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Moms and Dads
Submitted by: Jennifer Schultz, Octavia Fields
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Daisy is a Mommy by:Lisa Kopper
Daisy is also a mommy dog, and we see her adventures with her puppy, which coincide with her human's adventures with her own baby. The illustrations are darling, and the final picture of both moms and babies tuckered out after a busy day is precious. There are two additional books about Daisy.
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? by:Eric Carle
This is a great "predictable" picture book. I love to find books where the children can "help" with the story. The book starts with the title (so don't skip that page when reading the book), and the next page answers the question (yes, of course!). The same question is asked about another animal, and the answer is answered on the next page (with the vibrant illustrations always found in Carle books. The ending is quite cute as well.
Daddies Give You Horsey Rides by:Abby Levine
While there are many great picture books about mothers, the number of good picture books about fathers pales in comparison. This is a cute one that celebrates fathers. The text is in rhyme.
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by:Eric Carle
This is one of my favorite Eric Carle books. A little girls wishes for the moon, and her father acts as the hero of the story. Practice this one before you read it aloud, because you will have to fold out several pages. But it's worth it-I've used it several times in my storytimes.
What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best by:Laura Numeroff
A great Numeroff book about the wonderful things mommies and daddies do. This is actually two books in one-when you finish the first part, you flip it over and read about the other parent. The mom and dad do the same things (teach you to ride a bicycle, give a piggyback ride), but the illustrations are different. Animals depict the parents. Numeroff also has similar books about grandparents and aunts/uncles.
Songs
Some Families
Some families are large (spread out arms wide)

Some families are small (bring arms close together)

But I love my family (cross arms over chest) best of all!
My Family
If you peek into my room at night (stand on toes)

My family you will see (nod head)

They kiss my face and tuck me in tight (blow kiss)

Why? Because they love me! (hug self)

Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys (show 5 fingers) jumping on the bed (jump)
One fell off and bumped
his head (tap head)
Mama called the doctor and
the doctor Said,
" No more monkeys (wag finger)
jumping on the bed!" (jump)

(continue to 1)

One little monkey
jumping on the bed
He fell off and bumped his head
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

(Before saying the last line, ask the children how many monkeys are left.)