Here at the Children's Library we know storytime wouldn't be the same without music!
Why is music an important part of storytime? Singing, one of the Every Child Ready to Read early literacy practices, helps kids learn new words and letter sounds as they are stretched out to fit the rhythm of the song. Music without words is also beneficial because it helps children learn about rhythm and patterns. Finally, music is fun! The more kids associate having fun with reading, the more they'll want to read.
Some of the many ways we use music at storytime include:
- Singing nursery rhymes and songs
- Doing the Silly Dance Contest
- Listening to jazz during Book Babies play time
- Painting to music
Adding music into your daily life is a fun and easy way to develop your child's early literacy skills.
Here are a few of our favorite storytime CDs:
- Can You Canoe? by The Okee Dokee Brothers (Practice your train noises with "Memphis Town" or dance up a storm with "The Boatman Dance")
- It's a Bam Bam Diddly! by Father Goose
- Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes by Jim Gill (You can never go wrong getting crazy with the "Silly Dance Contest")
- Kids in Motion by Greg and Steve ("The Freeze" and "Tummy Tango" are great interactive songs)
- Peace, Love, Ukulele by Jake Shimabukuro (This Book Babies playtime favorite features fun instrumental uke music)
- The Peanuts Portraits: The Classic Character Themes by Vince Guaraldi (Because dancing like Charlie Brown and Snoopy always makes your day brighter!)
- Philadelphia Chickens (It's a book! It's a CD! It's a book with a CD!)
- So Big Activity Songs for Little Ones by Hap Palmer ("Teddy Bear Playtime" is a big hit at our Tales for Twos storytime)
- The Very Best of Dave Brubeck (Great instrumental jazz music for play time)
- The Wiggles - Taking Off by the Wiggles (Serenade your favorite stuffed animal with "Rock-a-Bye Your Bear")