music! for kids!

Hey, check out my guest post over at Little Big. It’s all about kid music that doesn’t suck, and  I think it is one of my better blogs posts. It was a joy to do a favor for one of my favorite twitter folk, too.

In other news, look forward to some posts about my coworker Miss Stephanie’s adventures at BEA, and a post about advocating for teen spaces.

Book Review: I Spy with My Little Eye

I’m certain that I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibb will become a storytime staple. It follows the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear formula of guessing what animal comes next, with color being the major clue, with the added treat of peering through a hole die-cut in the pages. Each page also provides a word bubble clue (“I have a very long trunk”) to give kids an extra clue about the next animal.

The pages are printed on a heavier paper, which will certainly help the longevity of the holes in the center of each page. The illustrations are digital but have the appearance of ink and watercolor. This book is also a nice size, which I appreciate. Large enough to show off the pictures during storytime, but not hugely awkward to hold.

This is a book you should definitely add to your collection and your storytime rotation.

Reviews referred to:

Time Out New York Kids 

Kiss the Book

Baby Rhymes!

These are some of the new (to me) rhymes that I will be using during this spring’s baby storytimes. I adapted most of these from  Baby Goose by Kate McMullan, adding the actions in parentheses.

Dance to your daddy
(have baby dance)
Dance to your daddy, my little baby;
Dance to your daddy, my little lamb;
You shall have a fishy in a little dishy
You shall have a fishy when the boat comes in.
(repeat using “mommy.”)

Oh, Baby Went a Walking
Oh, baby went a walking and walked into a store (move baby’s legs)
He bought a pound of sausages and laid them on the floor
Baby started singing la la la! a lively tune
And all the little sausages danced around the room. (swing baby gently to dance)

Hark, Hark the Dogs do Bark
Hark, hark, the dogs do bark (bounce baby in time to the rhyme)
The babies are coming to town
Some with flags and some with bags
And one in a velvet gown.

Cock a doodle doo!
Cock a doodle doo!
Baby’s lost his shoe! (tap baby’s feet)
Baby has looked everywhere
And knows not what to do!
Cock a doodle doo! Baby’s found his shoe! (tap baby’s feet)
Baby’s put it on again
Sing doodle doodle do! 

Donkey donkey soft and gray
Donkey donkey soft and gray
open your mouth and gently bray (tap baby’s mouth)
lift your ears (tap baby’s ears) and blow your horn (tap baby’s nose)
to wake (lift baby up) the babies this sleepy morn

Big Mama Stood
Big Mama Stood
At the tub, tub, tub (bounce)
Three dirty babies
She did scrub, scrub, scrub (tickle baby)
But when they were clean (tap cheeks)
and fit to be seen (tap near eyes)
They all dressed up
and danced on the green. (lift baby)

Dickery, dickery dare
Dickery, dickery dare (bounce baby)
the pig flew up in the air (lift baby)
Run, baby brown!
Quick—bring him down! (lower baby)
Dickery, dickery dare! (bounce baby) 

The Elephant
The elephant goes like this and that (swing baby back and forth)
He’s terribly big and he’s terribly fat. (hug baby)
He has no fingers, he has no toes, (touch baby’s fingers and toes)
but goodness gracious, what a nose! (tap baby’s nose)