Ready, Set, Rhyme!
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Ready, Set, Rhyme!

You’re never too little to learn! Did you know that sharing nursery rhymes is a great activity to boost your child’s early learning and development? No matter what rhyme or language you share, nursery rhymes are a great way to introduce your child to words and language. Many nursery rhymes are sung or chanted, which helps slow down the sounds of language and help your little one recognize the different sounds that make up words. They are also a great way to introduce new vocabulary or concepts that your child might not experience in their daily life. Plus, many nursery rhymes have actions for children to participate in while you share them, which can help build gross motor and fine motor skills.

We share nursery rhymes at many of our Reading Readiness Storytimes, but did you know that we also have programs dedicated to nursery rhymes? Mother Goose Mania is the perfect way to share nursery rhymes with your little one. This program is designed for children aged two to five years old. At each session, explore and celebrate a different nursery rhyme through music, play, and exploration activities. Presenters share different variations of the rhyme, as well as activities that help reinforce key concepts. Capacity may be limited, so check to see if the session you want to attend is ticketed.

Upcoming sessions:

Wednesday, August 9 at 10:30 am at Parr Library

Thursday, August 31 at 10 am at Harrington Library

Want to explore nursery rhymes at home? Checkout these titles from the library’s collection:

Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes: Share and Sing in Two Languages by Faye-Lynn Wu

A collection of nursery rhymes in English and Chinese, some originating from each tradition, interspersed with facts about Chinese culture and traditions.

The Hummingbird Sings and Dances: Latin American Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes by Mariana Ruiz Johnson

An extraordinary collection featuring 19 traditional nursery rhymes and lullabies in Spanish originating from Latin America that have withstood the test of time. Warm, colorful illustrations with earth-toned backgrounds provide the setting for this endearing repertoire of family-friendly songs from 17 different countries. Solid musicianship supporting lively vocal performances transport the young listener into a playful, fanciful world inhabited by singing frogs and dancing skeletons. A map of Latin America and complete lyrics in Spanish with English translations appear at the end of the book.

Japanese Nursery Rhymes: Carp Streamers, Falling Rain, and Other Traditional Favorites by Danielle Wright

Traditional Japanese verses depicting the natural world and many tiny moments that make childhood special, such as blowing bubbles, escaping the rain, rolling an acorn, and flying a kite. Presented in Japanese script, Japanese Romanized form, and English.

Korean Nursery Rhymes: Wild Geese, Land of Goblins and Other Favorite Songs and Rhymes by Danielle Wright

An illustrated collection of fourteen nursery rhymes, plus notes on Korean culture and explanations of how the jump rope and hand clap games are played. Presented in Hanguel script, Romanized Korean, and English; accompanying CD contains recordings of all the rhymes performed in Korean and English.

La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Los Niños by Susan Middleton Elya

A collection of classic nursery rhymes presented with a bilingual twist.

Mother Goose Goes to India by Kabir Sehgal

A collection of fifteen familiar Mother Goose nursery rhymes reset in India, with character names, foods, numbers, and other aspects changed to reflect life in that country. Includes Hindi language terms.

My Village: Rhymes from Around the World by Danielle Wright

Collects poems and nursery rhymes from around the world, including such countries as China, Ireland, Zimbabwe, and Iran, and provides the English translations along with the rhymes in their original languages.

My Wonderful Nursery Rhyme Collection

Presents an illustrated collection of well-known nursery rhymes, including “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Jack and Jill,” and “Little Miss Muffet.”

Oluguti Toluguti: Indian Rhymes to Read and Recite by Radhika Menon

Nursery rhymes drawn from various Indian languages with English translation.

Songs on the Vanilla Trail: Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes from East and Southern Africa by Nathalie Soussana

An illustrated collection of partial lyrics rom 25 east and southern African traditional songs. Book back matter includes full lyrics for all songs, a world map, language notes, and performance credits for the accompanying CD.

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