JULY Book Babies + Toddler Time: Adventures in the Dark

by | Jul 3, 2024 | Blog, Book Babies, Kid's Corner, Toddler Time | 0 comments

At the end of the day, it’s a great time to establish a routine to help your child prepare for bed. Some of the activities in your routine could include reading a book, taking a bath, singing a song, picking up toys, or perhaps doing a knee bounce. When you follow the same routine, your child knows what to expect and, perhaps, they will be more inclined to lay their head down when the stars begin to shine and the moon beckons them to sleep.

Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:30am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:30am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

Welcome Songs

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

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


“Child-adult relationships that are responsive and attentive—with lots of back and forth interactions—build a strong foundation in a child’s brain for all future learning and development. This is called “serve and return,” and it takes two to play!” – https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/5-steps-for-brain-building-serve-and-return/


Try to observe a “serve” from your child. Did she point at something or make a sound or facial expression? Then “return” the “serve” with an acknowledgement, hug, smile, etc. Try this a couple of times a day. When you return a “serve”, your child knows that their thoughts and feelings are understood.

Books Presented

Book cover for Hen in the Bed by Katrina Charman

Hen in the Bed by Katrina Charman

Count the funny animal friends as they noisily roll, flop, and tumble out of bed, one by one, in this clever split-page picture book.
Book cover for Rock-a-bye Baby by Jane Cabrera

Rock-a-bye Baby by Jane Cabrera

Different animals soothe their babies to sleep in this new version of the familiar folk song

Book cover for Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? by Barney Saltzberg

Cornelius P. Mud, Are you Ready for Bed? by Barney Saltzberg

Cornelius the pig has his own style when preparing for bed, but he does not really feel ready until he gets a hug.

Book cover for Do Mommies Ever Sleep? by Kim Howard

Do Mommies Ever Sleep? by Kim Howard

A baby imagines all the reasons why mommies never seem to sleep, failing to understand that it is often because babies need so much attention

Book cover for Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.
Book cover for Big Kid Bed by Leslie Patricelli

Big Kid Bed by Leslie Patricelli

When it is time for bed, a baby marvels at his new big kid bed.
Book cover for When Stars Arise by E.G. Alaraj

When Stars Arise by Evangelene Alaraj

A dusky rural landscape and comforting bedtime routine draw a child closer to sleep in this illustrated lullaby board book.

Book cover for Good Night, Baby

Good Night, Baby

Babies from all over the world get ready for bed, and say “good night” in fifteen of the world’s most spoken languages.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

There Were Five in the Bed

There were five in the bed (Hold up five fingers)
And the little one said, “Roll over, roll over!” (Make rolling motion)
So they are rolled over and one fell out. (Hold up one finger & surprised face)
*Countdown until one.

There was one in the bed (Hold up one finger)
And the little one said, “Goodnight!” (Sign language- goodnight)

Source: Storytime Katie

Giddyap Giddyap

Giddyap, giddyap ride to town
Giddyap, giddyap up and down
Giddyap fast, giddyap slow
Giddyap, giddyap WHOA! (lean baby back)

Source: Verona Storytime

Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Elephants at the Zoo

(tune of Farmer in the Dell)
The elephants at the zoo, the elephants at the zoo,
They stomp and stomp and stomp and stomp, the elephants at the zoo

The lions at the zoo…roar

The monkeys at the zoo…jump

The animals at the zoo, the animals at the zoo, they close their eyes and sleep at night. The animals at the zoo.

Source: Adapted from Read Sing Play

Lift One Foot and Then the Other

Lift one foot and then the other,
Lift one foot and then the other
Lift one foot and then the other
Lift them both together.
(Verses: Lift one leg, clap your hands and keep on clapping)

Source: Jbrary

Here is a Baby

Here is a baby ready for a nap
Hold up index finger
Lay her down in her mother’s lap
Place index finger in palm of other hand
Cover her up so she won’t peek
Curl fingers of other hand around index finger
Rock her till she’s fast asleep.
Swing hands gently together.

Source: Mel’s Desk

Baby Sign Language

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