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The Library's Early Literacy Program

The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Babies

A Tell Stories Activity for Babies

Special Stories

Tell Stories Create stories, play make-believe and let your child be a storyteller.


Special Stories

There are few things more special to families than the day their baby is born. This important story isn't just for adults; it should be told to the baby too! Snuggle your baby and tell her about the day she was born, the day she came home, the day her family found out she was coming or any other story about her that is special to tell. Then tell it over and over again. Have grandparents, siblings and other family members tell these stories too. As your little one grows, she will know these important stories all about her!


I Bounce You Here

I bounce you here,

I bounce you there,

I bounce you, bounce you everywhere!

[Bounce baby to the left and right and up in the air)


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

Find these books at

  • One Day
  • One Day by Joanna Ho
  • Welcome Home
  • Welcome Home by Aimee Reid
  • This is the First Book I Will Read to You
  • This is the First Book I Will Read to You by Fancesco Sedita


Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

Find Storytimes