Our Favourite Lifting Songs for Storytime

So you liked The Elevator Song eh? Well you are in good company; pretty much every family here in Vancouver seems to love it too! It’s part workout and part awesome-sauce. But what about when it’s over? How do you keep those parents and wriggly-giggly things (thanks Mary Murphy!) happy? We have come up with a list to try and fill that void!

1. What Shall We Do With Lazy Katie?

This gem allows for not only lifting but also some dipping, swaying and tickling! We like to encourage parents to sing it with their child’s name resulting in a chorus of names being sung out.

2. Up, Up, Up in the Sky Like This

This is a very simple lift and kiss tune with a gentle hug at the end. This one can be done while parents are sitting or standing.

3. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Another smash hit in Vancouver, Zoom, Zoom, Zoom starts all normal-like and then blasts off into space! Parents can start this one as a bounce and then (gently) launch baby into the air at the end.


4. Leaves are Falling on the Ground

This was a definite hit for the fall and winter here in Vancouver. You can encourage parents to lower baby between their legs instead of lifting on this one as the leaves (aka baby) fall or drift gently to the ground.

5. Toast in the Toaster

So not only should this video win Best Thumbnail Image Award 2013, but it’s also one of our favourite babytime songs. You can tell parents to rock side to side on the tick, tock and then pop baby up above when the toast is done!

 6. Grand Old Duke of York

We don’t have this one filmed yet, but Lindsey will be singing this with the adorable Blake very soon. This one works well for lifting while sitting, as well as dipping baby left or right.

Oh, the royal Duke of York
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up the mountaintop
And marched them down again
Oh, when you’re up, you’re up
And when you’re down, you’re down
And when you’re only halfway up
You’re neither up nor down!

He rolled them to the left
He rolled them to the right
He rolled them over upside down
Oh, what a silly sight!

7. London Bridge is Falling Down

This is another one which we plan on filming over the holidays, when Lindsey has access to baby Blake. In this song caregivers can drop baby down between their legs, instead of a lift.

London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down
My sweet baby!

Come and take a walk around
Walk around, walk around.
Come and take a walk around
My sweet baby!

For more Movement and Dancing Storytime Song ideas check out our playlist here!

Welcome to Our New Website!

Jbrary got a bit of a facelift!  Welcome to our new site, and here’s what’s on it:

  • YouTube Playlists:  An alphabetical list of our playlists on YouTube.  Here you can find videos grouped together by theme, activity, and age.  For example, we’ve got a playlist just for toddlers and a playlist featuring songs and rhymes using sign language.
  • Storytime Resources: Here is where we link to the storytime outlines we’ve featured on our blog.  Posts are organized by age group, so you can easily find what you’re looking for. Don’t forget to see our Pinterest page for even more storytime theme ideas.
  • Blogroll: Stay connected!  This page features our ever growing list of online storytime resources.  We highlight other people making videos, storytime wikis, and outstanding Youth Service Librarians’ blogs.
  • About Us: Learn more about Lindsey and Dana, and feel free to contact us.