Sun 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: “Sally Go Round the Sun”
Get ready song: “Open, Shut Them”
First book: Where Does the Sun Go at Night? by Mirra Ginsburg. Animals watch the setting sun and wonder where it goes.
Fingerplay: “Here Are Grandma’s Glasses”
Stretching song: “Good Morning, Good Morning”
Second book: What the Sun Sees; What the Moon Sees by Nancy Tafuri. In this simple two-sided book, the sun shows what it sees, then the moon does the same once you flip over the book.
Fingerplay: “Mr. Sun”
Movement song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”
Third book: How the Sun Got to Coco’s House by Bob Graham. The sun appears at Coco’s house to wake her up and follow her through the day.
Song: “You Are My Sunshine”
Extra book if needed: Where Does the Sun Go? by Gary Craig. The journey of the sun as it goes across the sky and over earth.
Board book for parents: I’m Sunny! by Jennifer Holm. In this simple introduction to emotions, the sun explains its positive outlook.
Closing song: “The More We Get Together”