Singing and stories help babies learn and grow

by: SUBMITTED - Reading with your baby promotes early literacy and comprehension.Did you know that when you bring your baby to story time at the library you are promoting early learning experiences that will have an enormous impact on your child’s future success in school? Well, you are.

Between the ages of 0-3, your baby’s brain is like a sponge, developing and strengthening neural connections that will create a foundation for his or her entire life.

An early childhood rich with positive literary experiences, adult interactions, songs, rhymes and play has been proven, time and time again, to be critical to language development and is a significant gauge of how successful your child will be when learning to read.

Our baby, toddler and preschool story times at the West Linn Library are designed to promote essential early literacy skills and support families by modeling activities and behaviors that can be done at home.

Something as simple as engaging children in a story by asking questions about the plot or the illustrations can have a tremendous impact on their comprehension and enjoyment of the story.

You are your child’s most important teacher, and by singing songs, sharing rhymes, making up stories or simply talking to your baby throughout the day you are making a difference in his or her future. So keep in mind that the next time a librarian asks you to sing along or sit on the floor during a story time, we are not trying to make you uncomfortable, it is because little interactions like these will make a huge difference in your child’s life.

Story times are held at 10 a.m. (ages 0-3) and 11 a.m. (ages 3-6) on Thursdays and Fridays and run on a six-week rotation, with the next rotation starting Friday. For more information, drop by the library or visit by: SUBMITTED - Check out the book check 'Reading Magic' by Mem Fox to learn more about early literacy.

To learn more about early literacy and what you can do to support healthy language development, check out Zero to Three ( and Changing Brains ( Also check out “Bright From the Start” by Jill Stamm, “Reading Magic” by Mem Fox and “Building Healthy Minds” by Stanley Greenspan.


Here are some rhymes to share with your child at home:

Ten Little Horses (hold up 10 fingers)

Ten little horses came to town

Five were white

And five were brown

They galloped up!

They galloped down!

And then they galloped out of town!

Clip, clop, clip, clop


Open, shut them

(Open hands wide and follow along)

Open, shut them

Open, shut them

Give a little clap, clap, clap

Open, shut them

Open, shut them

Put them in our lap, lap, lap

Then we creep them, slowly creep them

Up on to our chin, chin, chin

Open up your little mouth but...

Do not let them in!


Icky Bicky Soda Cracker

(Bounce baby on lap)

Icky bicky soda cracker

Icky bicky boo

Icky bicky soda cracker

Up goes you! (Raise baby up)

Icky bicky soda cracker

Icky bicky boo

Icky bicky soda cracker

I love you! (Give baby a hug)

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