Reasons to Sing

When you sing, you slow down your speech. This helps your child hear the smaller sounds in words, learn syllables and develop vocabulary. Singing also helps develop listening and memory skills.

Singing together is a fun bonding experience - whether you're a good singer or not.

Books to Read

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! - Karen Beaumont

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I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!

Karen Beaumont
I know an old lady who swallowed a fly

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I know an old lady who swallowed a fly

I Love My White Shoes - Eric Litwin

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I Love My White Shoes

Eric Litwin
Down by the Station - Will Hillenbrand

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Down by the Station

Will Hillenbrand
We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen
Five Little Ducks - Raffi

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Five Little Ducks

Raffi
Yankee Doodle - Edward Bangs

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Yankee Doodle

Edward Bangs
The seals on the bus - Lenny Hort

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The seals on the bus

Lenny Hort
Punk Farm - Jarrett Krosoczka

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Punk Farm

Jarrett Krosoczka
Here we go 'round the mulberry bush  - Iza Trapani

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Here we go 'round the mulberry bush

Iza Trapani
Bee-bim bop!  - Linda Sue Park

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Bee-bim bop!

Linda Sue Park
Today is Monday - Eric Carle

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Today is Monday

Eric Carle
Row, row, row your boat  - Jane Cabrera

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Row, row, row your boat

Jane Cabrera
Jazz baby - Lisa Wheeler

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Jazz baby

Lisa Wheeler
How do Dinosaurs say good night? - Jane Yolen

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How do Dinosaurs say good night?

Jane Yolen
Barn dance - Bill Martin

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Barn dance

Bill Martin
Bear snores on - Karma Wilson

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Bear snores on

Karma Wilson
Frog trouble deluxe songbook  - Sandra Boynton

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Frog trouble deluxe songbook

Sandra Boynton
It's raining, it's pouring  - Kin Eagle

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It's raining, it's pouring

Kin Eagle
Nose to toes, you are yummy - Tim Harrington

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Nose to toes, you are yummy

Tim Harrington
Happy! - Pharrell Williams

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Happy!

Pharrell Williams
The wheels on the tuk tuk - Kabir Sehgal

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The wheels on the tuk tuk

Kabir Sehgal
Every little thing  - Cedella Marley

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Every little thing

Cedella Marley
If you're a robot and you know it - David A Carter

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If you're a robot and you know it

David A Carter

Sing and Rhyme

Remember the Itsy Bitsy Spider and Humpty Dumpty? There are thousands of rhymes and fingerplays you can use to brighten up a trip to the grocery store or a long wait at the doctor's office.

Watch these experts perform their favorites, then try them out for yourself!

For more rhymes from Tell Me a Story, visit their YouTube Channel.

Or visit StoryBlocks and Reading Is Fundamental's YouTube channel.

Things to Do

Sing nursery rhymes and "real" songs.

Make up your own songs about what you're doing, like getting dressed or taking a bath.

Recite rhymes and fingerplays. Repeat them often.

Read these picture books with songs.

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