"Bring along a toddler to chant some rhymes"

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It's a Little BabyMaria Sheahan (Librarian and Book Club Facilitator) read ‘It’s a Little Baby’ by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb with the Baby Book Club last week.  This book introduces your baby to the concept of hide-and-seek with its lift-the-flap features.  We covered a simple action rhyme entitled ‘Peekaboo’ to accompany the story.  Julia Donaldson has written many wonderful books for children of all ages  You will find plenty of her stories available for loan at Dublin City Libraries.

Time for a BathOur book next week is designed to help parents with practical life experiences, namely bath time.  The book is entitled ‘Time for a Bath’ and is written by Phyllis Gershator and David Walker.  It contains a very simple story about a mother and a baby bunny and the bath time routine they share.  It’s beautifully illustrated and would also be perfect as a bedtime read!


A Squash and a SqueezeThe Toddler Book Club read another book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler with the Toddler Book Club last week.  ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ was one of Julia’s first books.  It’s about a woman who worries that her house is too small for her to live in until a wise old man teaches her otherwise!  Julia herself grew up with her parents, younger sister, grandmother, aunt, uncle and pet cat named Geoffrey in the same house.  This crowded scenario no doubt provided the inspiration for this book!  It’s a very funny read and one which you and your child will love reading together!! 

Please and Thank youNext week, we will return to reading stories covering social skills with young children.  ‘Please and Thank You’ is part of the Pirate Pete and Princess Polly series published by Ladybird.  There’s a button on each page which produces a cheer sound which children will love hearing.  With this interactive element, the simple story and brightly coloured pictures – your little one is guaranteed to learn their manners in no time by reading this story!

Here is a nice poem that Julia Donaldson wrote about Public Libraries.  It sums up perfectly why Public Libraries are such an important community and family resource.

Everyone is welcome to walk through the door.
It really doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor.
There are books in boxes and books on shelves.
They’re free for you to borrow, so help yourselves.
Come and meet your heroes, old and new,
From William the Conqueror to Winnie the Pooh.
You can look into the Mirror or read The Times,
Or bring along a toddler to chant some rhymes.
The librarian’s a friend who loves to lend,
So see if there’s a book that she can recommend.
Read that book, and if you’re bitten
You can borrow all the other ones the author’s written.
Are you into battles or biography?
Are you keen on gerbils or geography?
Gardening or ghosts? Sharks or science fiction?
There’s something here for everyone, whatever your addiction.
There are students revising, deep in concentration,
And schoolkids doing projects, finding inspiration.
Over in the corner there’s a table with seating,
So come along and join in the Book Club meeting.
Yes, come to the library! Browse and borrow,
And help make sure it’ll still be here tomorrow.

Libraries Poem by Julia Donaldson available at http://www.juliadonaldson.co.uk/about.htm#libraries

See you next week.
Maria Sheahan (Librarian & Book Club Facilitator)

Ballymun Library contact details | Ballymun Library Book Clubs for Babies and Toddlers.

Books Previously Read

Check out a list of the other books read by Baby Book Club and books read by Toddler Book Club.



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