Bedtime for Babies
Storytimes for babies and toddlers offer an opportunity to model great read-aloud techniques for parents and gives them the confidence to read to their children every day. A baby-toddler storytime can be followed by an extra 20 to 30 minutes of playtime, which encourages parents to talk to each other and for the young children to learn to play with others. It also demonstrates the importance of play to parents.
Welcome song: “Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed”
Mother Goose rhyme: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”
Get ready song: “Open, Shut Them”
First book: A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes. A celebration of elephants on their way to bedtime reinforce concepts of colors and counting.
Fingerplay: “Here Are Grandma’s Glasses”
Multilingual lullaby song: “Sleep Sleep Little One”
Second book: Dreamland by Noah Klocek. Amelie loves bedtime with her favorite blanket.
Fingerplay: “Five Little Monkeys”
Movement song: “Zoom Zoom Zoom”
Third book: Shhh! by Barroux. Animals prepare for bedtime.
Song: “Wake Up Feet”
Extra book if needed: A Hundred Kisses Before Bedtime by Mack Van Gageldonk. Little chick gives all the animals a goodnight kiss.
Board book for parents: Big Kid Bed by Leslie Patricelli. Part of the popular series; in this entry the baby moves up from a crib to a regular bed.
Closing song: “Hello and Goodbye”