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Friday, 3 December 2021

rhyme time reading babiesIn the early days with a new baby, all parents will stumble across magic tricks. Some will work a treat in those high decibel moments, stunning both you and baby into silence. If one of your tricks is breaking out into song and all you've got in the repertoire is the first line of Doe A Deer, then Rhyme Time events run by local libraries are the ticket.

The Shake, Rattle and Rhyme sessions for naught to two-year-olds at the Preston Library are particularly festive. You will feel like you're rushing into a sold out stadium show as you join the crowd of parents, nannies and grandparents all angling for a prime spot on the carpet.

Wide-eyed babies are mesmerized by the animated librarians as they lead the crowd in rhymes. All the songs come with dances, funny faces and festive hand gestures to keep the toddlers engaged and to help demonstrate the meaning of the words.

Learning rhymes is not only handy for arsenic hour and car trips with children, it also helps kids learn to read. Learning word groups, like shake and rake and lake, is an important early step in helping little ones learning how to read and spell.

So round up your mums group and go – Rhyme Time events are free entertainment and you'll walk out with a new song to stash in your bag of magic tricks.

See below for some of the Rhyme time events in and around Melbourne. If your local library isn't listed, give them a call. Most run a similar program for their youngest clients.

  • The State Library of Victoria runs a fun program called Baby Bounce with sessions scheduled for October and November.
  • The Maribyrnong Libraries (Footscray, Maribyrnong, West Footscray and Yarraville) and Moreland Libraries (Brunswick, Coburn, Fawkner and Glenroy) all run a very busy calendar of Rhyme Time events.
  • Darebin Libraries (Preston and Reservoir) provide the popular Shake, Rattle and Rhyme sessions.
  • Yarra Libraries (Fitzroy, Carlton, Richmond and Collingwood) offer Toddler Storytime sessions for littlies aged 8 months to 2 years, but really, it's never too early to start reading and singing to your baby!

 Thanks to our special guest contributor Amy Carmichael, local writer, mum and Rhyme Time groupie.

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