Our theme for Summer Reading this year is music! Singing is one of the Five Practices for the Every Child Ready to Read Initiative, that focuses on early literacy skills. If you've been to our storytimes, you'll know how important music and singing are to us! We include music in everything we do with our preschool friends. So we thought it would be a great time to share with you some of our favorite music - which you can check out from the library!
Laurie Berkner is a favorite in storytime. Her songs are fun, whismical and lend themselves well to storytelling and dancing.
Jim Gill is another storytime fave. He is renowned among the preschool set, including teachers. Jim is a child development specialist who focused his graduate studies on the importance of play in early literacy. His very playful music reflects that focus! Here is one of our storytime standards:
If you grew up in the late 80's, early 90's you'll recognize this band. They went from making alternative music to music for children! There music is just fun. My personal favorite is "Clap Your Hands"!
If you are looking for something a little more mellow, check out folk singer Elizabeth Mitchell. Her soothing, folk-music inspired songs are just the thing for coming down from a busy summer day.
CIDL Youth Services
The CIDL Youth Services Department is here to share their recommendations with you and wants you to share yours with us!