Monday, August 28, 2017

Books To Sing

Singing is one of the 5 early literacy practices, along with reading, talking, writing, and playing. These early literacy practices help to build the skills children need to be ready to learn how to read. There are many reasons that singing to young children is important. Children learn new sounds and new vocabulary through songs. Singing can be soothing and attention grabbing. So, reading stories that can be sung is a great way to get your little one interested in books!

Jane Cabrera is a storytime favorite! She has many great books based on classic songs like Ten in the Bed and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star that are great sharing in a group or one on one.

We end Movers & Makers every Friday dancing to We Are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner. A book based on this song just came out a few months ago. The artwork is bright and you'll enjoy singing (and marching!) along as you read.

Pete the Cat by James Dean and Eric Litwin is another fun story to sing along. You can even download the songs from the books online!

10 Little Puppies / Diez Perritos by Ala Flor Ada is a bilingual book adapted from a traditional Spanish nursery rhyme. The text is accompanied by adorable puppies illustrated by Isabel Campoy.

5 Little Ducks by Denise Fleming is a fun read aloud. There are many variations of the "5 little somethings" rhymes and songs that help children learn about numbers and counting. This rendition of 5 little ducks is one of my favorite because of it's lovely illustrations and the inclusion of both Mama & Papa Duck.

Hush Little Digger by Ellen Olson-Brown is a fun take on the classic lullaby "Hush Little Baby". In this book a dad lulls his son to sleep through verses about different construction vehicles. It's adorable.

Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin Jr. is based on the classic playground clapping song "Down Down Baby". The rhythm is undeniable and kids will love chanting and dancing along.

You can read more about the 5 early literacy practices including singing on this great website from Colorado Libraries for Early Litercy

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