Posts Tagged ‘singing’

Books and Music Benefits Child’s Brain Development

by Karen Gordon on January 11th, 2019

Singing – is one of the Five Early Literacy Practices, and preschoolers, toddlers, and babies love to sing! We Children’s librarians love to sing in all our storytimes! We encourage parents to sing with their children and remind parents that kids don’t care how their parents sound, they love their parent’s voices, so sing! And, not only are songs fun, but they also serve as a learning tool for children as they reinforce early childhood concepts.

Singing is a natural way to learn about language and helps children develop listening skills and pay attention to the rhymes and rhythms in spoken language. Picture books can be read by being sung. I like to model singing picture books in Book Babies whenever I can.

I also sing books with toddlers and preschoolers during my outreach visits.  I’ve noticed that when I sing using a book, it has a wonderful way of focusing and calming kids down. Sing songs more than once, because children learn by repetition. Singing with children helps them to hear different parts of words, slows language down so they notice how syllables are alike and different, and songs help boost vocabulary and general knowledge. Here are several books to share with your little ones. Check them out and have fun singing!


One of my favorite illustrators is Tim Hopgood. Tim’s bright and colorful pictures make these songs come alive. If you never knew the lyrics to these songs, here’s your chance and guaranteed to get stuck in your head.

Here’s a list of books you can sing along to.

Songs for Singing and Hope at Iowa City Public Library

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 2nd, 2015

In the fall of 2008, a choir of volunteer performers formed with the goal of offering songs of healing and comfort to those struggling with living or dying.BarbaraMcAfee

For nearly seven years, Morning Star Singers have performed for free at hospices, hospitals, nursing homes and private homes within the Twin Cities.

Founder Barbara McAfee says it was her experience singing at the bedsides of friends and family that inspired her to create Morning Star Singers. A voice coach, singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, and author, McAfee travels the world to speak about the power of music to build, heal, and transform communities, big or small.

McAfee will be at the Iowa City Public Library from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, in Meeting Room A to describe the concept of a comfort choir and share the story of the Morning Star Singers. She also will teach simple songs and share some of her experiences singing for the ill, dying or bereaved.

This presentation is the opportunity to join a lively community of vocal explorers, experience literal and metaphorical harmony, and an enhanced feeling of unity and connection through music.

Songs for Healing and Hope is open to the public. It will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

This event is sponsored by Iowa City Hospice and the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, contact Iowa City Hospice at (800) 897-3052.