Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to Baby Bookworms, we’re delighted you’re here! Did you know that singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking are the 5 pillars of early literacy? By using these rhymes and songs anytime in your day, you can build these skills in your child!

Singing

Singing develops listening and memory skills and makes repetition easier for young children — it’s easier to remember a short song than a story.

Playing

Pretend play helps children think symbolically and develop oral language skills. As children play store or pretend to be an animal they talk about what they are doing, putting thoughts into words.

Reading

Being able to tell or retell a story helps your child understand what they read. Read a book that you have read before but let your child tell it or ask your child to share something that happened today.

Writing

Encourage drawing and scribbling – your child can draw a picture of what happened in the story, but they can also “write” the words to the story on a piece of paper by scribbling.

Talking

Talk to your child about what’s going on around you. When your child babbles or talks, listen carefully and answer back. Ask your child lots of questions, even if they cannot respond they learn that questions invite their response.

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If you have any questions about the program, please let us know!

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Amy Eastwood
Children’s Librarian
aeastwood@innisfilidealab.ca

Baby BookWorms

Welcome, Welcome

Welcome, welcome, everyone!
Now we’re here let’s have some fun.
First we clap our hands like so,
Then we bend and touch our toes.
Welcome, welcome, everyone!
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!

Cartoon Monkey

Wake Up Toes

Wake up toes, wake up toes
Wake up toes and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wake up toes, wake up toes
Wake up and wiggle in the morning
… wake up feet, legs, tummy, arms, hands, me!

Everybody Knows That I Love My Toes

Everybody knows that I love my toes
Everybody knows that I love my toes
I love my eyes, my ears, my mouth, and my nose
But everybody knows that I love my toes.

The Elevator Song

Oh the city is great and the city is grand, 
There’s a whole lot of people on a little piece of land,
And we live way up on the 57th floor,
And this is what we do  when we go out the door.
We take the elevator up,
We take the elevator down,
We take the elevator up 
We take the elevator down
We take the elevator up 
We take the elevator down
And we turn around!

I 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!

Cartoon Penguin

Boots, Jacket, Scarf & Hat

(tune: Head and Shoulders)

Boots, jacket, scarf and hat,
Scarf and hat, scarf and hat,
Boots, jacket, scarf and hat,
In wintertime, we dress like that.

Frère Jacques

Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques
Dormez vous? Dormez vous?
Sonnez les matines, sonnez les matines
Ding ding dong, ding ding dong 

Lets All Tap Our Sticks Today

Let’s all tap our sticks today,
Sticks today, sticks today.
Let’s all tap our sticks today,
Let’s tap them on our… hand!
… Repeat with leg, arm, foot, etc.

This New Friend

(tune: This Old Man)

This new friend, they played one
They played knick-knack on my thumb
With a knick-knack paddy-whack
Give a dog a bone
This new friend came rolling home
… Repeat counting up to 5

The Grand Old Duke Of York

Oh, the grand old Duke of York
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again
And when they were up, they were up
And when they were down, they were down
And when they were only half-way up
They were neither up nor down

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Snow Is Falling

(tune: Frère Jacques)

Snow is falling, snow is falling
All around, all around
Dancing, twirling, falling
Dancing, twirling, falling
All around, on the ground.

Cookies In The Tin

Cookies in the tin, cookies in the tin
Shake them up, shake them up, 
Cookies in the tin!
… Jelly in the bowl, Wibble wobble!
… Sausage in the pan, Sizzle, sizzle!
… Candles on a cake, Blow them out!

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way,
Oh what fun it is to ring our jingle bells all day! Hey!  
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Ring them fast, then ring them slow, ring them everyway!

Up In The Sky

Up, up, up, in the sky like this, 
Down, down, down, for a great big kiss! 
Up like this, Down for a kiss, 
You’re my special baby! (cuddle baby)

We Wave Our Scarves Together

We wave our scarves together, 
We wave our scarves together, 
We wave our scarves together, 
Because it’s fun to do!
… Repeat with ring bells, shake eggs, tap sticks

Cartoon Tiger