As a new library school graduate I had never before done a storytime for babies and toddlers. At my current library we have a storytime for kiddos 0-2 years. Our staff rotates through storytimes based on our schedules, so I’ve only done a handful of baby/toddler storytimes since I started. I’ve gotten pretty comfortable with preschool, Spanish, and family storytimes, but for some reason baby/toddler storytime just wasn’t clicking for me. Until I read this post from Lindsay from Jbrary. Lindsay talks about switching from her standard large group babytime formula to a formula for a smaller group with more playtime and one-on-one interaction. It made me realize I needed to do the opposite. Our baby/toddler storytime usually draws a crowd of 75-100 people and I was doing too many things that would be better suited to smaller groups or preschool storytime. So with Lindsay’s original formula in mind, I sought out some awesome new bounces (mostly from Jbrary) and some tried and true hit songs for this crowd and finally felt like I hit my groove in baby/toddler storytime!
Here’s the highlights from this refreshed storytime:
- Hello, Hello
- Clap & Sing Hello
- Open & Shut Them
Book – Babies by David Bedford and Leonie Worthington
This book is actually cataloged as non-fiction. It has sweet simple text about animal babies and was perfect for storytime. We have a great zoo in our city, so the kids recognized a lot of animals you don’t typically see in picture books like meerkats!
Bounces & Songs (4-5)
- A Hippopotamus got on a City Bus – this was SO FUN!
- Little Red Wagon
- Wheels on the Bus
- Zoom, Zoom, Zoom – always a crowd pleaser!
Book – Sleepyheads by Sandra J. Howatt
Dancing Songs & Movement (4-5)
- Sleeping Bunnies – I found a fun Irish take on this tune by The Derry Hares. The kids had a lot of fun pretending to be bunnies sleeping and hopping!
- Shake Your Sillies Out by Raffi
- If You’re Happy and You Know It
- 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed – I flipped throw the pages of Eileen Christelow’s through this song.
Goodbye (Lullabies and Closing Songs)
- Twinkle Twinkle
- Tickle the Clouds
- Goodbye, Goodbye
Like I said, it went really well. A big thank you to Lindsay and Dana over at Jbrary for sharing all of your awesomeness 🙂