Book Babies: Up n’ Down
You only have to go as far as a book to visit the zoo with your baby or toddler! When you read a book with your child, make animals noises and sing nursery rhymes about the animals you find in your “zoo” book . You can find some of these books and rhymes below.
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Here We Are Together
Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!
Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!
S, T, R, W, P
(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!
Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play
Setting up achievable tasks for young children and clearly recognizing their successful completion helps to build children’s confidence in themselves and their abilities. Children who feel good about themselves and believe that they can accomplish things are more likely to tackle new tasks with a positive attitude. Research suggests that children who are self-confident and believe that they can successfully complete tasks do much better in school.
Using a flannel story of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” recite the rhyme with your child. When the spider gets “washed out”, pull the spider down so it falls off. When you’re finished with the rhyme, invite your child to manipulate the spider. As he does so, clap your hands, give him a hug, and congratulate him saying, “Good job, ______! You did it!”
Up, Up, Up, Down by Kimberly Gee
Illustrations and easy-to-read text follow a baby and father through a day filled with ups and downs, ons and offs, and plenty of fun.
The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani
In this expanded version of a popular song, the itsy-bitsy spider’s climbing is interrupted by a fan, a mouse, a cat, and some dew before she makes her way to the top of a tree to spin her web.
Baby Up, Baby Down by Molly Magnuson
Look at all the babies. Find the babies who are near and far, messy and clean, quiet and noisy. Learn all about opposites!
Where's Baby? by Anne Hunter
Papa Fox is looking for Baby Fox, who is just out of his sight … but not ours! An adorable, interactive read-aloud for fans of Are You My Mother.
Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays
Bounce: Dickery Dickery Dare
(to the tune of Hickory Dickory Dock)
Dickery dickery dare,
The pig flew up in the air, (woo!)
The man in brown, brought him back down,
Dickery dickery dare!
Bounce: The Grand Old Duke of York
Oh, The grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.
And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only half-way up,
They were neither up nor down
Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain,
and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.
Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.
Then up got Jack and said to Jill,
As in his arms he took her,
“Brush off that dirt for you’re not hurt,
Let’s fetch that pail of water.”
So Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch the pail of water,
And took it home to Mother dear,
Who thanked her son and daughter.
Yummy, Yucky by Leslie Patricelli
Odd One Out: Big and Small by Guido Van Genechten
Some of these animals are not like the others…. Who’s the odd one out? And who’s ready to go to a parry? Come along and find out!