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For over 20 years the children of San Antonio have been calling in to Dial-A-Story to hear a children's story.  The children's librarians record new stories every Tuesday and Friday, one in English and one in Spanish. 

Just call 210.207.4466 to listen!

Songs and Rhymes for Babies and Toddlers

Celebrating Black History Month

Puppy Truck by Brian Pinkney

Opening Song: Wave Your Towel

Action Song: I'm a Little Dump Truck

Counting Song: 5 Little Trucks

Read Aloud: Puppy Truck by Brian Pinkney

Action Song: Hurry, Hurry Drive the Fire Truck

Action Song: The Airplane Song by Laurie Berkner

Activity: Try having the whole family draw a road map on newspaper or wrapping paper. Maybe incorporate boxes and other materials to symbolize buildings and important places.  Encourage your child to drive their car along the pathways and tell you where they want to go. Don't have a toy car? Make believe and use various objects around the house as a vehicle. When you are all done, try putting your cars into a small tub of water with no tear soap to make a car wash sensory experience!


I Can Do It Too by Karen Baicker

Song: Show Me How Your Hands Can Move?

Action Rhyme: Mr. Turkey & Mr. Duck

Read Aloud: I Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker

View the recording together. Remember, you can pause the video to have your own discussion.

Fingerplay: 5 Fat Sausages

Closing Song: Little Bunnies Sleeping

Activity: Enjoy a family dance party together and practice different ways to move your body. Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill is a great way to get the whole family moving. 

Hello Song: “Hello Hello Can You Clap Your Hands?”

Read Aloud: Hands Up by Breanna McDaniel   

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Movement Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider with Desmond Dennis

Goodbye SongSkidamarink   

Extension Activity:  Ask your children to think of all the things they do during the day that involve raising up their hands.  Go on a field trip around the house and let them demonstrate.  Larger motor movements like raising arms are important for your child’s physical and brain development. 

Opening Song: The More We Get Together  

Singable Story: This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt 

SongThe Itsy Bitsy Spider 

Song: Hickory Dickory Dock 

Activity:   Making and responding to music allows your baby or toddler to explore creative ways to express feelings. They have fun creating their own music with their body e.g. clapping, stomping, humming, vocal noises or “musical instruments” they make from objects around the house e.g. banging on pots and pans as drums. Give your child pots and pans and wooden spoons and watch him make music.  

Opening Song:  The More We Get Together  

Read Aloud: Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra L. Pinkney 

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It  

Song: This Little Light of Mine  

Activity:  PEEKABOO          Materials needed: Small toys or books, blanket 

What to do: Place a toy or book under a blanket leaving part of the object showing. Then ask your baby or toddler, "Where is it?" and encourage him to look for it. Children will usually grab it and dig under the blanket. After your baby or toddler has mastered finding a partly hidden object, move on to hiding it completely under the blanket. 

Skills learned: Fine motor skill development, object permanence (a child's ability to know that objects continue to exist even though they can no longer be seen).  

Early Childhood Development Tip: Go to Relationship with Others 

Celebrate Black History Month with Books by Black Authors and Illustrators

Whose Knees are These by Jabari Asim
Count to Love by Andrea Pinkney
Me and the Family Tree by Carole Boston Weatherford
Saturday by Oge Mora
Bloom by Ruth Foreman
You are Getting Sleepy by Lori Alexander
Dream Big Little One by Vashti Harrison
A Time for Kenny by Brian J. Pinkney

Baby and Toddler Time at Home

Maggie and Michael Get Dressed by Denise Fleming

Opening Song: Hello, Friends
Read Aloud:  Maggie and Michael Get Dressed by Denise Fleming 

     Check out this book from the San Antonio Public Library to read it together. 
Action Song:  Baby Put Your Pants On
Action Song:  This Is the Way We Get Dressed
Flannel Story: Teddy Bear Dress Up

Extension Activity:  Early Learning Color Hunt 

Help your child learn his colors by going on a color hunt together!

To begin, show your child an object that represents the color you’re looking for, name the color, then put it in a bag.  Do this two or three times, then let your child be the hunter.  When you’re finished, empty your bags and name the items together (red sock, red ball, red cup).  You can also hunt for colors (without collecting objects) at the grocery store or when you’re driving along together. (from The Toddler's Busy Book by Trish Kuffner) 

Grumpy Pants by Clare Messer

Action Song: Snowflakes, Snowflakes
Action Song: Walrus Washes His Winter Coat:
Read Aloud: Grumpy Pants by Clare Messer
You can check out this book from our collection to read at home: Grumpy Pants by Clare Messer

Finger Play: Two Little Penguins
Action Song: Washing Machine
Activity: In December it should be getting cold outside, so bring out the blankets, pillows, sheets and more for kids to play. Make a fort, stack pillows, or create a tunnel for kids to enjoy. Bring out a flashlight to add even more fun. Get inspired with our SAPL Free Play Friday Blankets and More video. 

I am Thankful a Thanksgiving Book for Kids by Sheri Wall






Opening Song: I’m Thankful
Read Aloud: I Am Thankful by Sheri Wall
View the recording together. Remember, you can pause the video to have your own discussion 
Action/Fingerplay Song: Thanksgiving Freeze Dance 
Song: Turkey Strut
Extension Activity: Thankful Turkey Hands
You will need paper, pencil & either crayons or markers and scissors. Trace your hand on the paper, using the crayons or markers write what you are thankful for inside each finger or just color them to make your turkey feathers!   

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Opening Song:  Hello, Friends  

Read Aloud:   Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

View and listen to the recording together.  A good pausing place for this story is right before the reader points out the character referenced in the rhyme to see if you and your child can spot it first.  

Action Song:  Jack and Jill 

Song:  When Goldilocks Went to the House of the Bears 

Literacy Tip:  Lap bouncing your child to the rhythm of nursery rhymes/Mother Goose rhymes is a great way to stimulate their future language development by helping them to recognize a steady beat and by making them better able to recognize patterns in language.  You can sit in a chair or on the floor with your child in your lap (facing you or facing outward).  You can check out books of nursery rhymes collections at your local library for lots of fun, lap bouncing material. 

Books for Babies and Toddlers

Library Babies by Puck
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
Share This Book by John Hutton
Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora
You're My Little Bookworm by Nicola Edwars
Llama Llama Loves to Read by Anna Dewedney