Baby Bookworms

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.

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

Amy Eastwood
Children’s Librarian
aeastwood@innisfilidealab.ca

Baby BookWorms

We Wave and Sing Hello

We wave and sing hello, 
We wave and sing hello, 
With our friends at storytime, 
We wave and sing hello!

My Thumbs Are Starting To Wiggle

My thumbs are starting to wiggle
My thumbs are starting to wiggle
My thumbs are starting to wiggle, 
Around and around and around
My hands are starting to wiggle,
My hands are starting to wiggle,
My hands are starting to wiggle
Around and around and around
… Arms, feets, head, etc.

One Little Bug Went Out One Day

One little bug went out to play,
On a spider’s web one day.
They had ever so much fun,
They called for another bug to come.
… repeat for 2 bugs
3 little bugs went out to play,
On a spider’s web one day.
They got stuck, all in a bunch.
Along came a spider in time for lunch!

The Clapping Mouse

Behind the tree * *
And under the house * *
There lived a teeny * *
Tiny mouse * *
She loved to sing * *
She loved to tap * *
But most of all * *
She loved to clap * *
She clapped all night * *
She clapped all day * *
She clapped to frighten * *
The cat away * * * * * * * * (meeeooowww)!

Egg Shakers Up

(tune: Tommy Thumb)

Egg shakers up,
And egg shakers down, 
Egg shakers dancing all around the town!
Shake them on your shoulder,
Shake them on your head!
Shake them on your knee,
And then tuck them into bed!
… repeat with different instruments

Bouncy Bouncy Baby

Bouncy bouncy baby 
Thribbidee-obidee-oopsee-day, 
Bouncy bouncy baby, 
this is the way we play. 
I’m smart, I’m smart, so smart, so smart, 
Because I knew just how to do it 
From the start. 
It’s spring, it’s spring, 
that counts, that counts, 
And when daddy gets home, 
I’ll show him how to 
Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce! 
Bouncy bouncy baby 
Thribbidee-obidee-oopsee-day, 
Bouncy bouncy baby, 
this is the way we play.

Round and Round the Garden

Round and round the garden,
Went the Teddy bear.
One step, two step
And tickle me under there.

Nursery Rhymes

Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye;
Four and twenty blackbirds baked into a pie
When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing
Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before a king?

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon

Little Green Frog

Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day.
Mmm ahh went the little green frog.
Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day. And they all went mmm, mmm, ahh.  But… We all know frogs go, 
Shanananana, shanananana,
Shanananana.
We all know frogs go, shanananana.  
They don’t go mmm, mmm, ahh.

Bloop, bloop went the little blue fish one day. Bloop, bloop went the little blue fish.
Bloop, bloop went the little blue fish one day. And they all went bloop, bloop, bloop. But… We all know fish go,
Kissy, kissy kiss, kissy, kissy kiss.
Kissy, kissy kiss.
We all know fish go kissy, kissy kiss.
They don’t go bloop, bloop, bloop.

Rainy Rhymes

Rain on the grass, rain on the tree,
Rain on the roof top but not on me!

Rain is falling down. Splash!
Rain is falling down. Splash!
Pitter patter, pitter patter
Rain is falling down. Splash!
Sun is peeking out. Peek!
Sun is peeking out. Peek!
Peeking here, peeking there,
Sun is peeking out. Peek!

5 Green And Speckled Frogs

Five green and speckled frogs,
Sat on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs, Yum, yum!
One jumped into the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were four green speckled frogs,
Glub, glub!
… count down from 5 to 1

Sleeping Bunnies

See the little bunnies sleeping
Oh, it’s nearly noon
Come and let us gently wake them
With a merry tune
Oh, so still! Are they ill?
Wake up, sleeping bunnies and…
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop hop!
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop!
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop hop!
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop!

Hello Bubbles

(tune: Frere Jacque)

Hello bubbles, hello bubbles, 
Come and land, come and land,
Right in the middle, 
Right in the middle, 
Of my hand, of my hand.

One Potato Two Potatoes

One Potato, Two Potato
One potato, two potato
Three potato, four
Storytime is over,
But come back next week for more!