Baby Story Time – July 10, 2015

What we did:

Hello Song: Hello, Friends!


  • Two little eyes
  • Head and shoulders
  • Roly poly
  • Wake up feet

Book 1: I Went Walking / Sue Williams



  • A bouncing we will go
  • A hippopotamus got on a city bus
  • Hostile baby rocking song
  • I wish I were a little bar of soap

Book Two: I Spy on the Farm / Edward Gibbs

i spy

Movement Songs:

  • Dancing with bears
  • London Bridge
  • Zoom zoom
  • Elevator song

Soothing songs:

  • I love you
  • Orca whale
  • Rain is falling down

Goodbye song: Goodbye friends!

Our baby time was crazier today than our family story time! We had a lot of babies who will soon be moving into family time, so they were very, very active, and loved our bounces and movement songs.

I also shortened both of the stories, because my wiggly audience just wasn’t having any of it, and it’s a great opportunity to talk to caregivers about adapting stories at home to suit how kids are feeling.

So great to be back into the swing of things!


Toddler time!

Speaking of surviving the on-call story time, I delivered a story time to an entirely new group yesterday, and survived! It was all about the toddlers yesterday morning. I hadn’t actually done a toddler time since my student librarian days, but fortunately I learned from some of the best in the business, so I didn’t feel too unprepared!

I followed a template that a children’s librarian shared with me back in the day, and made sure to follow my own advice and include plenty of golden oldies that hopefully everyone would know. Here’s (more or less) how it looked!

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends

Book 1: I Spy on the Farm/ Edward Gibbs

i spy

Body rhymes

  • I wake up my hands
  • Roly poly
  • Open shut them

Book 2: Monkey and Me / Emily Gravett


Action Songs

  • Bend and Stretch
  • Zoom Zoom (multiple times as per audience requests…)
  • If You’re Happy and You Know it
  • The elevator song

Goodbye Song: Goodbye, Friends

It was a great group, about 36 people in total, so definitely nowhere near as big a group as I’m used to. I hope they had as much fun making animal noises as I did!