Amber’s Note: I mentioned on Tuesday that Rock and Roll Garden was released but I was mistaken. It’s actually available beginning today! Bari Koral wanted it to coincide with the day she left for her honeymoon! Isn’t that fantastic, especially given why she wanted to get into kids’ music in the first place! Wishing Bari all the best this week.
When we first introduced books to Sammi around four or five months she only engaged with the ones that followed a song. She loved all the nursery rhyme books and all the ones that were fingerplays. We read/sang them over and over again. She squealed and clapped her hands, and then she started to turn the pages herself. then one day we were brave enough to attempt a non-music book again. It was short and rhyme-y and she loved it! This then opened up a new world for us. As long as it had a good rhyming pattern with a melodic flow, she loved it.
We progressed from that to non-song, non-melodic books and eventually she got really interested in stories. At first it was just really short, board book length stories. Now she can sit through books that are almost too long for my attention span and then ask for them again! And again!
Music is a great way to introduce books to little ones who don’t take an initial interest in books or holding still. If you can engage them with the song and have the book open next to you. They eventually make the connection. Two skills in emergent literacy are print motivation and phonological awareness. With print motivation you are trying to create a pleasant experience for your little one with books. By doing something your child loves-singing and dancing-while reading a book, you’re more likely to have a positive experience and so is your little one!
Music with its rhythm and rhymes is a great tool for little ones to understand language better. The rhythm of music helps little ones to hear all the parts of a word and sentence. The begin to understand the flow of language through music. Songs that rhyme help little ones to understand that sounds can be repeated in different words. This helps them to build their vocabulary by linking new words to already-known words because they share a similar sound.
Here are some great books that carry a tune:
- Real Mother Goose Classic Lullaby Rhymes
- The Real Mother Goose Treasury
- The Itsy-Bitsy Spider
- Five Little Ducks
- Ten Little Fingers (Board Books for Babies)
- Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Board Books for Babies)
- If You’re Happy and You Know It (Baby Board Books)
- Down by the Bay (Raffi Songs to Read)
- Hush, Little Baby
What musical books have you discovered? A comment on today’s post is an extra entry in this week’s giveaway!