Mothers 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: “Old Mother Hubbard”
Get ready song: “Open, Shut Them”
First book: Mama’s Kisses by Kate McMullan. Jungle animal mothers look for their children to put them to bed in this rhyming story.
Fingerplay: “Here Are Grandma’s Glasses”
Second book: Where Oh Where Is Baby Bear? by Ashley Wolff. Bear and baby go out for food and mama bear must repeatedly call for baby who wanders off.
Movement song: “Momma Don’t Allow”
Third book: Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. Mama rabbit reassures her bunny that he will always be loved.
Song: “Five Little Ducks”
Extra book if needed: Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anne Dewdney. Little llama throws a tantrum at the grocery store.
Board book for parents: Everything Is Mama by Jimmy Fallon. Mama tries to teach baby new words, but baby just repeats “mama!”
Closing song: “Hello and Goodbye”