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Fingerplays in Storytime




How Singing Improves Literacy


Use Props for Singing

Most of us do not have the best singing voices.  Yet, we still sing with kids at storytime!  Childhood 101 has a great article about how to use props to help when singing with children.  So, just ignore the fact that you can't carry a tune and SING ON with a little help from some props.

Friday Funday! Pete The Cat Rockin' Out!

Post by Lisa C.

Pete the Cat's new book Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes, by Eric Littwin and illustrated by James Dean, comes out next week! Are you excited?  To get you in the mood, here's a cute stop-motion video of Pete rockin' out:


Sing a Storytime

CLEL'S new site,, has videos of several songs that would be wonderful shared between parent and child, or in a library storytime.  Young children LOVE to sing, so why not include several songs in your storytime? Singing is a perfect way to reinforce phonological awareness and introduce new vocabulary.

Music in storytimes builds phonological awareness

Adding a song or two to your storytime is a great way to encourage phonological awareness -- the ability to hear the smaller sounds that make up a word.  One of the cds I LOVE is Songs for Wiggleworms, which sadly isn't available anymore except in downloadable form.  Many libraries still have it though!  It has great participatory songs like "Walking Walking" and "Wheels on the B

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