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The Library's Early Literacy Program

The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Babies

A Love Books Activity for Babies

Explore Books!

Love Books Have fun reading books you and your child enjoy.


Explore Books!

Babies need to be able to play with board books with their hands and even their mouths. When they are allowed to hold, shake and turn a book in their hands, they are engaging in important work! Babies are figuring out how books work - which way is up and how to turn the pages. Sharing books with babies is an important first step in helping them develop a natural interest and love of reading!


The Grand Old Duke of York

Oh, the grand old Duke of York
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up to the top of the hill, (hold baby up)
And he marched them down again. (hold baby downwards)
And when they were up they were up. (hold up)
And when they were down they were down. (hold down)
And when they were only half way up (hold baby midway)
They were neither up nor down! (move up and down)
Oh, he marched them to the left. (put baby on your left leg)
He marched them to the right. (move baby to your right leg)
He even marched them upside down! (tip upside down)
Oh, wasn't that a sight!


Click the book jackets to find these books and more at the Library.

Find these books at

  • Steam Train, Dream Train
  • Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  • Ciao, Baby! Ready for a Ride?
  • Ciao, Baby! Ready for a Ride? by Carole Lexa Schaefer
  • Let's Go Outside
  • Let's Go Outside by Kate Riggs


Wednesday, January 23

  • 9:15 a.m., Storytime, Library Center
  • 10 a.m., Storytime, Republic Branch
  • 10:15 a.m., Storytime, Library Center

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