We Love to Read!

Songs and rhymes from this week's story times

picture of a green bookThis week's story times are all about books, reading, and libraries. Share these songs and rhymes with your child to help promote his or her love of reading. Click here to download and print a .pdf document of these rhymes and songs.

I’m Going Down to the Library
(Click here to hear the tune.)
I’m going down to the library.
Picking out a book.
Check it in, Check it out!


Sing with your child about family members or animals who might visit the library.

Down Around the Corner
Down around the corner
at the children’s bookstore
Were five picture books and not one more.
Along came _______ with a dollar to pay.
She bought a book and took it away.


Print out pictures of books your child loves, or play this game with actual books you borrow from the library! Fill in the blank with your child's name, the names of his friends and family, or even the names of her favorite stuffed animals.

The More We Read Together
(Words by Miss Katie)
The more we read together,
together, together
The more we read together,
the happier we’ll be.
Read big books and small books
and short books and tall books
The more we read together,
the happier we’ll be.

Use hand motions to show big, small, short, and tall.

If You’d Like to Read a Book
(Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’d like to read a book, clap your hands.
If you’d like to read a book, clap your hands.
If you’d like to read a book,
Listen up and take a look.
If you’d like to read a book, clap your hands.


When you're finished clapping, try stomping your feet, patting your knees, beeping your nose, tickling your tummy, and shouting hooray!

Who Are the Characters in Your Story Books?
(Tune: Who are the People in Your Neighborhood?)
Who are the characters in your story books,
In your story books, in your story books?
Oh, who are the characters
In your story books --
In the stories that you read each day?


Sing a verse about each of your child’s favorite characters – Dora, Curious George, Thomas the Tank Engine, etc.

Look at This Book
(Written by Miss Katie)
Let’s take a look at this book.
Here is the cover. We open it wide.
Here are the pages hidden inside.
There are words and pictures.
We look and we look.
And when we are finished,
We close up the book.


Use this rhyme to show your young child how to handle books.