Ask a Storytime Ninja: Toddler Songs

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There’s no shortage of wiggling going on in this edition of Ask A Storytime Ninja. I know you all have favorite toddler songs, so share in the comments! I, for one, am looking forward to trying out some of the suggestions below. Happy wiggling!

Question: I am looking for new action movement songs for my Toddler class.  I feel we are stuck listening to “Shake My Sillies” or “clapping” songs.  What are other youth librarians favorite songs?


Bridget (@bridgetrwilson): I use Greg & Steve’s “Can’t Sit Still” a lot. Easy to follow because it tells you what body part to wiggle.

Danielle (@LibrarianDani): Georgiana Stewart has some great toddler music, such as It’s Toddler Time and Toddlerific!

Lisa (@thrivethursday):
Ronno: I Can Dance
David S. Polansky: Spider on the Floor
Kimmy Schwimmy: Toes, Knees, Shoulders and Head
Susan Salidor: Two Little Blackbirds
Peter & Ellen Allard: Wiggle Your Fingers
Peter & Ellen Allard: Bearly Neighbors
Peter & Ellen Allard: As Quiet as Can Be
We Kids Rock: Clap When the Spirit Says Clap
Ready to Learn: My Eyes Are Looking Forward
Hap Palmer: Open and Shut Them & My Hands Are High
Georgiana Stewart: Toes Up, Toes Down

Kim (@librarylady2u): I love using the following songs in toddler time: “Tooty-Ta” by Dr. Jean, “Jump Up, Turn Around” by Jim Gill, “Bean Bag Rock” by Georgiana Stewart, “Milkshake” (w/ shaky eggs) from the the CD Songs for Wiggleworms, and “Tapping on My Sticks” by Kathy Reid-Naiman (w/ rhythm sticks).

Natasha: A really fun thing that I picked up from another librarian in my system is to do the ABC’s several times, but to do a different action along with it – the first time we sing our ABC’s, then at the last verse I say “next time won’t you clap with me” and then we clap each letter as we sing it, the third time we jump, the last time we stomp, etc.  It’s also a great time to remind parents of an easy way to make each letter distinct when they sing a song with one line that sounds a LOT like Elmo Has to Pee (LMNOP).

Michelle (@mmlibrarian):
1. Seals on the Bus
2. Shake Shake Your Hands (do different movements like shake your hands, roll your hands, wiggle your hands, rub your hands etc., do once slow and then once fast)

Kendra (@klmpeace): For recorded music I like Kathy Reid-Naiman (We’re Tapping is a favorite), Coconut Soap by Frank Leto (have the parents help and use scarves for soap), and anything with a freeze or pause in it. For non-recorded you can see all my favorite songs and rhymes here.

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