the regular babies are able to sing the song with me.

Rhymes for Baby

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Again, I place each of these rhymes individually in PowerPoint and place in a sheet protector so I can mix and match them in my 3-ring binder.  A “bounce” is the key to baby storytime.  Always have a least one bounce per storytime.  Usually, the caregiver bounces the child on their knee preferably looking at the mother (caregiver) creating a bond, however, in my experience all my moms have the baby look at me.  I suggest to them sometimes to hold their baby towards them, but for some reason it seems more natural for them to all face me.  I go with whatever they choose.  Action rhymes like Did you Ever See a Lassie lends the baby and caregiver to sway with the song.  Kissy Kissy Baby type rhymes has the caregiver performing the actions in the rhyme and Shoe the Old Horse has the caregiver stomping baby’s sock feet to the “bare, bare, bare” lyric.

Below is the PowerPoint’s for all these rhymes individually, the rhymes that have both elements of Traditional rhyme and bounce are in the middle:

Bounces or Action Rhymes       Both               Mother Goose or Traditional Rhymes
                                                                               Baa Baa Black Sheep
Bounce Me
                                          Diddle Diddle Dumpling
                                                                                Hickory Dickory
                                                                               Jack and Jill
                                                                               Jack be nimble
Kissy Kissy Baby
                                                                                 Muffin Man
                                      Noble duke of york
old macdonald
Patty cake
                                                                              Sing a song of sixpense
                                  Shoe the old horse
                                  Trot Trot to Boston
                                                                              Two little bluebirds


Baby Storytime

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Before storytime room setup:

I put down receiving blankets or carpet squares.  On top I lay out puppets, egg shakers, maracas, home-made rhythm scarves, and a developmental toy or two.  My display notebook (for the parents/caregivers) with the songs I will share is at the front, open to the first page and the books I read are on the floor beside it.  I also have a sack with my paperwork where I will sit.  In it I have pens, the participant list, and developmental literature handouts. For more information go to my Baby Storytime How-To page.

A sample storytime is below:

Parent Handout: Baby_Repeating Songs and Rhymes

Opening Song and Rhymes:  Hello Song   
                                                Open, shut them


 Jack and Jill


Noble duke of york


old macdonald


Closing Songs: More we get together
                           Goodbye song

Social Time  (for about 15 minutes)

Books for Babies

Books for Baby- With pictures


Author                                    Title                                                  

Adler, Victoria All of Baby Noes to Toes
Aliki Welcome, Little Baby
Anastas, Margaret Mommy’s Best Kisses
Bajaj, Varsha How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?
Baker, Keith Big Fat Hen
Bang, Molly Ten, Nine, Eight
Begin Smart Books Bouncy Baby
Begin Smart Books Hooray For Hands!
Blackstone, Stella Cleo’s Color Book  
Bornstein, Ruth Little Gorilla  
Bowie, C.W. Busy Fingers  
Boynton, Sandra Moo, Baa, La, La, La  
Boynton, Sandra But Not the Hippopotamus  
Boyton, Sandra The Going to Bed Book   
Brown, Marc Tolon Finger Rhymes  
Brown, Margaret Wise Goodnight Moon  
Brown, Margaret Wise Runaway Bunny  
Buck, Nola Hey! Little Baby
Buck, Nola How a Baby Grows
Butler, John Whose Baby Am I?
Cabrera, Jane Kitty’s Cuddles
Cabrera, Jane Wheels on the Bus
Church, Caroline Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Cimarusti, Marie Thomas Peek-a-moo
Collins, Heather This Little Piggy  
Cousins, Lucy Maisy’s Rainbow Dream  
Cowley, Joy Mrs. Wishy Washy
Crews, Donald Ten Black Dots  
Crews, Donald Freight Train  
Davis, Jerry Little Chicken’s Big Day
DK Publishing Baby Says Peekaboo  
Fickes Shapiro, Jody Family Lullaby  
Fleming, Candace This is the Baby  
Fleming, Denise Barnyard Banter  
Fleming, Denise Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy
Fox, Mem Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Fox, Mem Time for Bed
Franco, Betsy Silly Sally
Fuge, Charles I Know A Rhino
Garcia, Emma Tip, Tip, Dig, Dig
Gentieu, Penny Baby! Talk!
Ginsburg, Mirra Across the Stream
Hale, Sara Josepha Mary Had a Little Lamb  
Halpern,  Shari Little Robin Redbreast: A Mother Goose
Hayes, Anna Jane So Big!  (Sesame Street Beginnings)
Henderson, Kathy Bounce, Bounce, Bounce  
Henderson, Kathy Bumpety Bump  
Henderson, Kathy Babies Book of Babies  
Henderson, Kathy Look at You! A Baby Body Book  
Hill, Eric Where’s Spot?  
Hoban, Tana White on Black  
Hopgood, Tom WOW! Said the Owl
Hubbell, Patricia Pots and Pans
Isadora, Rachel I Hear, I See, I Touch  
Isadora, Rachel Uh-oh!
Jonas, Ann When You Were a Baby  
Jones, Ann Two Bear Cubs  
Kalan, Robert Jump Frog Jump  
Katz, Karen Now I’m Big!  
Katz, Karen Where is Baby’s Belly Button?  
Kemp, Moira This Little Piggy
Kopper, Lisa Daisy Knows Best  
Krosoczka, Jarrett Bubble Bath Pirates
Kubler, Annie Humpty Dumpty
Kubler, Annie Ten Little Fingers
LaRochelle, David It’s a Tiger
Lasordo, Stephen Cow Moo Me
Martin, Bill Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?  
Martin, David We’ve all got bellybuttons!
Marzollo, Jean Mama Mama  
Marzollo, Jean Papa Papa  
McDonnell, Flora I love Animals
McGee, Marni Wake Up, Me!
Miller, Margaret Whose Hat?
Murphy, Mary Like It When
Murphy, Mary I Kissed the Baby!
Newcome, Zita Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
O’Book, Irene Maybe My Baby
O’Connell, Rebecca Baby Goes Beep
O’Connell, Rebecca Baby Parade
Opie, Iona Here Comes Mother Goose
Oxenbury, Helen Family
Oxenbury, Helen All Fall Down
Oxenbury, Helen Tickle, Tickle
Pinkney, Andrea Watch Me Dance
Ra, Carol Trot, Trot to Boston  (Best for Parents)
Root, Phyllis Flip, Flap, Fly
Saport, Linda All the Pretty Little Horses
Suen, Anastasia Red Light, Green Light
Shaw, Nancy Sheep in a Jeep
Simmons, Jane Come Along Daisy
Smee, Nicola Clip-Clop
Stein, David Erza Pouch
Steptoe, John Baby Says
Sturges, Philemon I Love Trains
Sturges, Philemon How do you make a baby smile?  
Sturges, Philemon I Love Planes
Taback, Simms Taback’s Big Book of Words
Tafuri, Nancy All Kinds of Kisses
Tafuri, Nancy Busy, Little Squirrel
Taylor, Ann Baby Dance
Thomas, Joyce Carol You Are My Perfect Baby
Uff, Caroline Lulu’s Busy Day
Walton, Rick What Do We Do With the Baby?
Wardlaw, Lee First Steps
Warnes, Tim Mommy Mine
Weiss, Nicki Where does the Brown Bear Go?
Wells, Rosemary The Bear Went Over the Mountain
Wheeler, Lisa Jazz Baby
Williams, Sue I Went Walking
Williams, Vera B. More, More, More Said the baby!
Wilson, Karma Baby Cakes
Wilson, Karma Baby, I love You
Wilson, Karma The Cow Loves Cookies
Wolff, Ashley Me Baby, You  Baby
Young, Ruth Golden Bear