Ages 0-2.

Baby Bits - GO! Go!

Miss Rachel did "stories on wheels" this week for Baby PlayGroups and Preschool Stories. We began with Shoe Baby! If you want to Go-GO with more stories, try:
Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! by Mo Willems.
The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O'Connell
The Bridge Is Up! by Babs Bell
The Boy On The Bus a sing-along book by Penny Dale.
For more songs to sing find these CDs:
Baby Jamz with "Wheels On The Bus".
For The Kids Three with "See You On The Moon"

Baby Bits - Bang My Spoon!

A great way to entertain the baby is to SING! "Sitting In My Chair, Big Chair, High Chair .... Bang my spoon" sings Hap Palmer in Baby's Busy Day. It's adapted from "Mama's/Papa's Little Baby Loves Shortnin' Bread". More recordings, perfect to sing with Baby, would be Laurie Berkner in Under a Shady Tree; multiple artists in in 101 Toddler Favorites; and Raffi in Corner Grocery Store.

Baby Bits - Beach

Folks ask ... What do BABIES like to read? Pick books with pictures of things they see in their everyday life. They are learning to say words, recognize things they see, and can extend into new places that are related.

Since it is summer now, I choose "beach" and "sea" books to try:
All You Need For A Beach shows kids and activities at the beach.
Senses At The Seashore uses photos of kids and clearly suggests items for all the senses.
Ocean Babies depicts all kinds of sea life.

Baby Bits - Froggies

Ms. Rachel did FROGGIES in Baby PlayGroup this week. Try some books and some songs from the following list:
Jump Frog Jump by Robert Kalan.
Sing "Five Green And Speckled Frogs" in Five Little Monkeys by Dennis Buck.
Sing "Five Little Frogs" with Raffi in Singable Songs For The Very Young.
Find other program songs we sing in With You by Gemini, our Local Artists.

Baby Bits - Books and Play

BABY PLAY GROUPS will return to all Branches AGAIN, the week of June 22!
Books for Babies and Toddlers often include playing a game. Counting, finding, touching, and learning are all fun games. Here are a few examples in Board Book format.
Counting Cockatoos
I Spy Little Bunnies
My Very First Book Of Shapes
Pat The Bunny
Do them once. Do them again!
Now you are a part of the FUN game.
AGAIN!

Baby Barn Dance @ Pittsfield

For Preschoolers under the age of 5 .... SWING YOUR PARENTS at the Square Dance @ Pittsfield Branch Library on Saturday April 18, 11:00 - 11:45 am. Swing your partners at home with music from:
Passin' It On: Pickin' and Grinnin' and Singin' Tehm Old Time Tunes with David Grover.
21 #1 Hits: Teh Ultimate Collection of Buck Owens
Country Goes Raffi
Cotton Blossum: 19th Century Banjo hits

Mo Willems' Naked Mole Rat!

Naked Mole Rat Gets DressedNaked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

Mo Willems, famous for Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny Too, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, Pigeon Wants a Puppy, and other books for young readers has a new book, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. This is very exciting for me because naked mole rats are the cutest little ugly things ever! Willems' book is delightful, entertaining for both children and the adults reading to them. Maybe you didn't enjoy the Pigeon books, but what's not to love about a naked mole rat?

Music and Motion Fans!

Remember that Friday, February 6th is the next opportunity to see the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Gari Stein join up with tuba player Fritz Kaenzig for dancing and enjoying classical music with your young child at the Downtown Library at 9:30 and 10:30 am.

BABY Bits - Let Them DANCE !

PlayGroup Sessions end, BUT let those Babies DANCE at TRAVERWOOD on December 28, 4:00 - 4:30 pm. Push back the coffee table; clear out the lamps; and have a dance in the Living Room to practice with:
Heel, Toe, Away We Go
Stomp, Glide, Wobble
Motown Dances
Shakin' A Tailfeather

Dancing Babies!

Full from feasting this holiday season? Work it off with Betsy Beckerman, Sara Melton Keller and all the Dancing Babies at the Traverwood Branch on Sunday, December 28th at 4:00 pm for 30 minutes of circle dances, baby bouncing and lots of fun!

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