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

Good Morning Train

The good morning train is coming, 
How are you? Choo Choo
The good morning train is coming, 
How are you?  Choo Choo
The good morning train is coming
The good morning train is coming
The good morning train is coming 
How are you? Choo Choo
And we say hello to (child’s name)
How are you? Choo Choo
… Repeat with names
And we say hello to everybody ,
How are you? Choo Choo

Willoughby Walliby Wee

Willoughby walliby wee
An elephant sat on me
Willoughby walliby woo
An elephant sat on you
Willoughby walliby wamy
An elephant sat on Amy
Willoughby walliby warah
An elephant sat on Sarah
… Repeat with your names

These Are Baby’s Fingers

These are baby’s fingers 
These are baby’s toes
This is baby’s belly button
Round and round it goes
These are baby’s knees
And this is baby’s nose
This baby’s belly button
Right where Mommy blows!

Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum

Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum,
See your shaker, sing-a-long,
Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum,
Shake your shaker, play-a-long!
… Repeat with “ring your bells,” “tap your sticks,” “clap your hands,” etc.

Itsy-Bitsy Snowflake

(tune: Itsy Bitsy Spider)

The itsy-bitsy snowflake
Fell down from the sky.
It landed on my nose
And it bounced upon my eye.
It slid down to my chin
And it landed on my tongue.
Then it melted all away.
My snowflake song is done!

Tick Tock

Tick tock, tick tock,
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
Now I’m striking 12 o’clock! (Lift baby)
Tick tock, tick tock,
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
Now I’m striking 6 o’clock! (Lower baby)

Fuzzy Wuzzy Teddy Bear

Fuzzy Wuzzy teddy bear,
Fuzzy Wuzzy boo! (play peek-a-boo)
Fuzzy Wuzzy teddy bear,
Up goes you! (lift baby in air)
Fuzzy Wuzzy teddy bear,
Fuzzy Wuzzy boo! (play peek-a-boo)
Fuzzy Wuzzy teddy bear,
I love you. (cuddle baby)

Old Macdonald Had a Band

(tune: Old Macdonald Had A Farm)

Old Macdonald had a band, E I E I O
And in this band he had some shakers,
E I E I O, With a shake, shake, here,
and a shake, shake, there,
Here a shake, there a shake,
everywhere a shake, shake,
Old MacDonald had a band, E I E I O.
… Repeat with sticks (tap), scarves (wave), bells (ring)

Baby Put Your Pants On

Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3.
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3.
Leg to the left, leg to the right,
Wiggle and jiggle and pull ‘em up tight.
Leg to the left, leg to the right,
Wiggle and jiggle and pull ‘em up tight.
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3.

Tommy Thumbs Up

Tommy Thumbs Up
and Tommy Thumbs down, 
Tommy Thumbs dancing all around the town. 
Dance them on your shoulders 
Dance them on your head. 
Dance them on your knees 
Then tuck them into bed.
… Repeat with other body parts (ex. Peter Pinky or Right Foot) or toys

Storytime!

A Hippopotamus

A hip, a hip, a hippopotamus, 
Got on, got on, got on a city bus, 
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“You’re squishing us!” (hug baby) 

A sheep, a sheep, a sheep got on a bus, 
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“Baaaack up!”  (lean back with baby)

A cow, a cow, a cow got on a bus 
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“Mooooove over!” (lean over to side)

Head and Shoulders, Baby 1-2-3

Head and shoulders, baby, 1-2-3
Head and shoulders, baby, 1-2-3
Head and shoulders, head and shoulders
Head and shoulders, baby, 1-2-3

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin went to France,
To teach the ladies how to dance!
First we did the rumba (round & round)
The rumba, the rumba, the rumba
Then we did the kicks! (back & fourth)
The kicks! The kicks! The kicks!
Then we did the samba (up & down)
The samba, the samba, the samba!
Then we did the splits!
The splits, the splits, the splits.
And then we got a kiss!

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.