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Foot Stompin’ Story Time Music Favorites

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Music is a really important part of developing a good story time!

Often the whole mood of the story time is affected by the music–big and bouncy welcome music sets the expectation that we’ll be having fun! Instrumental music is great for a craft program if it helps us focus…etc.

We have our go-to favorites for interactive songs and if you have been to one of our story times you have most likely danced to Laurie Berkner or Jim Gill. We love them.

We have other favorites too. Here are our youth staffers favorite albums for kids…check ‘em out and bring the happy library vibe home with you!

Becky loves to put on some world music for craft programs…Putumayo World Music is a great series of kid friendly music from around the world that adults will enjoy bopping along to also!


Putumayo’s World Playground

Erin relies on the traditional songs and fun sing-alongs from Old Town School Recording’s Wiggleworms Love You in her popular lap baby and toddler times.

I really love Tumblebee by Laura Veirs. It has traditional folk songs, foot stomping choirs and lots of fun rhythm!

Robin’s suggestions are great for older kids and long car trips and for parents who enjoy sophisticated kids’ music by popular adult bands like They Might be Giants…

Here Comes Science

Here Come the ABCs

Lisa loves Reggae! Family Time by Ziggy Marley is a proven story time winner!

Try some of our favorites or explore the catalog to find new treasures! Here are some of our other go-to favorites:

 

Kids ROCK!

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Parents often ask us: Where in the world do you find the great rock-n-roll kids’ music that you use in your storytimes like Saturday Tales?

Well, we get it at the library!

We believe that parents and kids have more fun when music is involved in storytime and there is a lot of great music out there for kids. Here are  some of our favorite rock-&-rollin, not-your-granny’s albums for kids….

Kids can cook!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

With Spring Break quickly approaching, moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas all over Westerville will have houses full of hungry (and after five minutes home) bored kids. Why not have some fun in the kitchen with these new themed cookbooks!

Still hungry? Try these awesome kids cookbooks! Or these fun non-fiction readers about food!

STILL HUNGRY!? Check out one of our favorite kids’ artists, Laurie Berkner singing “Song in my Tummy” off of her album Under a Shady Tree.

Want more ideas? Check out our Cooking 101 for Kids guide!

Is it Spring Cleaning time yet?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Spring is getting closer everyday and with spring comes SPRING CLEANING! Share the fun with your child with these books about keeping it clean.

Arthur Helps Out by Marc Brown

Arthur has a lot of chores, but he wants to go out and play–will he be able to get his work done in time?

How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps by Jennifer Huget

A young girl provides humorous advice on how to tidy a bedroom-in 10 easy steps. The first step is the easiest–mess up the room!

Mrs McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks

Not many of us hang our wash on a line like Mrs. McNosh, but even fewer of us hang up everything around the house like Mrs. McNosh! Bats and newspapers and even the phone, Mrs. McNosh is on a spree. This silly rhyming book is a perennial favorite.

Check out more books about cleaning!

For silly cleaning fun, try dancing to the tune “I took a bath in a washing machine” by Jim Gill

Or sing this camp song with your child for even more silly clean fun!

Wishy Washy Washerwoman
Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman washin’ her clothes
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman washes her clothes

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman dryin’ her clothes
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman dries her clothes

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman foldin’ her clothes
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman folds her clothes

…pickin’ her nose…
…eatin’ oreos…
…paintin’ her toes…
…puttin’ on pantyhose…
…sayin’ goodbye…

Rockin’ and Rollin’

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Kids love music, and it’s good for them too! Just as you rock them to sleep and teach them to roll themselves over, you can teach them great literacy skills, such as phonological awareness, by singing and playing music.

The library has a large collection of children’s music to choose from, including the newly ordered titles below.

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With songs like Marshmallow Farm, The Secret Life of Six & Big Rock Candy Mountain, your kids will moving and grooving!

Road Trip!

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Okay, so maybe you and your kids are not part of the select (lucky) group that can read in the car without getting sick.  Never fear!  Travel time is not lost time when you use music to enhance your pre-reader’s early literacy skills.  Grab two chopsticks, pencils, crayons, or sticks and make your own rhythm sticks!  Sing these fun songs:

This Is the Way We Tap Our Sticks (to the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we tap our sticks,
Tap our sticks, tap our sticks.
This is the way we tap our sticks,
So early in the morning.

Everybody Count to Six (to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)
Everybody count to six,
One, two, three, four, five, six.
Tap to six upon your sticks,
One, two, three, four, five, six.
Additional verses (change only the third line):
Scrape to six upon your sticks…
Pound to six upon your sticks…
Hammer to six upon your sticks…

Or, check out some CDs and tap along!

Reserve it! Reserve it!

If your kids love music, join us every other Thursday for Get Musical.  Check out our Events Calendar to register for more information!