"Today’s parents find nursery rhymes embarrassing to recite with their young children."
When babies experience nursery rhymes, they hear the sounds our language makes, which is necessary to be able to assemble those sounds into words later on (Chew That Book: why babies belong in libraries, School Library Journal, November 2013, p. 18).
Here are some bouncy titles that will help parents, caregivers, and library staff overcome their feelings of awkwardness surrounding nursery rhymes and make it easy to integrate the five essentials of reading, talking, writing (drawing), singing, and playing as they interact with their babies.
With its hip approach, witty headnotes, and accompanying CD, Humpty Who? is the crash course for every new mom or dad who wants to give their child the simple pleasures of classic nursery rhymes . . . but can't remember what happens past the first line.
Kate has selected rhymes with the most baby appeal, and then replaced the traditional hero or heroine with a baby. The result is utterly irresistible.
Whimsical pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations make this collection of over 100 rhymes, riddles, lullabies, and songs stand out from the many other anthologies available. Each of the sections includes an illustrated rhyme that runs along the tops of the pages, inviting children to follow along as each page is turned, or to linger over each page's detailed pictures.
for babies, by Jane Cobb
All of the activities recommended encourage bonding, fun, and brain and emotional development that enriches parents' and babies' lives, and contains useful chapters on a baby's brain, early language, and literacy development; program planning and presentation tips; and 350 rhymes and songs arranged by type for easy access. Several half-hour programs are included as examples. A musical CD provides samples of songs that would be more difficult to find elsewhere.
A lively collection of rhymes designed to create animated interactions between a baby and an adult. The activities are organized primarily by the body part they involve (the face, toes, hands, etc.). Games upon the knee comprise the largest section. The rhyme itself is printed in bold, easy-to-read type. A smaller, italicized type gives simple directions ("Pat the baby's bare feet" or "Point to the baby's features").