10 Fantastic Books Featuring Families for Storytime @ HRL

The year is winding down and our thoughts turn to the upcoming family reunions that often accompany the winter holidays.  These are a few of our favorite picture books that put the reader inside the warm and loving embrace of a family.  We’ll be reading these at our storytimes this week.  What picture book reminds you of your family?

Family Story Books to Share:  

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: #happyfamily.

Family Songs, Rhymes, and Games to Share:

Grandma’s Glasses

These are grandma’s glasses.
(Make circles around eyes.)
This is grandma’s hat.
(Cup hands and place on head.)
And this is the way
She folds her hands.
(Fold hands)
And puts them in her lap.
(Put them in your lap)

These are grandpa’s glasses.
(Make circles around eyes.)
This is grandpa’s hat.
(Pretend to put on a hat.)
And this is the way
He folds his arms
(Cross arms and fold.)
Just like that!

My Mama Likes . . .  (Sing to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus”)

My Mama likes bouncin’ me up and down.
Up and down, up and down.
My Mama likes bouncin’ me up and down,
because she loves me so.

My Papa likes swingin’ me side to side.
Side to side, side to side.
My Papa likes swingin’ me side to side,
because he loves me so.

My grandma likes givin’ me great big hugs.
Great big hugs, great big hugs.
My grandpa likes givin’ me great big hugs
because she loves me so.

If You Have a . . .

If you have a brother
A brother, a brother
If you have a brother
Please stand up!

(Repeat with other family members (mother, father, sister, grandma, grandpa, etc.)

Mother and Father and Uncle John

Mother and Father and Uncle John
(child on adult’s knees)
Went to town one by one
(bounce on knees)
Father fell off   (lean child to one side)
Mother fell off   (lean child to other side)
But Uncle John rode on and on.
(keep bouncing)
Yes, Father fell off  (lean to one side)
Mother fell off  (lean to other side)
But Uncle John rode on and on and on.  (bounce faster)

We hope you can join us for storytime at one of our Handley Regional Library Branches this week!

Check the calendar for the dates and times of storytimes at your local branch library.

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