Our toddlers and preschoolers love to sing! We sing various times during our day. Some are planned, such as during circle time, and some just happen randomly, such as when we are in the middle of a transition to a new activity. You don’t need to have a beautiful voice, either. I used to be very self-conscious about my voice, knowing it was nothing close to my sister Lauri’s professional sound. But when I am singing with my little friends, I forget that. I just relax and enjoy the moment. I even sing up on stage with the children in front of an audience! Another favorite time to sing is while reading books. We love our collection of best books for kids to sing with! Singing instead of reading the words is a great way to build language skills and learn new words, too. So check out some of our favorites below and try a few with your toddlers and preschoolers!
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Best Books for Kids to Sing With
Inch by Inch: The Garden Song – David Mallett
The Wheels on the Bus – Illustrated by Jerry Smith
Down by the Bay – Raffi
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – Illustrated by Annie Kubler
Five Little Ducks – Illustrated by Annie Kubler
You Are My Sunshine – Jimmie Davis
Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Helen Oxenbury
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed – Eileen Christelow
I Got Two Dogs – John Lithgow
The Farmer in the Dell – Ann Owen
Pete the Cat Collection – Eric Litwin
Down By the Station – Jennifer Riggs Vetter
Roll Over – Merle Peek
Row, Row, Row Your Boat – Jane Cabrera
Old MacDonald Had a Farm – Jane Cabrera
Itsy Bitsy Spider – Iza Trapani
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star – Caroline Jayne Church
Do Your Ears Hang Low? – Caroline Jayne Church
Over in the Meadow – Oliver A. Wadsworth
Cat Goes Fiddle-I-Fee – Paul Galdone
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