Story: Baby’s Got the Blues by Carol Diggory Shields. I saw this when it first arrived at the library and was dying to use it for storytime, but couldn’t quite figure out how to sing it. A colleague found a You Tube video of the author singing the book, which was quite helpful. I tried to get the kids and parents to do the “nah-NAH-nah-nah-nah” guitar riff with me before the lines. It didn’t quite work out because it wasn’t used consistently before each line. The kids were attentive and the parents (especially those with baby siblings along) were laughing out loud, so I’d do it again.
Song: “Mama Duck” by Peter & Ellen Allard (on Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 3) – sang without the CD using the flannel pieces for “5 Little Ducks”
Story: Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems. This was also a big hit with the parents, many of whom hadn’t seen it before. The kids’ attention kicked into high gear when Trixie began speaking her baby babble. This was a more linear narrative than I usually read, but the sentences are short and the images are expressive, so it worked really well. It was a good reminder that it’s ok to have less interactive stories as long as they’re really good.
Song: “Five Days Old” on Rocketship Run by Laurie Berkner. This is a great song. I wish the first two verses didn’t start with “I’m sitting here” – one would really be enough. There wasn’t much for the kids to do until verse 3, which starts “I’m clapping my hands”. It’s probably also my fault for having them stand up before we started – if we’d started off sitting, maybe they wouldn’t have felt like they should be doing something.
Story: Upside Down Babies by Jeanne Willis. The earth tips upside down and when it rights itself, the babies are all with the wrong moms. Hilarity ensues. This was a bit long and narrative, with little opportunity for interaction, but the kids liked the incongruity of the animals being in the wrong places. (A polar bear in the desert? A lion cub with a cow for a mom? Mad chaos!) The ending is what makes the book, and most of the kids got it – and the parents loved it!
Story: What Shall We Do with the Boo-Hoo Baby? by Cressida Cowell. We had some time left, and I’m glad I saved this more interactive story for the end, when the kids could have started getting squirrelly. The plot line here is a little bit thin – the animals need to take care of a crying baby (where are the parents?) Each has an idea, so they try playing, feeding, bathing, and, finally, putting the baby to bed. But, really, who needs a plot when you get to make loud baby “boo-hoo-hoo” noises, plus the noises for the dog, cat, duck, and cow? It was a nice ending.
Ending Song: “See You Later”
Craft: Draw a picture of yourself as a baby in a cute frame. This picture, of a baby in pajamas being cared for by her mom, is actually hanging on my bulletin board, so that’s a real pushpin in the photo, although I think there is a drawing of one underneath it too.