(original email sent to listserv August 8, 2012)
I want to develop a small collection of storytime books to use with children ages 1 and a half to 4. I’d like the books to be books that I can sing to, such as Raffi’s Down by the Bay. Does anybody have any favorites?
I hope the summer is going well for everyone!
Mary Ann Hoberman had a whole lot of picture books on nusery rhymes/songs and her pictures are often very inviting and whimsical. Check them out!
There are a lot of fun variations to “There Was An Old Who Swallowed a Fly” that are always fun to sing at storytime.
Also, I love The Seals on the Bus by Hort.
Also nice is Tweedle Dee Dee by Voake (It’s basically the song – the green grass grows all around all around, and the green grass grows all around)
She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain version by Jonathan Emmett is fun.
On Top of Spaghetti by Paul Brett Johnson is always a hit.
Down by the Station by Will Hillenbrand is popular at our story times.
The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Iza Trapani is a came out recently.
Mary Had a Little Lamb is always fun, both the Hoberman and Hale versions are excellent.
Do Your Ears Hang Low? by Church
Miss Mary Mack by Hoberman
Going to the Zoo by Paxton
Nadine Bernard Westcott’s Skip to my Lou, Lady with the Alligator Purse and others.
Mary Wore Her Red Dress by Peek: a big favorite. Then we sing about what everyone’s wearing! “Connor wore his striped sweater…”
We always sing happy birthday after reading Little Gorilla by Bornstein or Happy Birthday, Sam by Hutchins.
Annie Kubler has published a nice set of 10 X 10 boardbooks, such as Twinkle, Twinkle, Itsy Bitsy Spider, I’m a Little Teapot, etc.
Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats or anyone else is one of my favorites.
Some others I’ve used are
The Little White Duck by Walt Whippo and
The Eensy Weensy Spider by Mary Ann Hoberman
If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Ed Emberley
LIZARD’S SONG by George Shannon, illustrated by the (sigh) late Jose Aruego.
I also love Peter Spier’s THE FOX WENT OUT ON A CHILLY NIGHT and I second the appreciation of Nadine Westcott’s books.