I love to incorporate music into my story time sessions, and I think it’s very popular with our attendees, too. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers often tell me their child “has been singing that song all week!” We know music is fun, but are there other reasons to include music into play?
According to a 2014 article in School Library Journal, the answer is yes!
The author of that article, Sarah Bayliss, reports that “A growing body of research is affirming the central role of music in early literacy. Librarians are listening—and designing programs with a deep mindfulness of how music supports PreK–learning. Music has been proven to do everything from boosting numeracy to developing empathy among children; from improving speech-language delays to augmenting comprehension. One study from the Music-Science Lab at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev showed that young children who played hand-clapping games had better cognitive and social skills than those who didn’t.”
The article goes on to detail other reasons to include music in programming, complete with online music links, artists and CD’s kids love, and academic resources. While I found the author’s suggestions to include some fantastic resources, many of which I use, I thought it might be fun to let you know what three of my favorite children’s musicians are! So, in no particular order, here they are, complete with links to our library catalog and YouTube videos as well!
On this album is her famous “I Know a Chicken” song, AKA the Shaky Egg song from storytime! Pick up any album by Laurie Berkner for a fun time. Or, connect with her via YouTube and sing along to “We Are the Dinosaurs”. While you’re at it, she also has picture books that you can read and sing along with, such as Pillowland
My favorite storytime song on this album is “List of Dances” – it’s a list that is sixteen dances long! Kids have a great time following along with this one, and after going through all 16, Jim Gill sings that it would be fun to do them again, this time from the bottom to the top. Click on this link to watch him in concert! By the way, we are very excited to let you in on a secret ….. Jim Gill will be doing a concert here at the Moline Public Library this summer! Details coming soon!
My all-time favorite song on this album is “The Freeze”. Click here to listen! I think I like these guys because they’ve been entertaining kids since the late 70’s and early 80’s, but they are still going strong and still relevant!
I hope you check out some of these kids artists, and if you ever need any other music ideas, just ask one of us in the Children’s Department for suggestions!