Favorite Songs & Rhymes for Baby Storytime

In four years of presenting my baby storytimes, I have used at least 100 different songs, rhymes, and bounces. (Yes, I counted once.) Here are my greatest hits! These are the ones that I use over and over again (a couple of them every week), because they seem to work so well for the babies.

Why do these work? Many of them are old standards, so even families who are new to my storytime can join in right away. And because I like them, I repeat them, so even if they aren’t familiar at first, my families learn them quickly.

But another reason they are successful is that these are the songs *I* love to sing and the bounces and rhymes that make *me* laugh. By all means start here if you’re looking for ideas, just remember YOUR top twenty list will look different than mine!

Mel’s Top Twenty Songs, Rhymes, and Bounces for Baby Storytime


I’ve included links to storytime posts on this blog where the words are written out. If there’s no link, you will be able to find the words easily on the web.

Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes
The Wheels on the Bus
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Where Is Thumbkin?
Roll Roll Sugar Babies
Over In the Meadow
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Down Around the Corner
Bumping Up and Down In My Little Red Wagon


I like these rhymes for the babies (12-24 months) because they don’t require TOO much super fine motor control. If they move their hands and arms a little bit, they can participate successfully!

Big Round Sun
This Little Train
Two Little Blackbirds
Here Is the Beehive
This is Big, Big, Big


Nothing puts me in a better mood than seeing a circle of babies get lifted up in the air all in the same time. Wheee!

A Hunting We Will Go
I’m A Little Beetle
Trot Trot To Boston
I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock
The Royal Duke of York


5 Responses to Favorite Songs & Rhymes for Baby Storytime

  1. Erica says:

    I’m just starting to offer Baby Story Times and I’ve been a little nervous – thanks for this post – I’d love to know more about the “patter and chatter” with the parents – I feel like one of the benefits of BST is that it is for the parents – but I haven’t found my groove about what to say to them. I don’t have kids and can’t share my own parenting stories.

  2. Erica and others, you may profit from looking at the Seward Memorial Library program Leading to Reading. We offer postcards for families of children from newborn through 5 years. Each month’s card gives parents a quick developmental message and great books just right for that child, that month. Soon, there will also be videos pertaining to each month’s hint.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I’m always looking for new songs for Mother Goose (baby storytime).

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