First 5 Years

Songs & Rhymes

Get in the Game!

[pixel kid with speech bubble: Get in the Game]Get in the Game! Here are some fun songs, rhymes, and books to make this a great summer of playing and reading. "I promise to read, to play games, and to have fun this summer!"

The Ocean

[underwater scene]It's almost summer. Let's go down to the ocean and check out some fish!


[eight hats]Let's put on our hats, sing some songs, and explore some great books about hats both new and old!



Square, circle, triangle, rectangle. What shape do you love best?

XOXO: Hugs and Kisses

hugs and kissesWe can all use a little more affection. Here are books inspired by hugs and kisses to snuggle up and read as well as books on tickles and giggles.


brown bearYou and your child won’t be hibernating with these great stories and songs about bears!

Winter is Coming

winter is comingWinter is coming! Are you ready? Enjoy these rhymes and stories with your child. 

My Five Senses

five sensesSeeing, hearing, tasting, touching and feeling are our wonderful five senses that help us explore the world!

Creepy Crawly

creepy crawliesSpiders, snails and bugs abound in these books and rhymes sure to make your little ones squirm with delight!


Summer Reading 2015: Heroes

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Some are tall and some are small.  Some Heroes have two legs, some have four.  Some Heroes have hair while others have wool.   Heroes can be firemen, astronauts and your next door neighbor.  You can be a hero, too.

Libraries & Books

Check out the wonderful books we have in the library!


Mice are Nice!

  Enjoy rhymes and stories about the humble mouse!


Celebrate Black History Month with Songs, Rhymes and Stories

Enjoy these songs, rhymes, and stories to celebrate African and African American Heritage!

To try fun activities for children 3 years and up, go to:

I am Me!

I am Me!You're you and I'm me!

Teacher Feature

Celebrate World Teacher Day on October 5th with these fun stories and rhymes about school and teachers!


Grandparents reading with grandchildren How wonderful grandparents are!

Fizz! Boom! Read!

Summer Reading 2014: Fizz, Boom, Read!

Help your little scientist have a blast with some of our fun science-themed summer reading selections including songs and rhymes! 

Celebrate Trees!

Go green and celebrate Arbor day and Earth Day in April with these eco-friendly, tree-loving books and rhymes!

Under the Sea

Under the SeaLet's swim with the fish in the deep sea!

Kevin Henkes

BPL - First Five Years Songs and Rhymes: Kevin Henkes

With a range of styles and characters, Kevin Henkes is truly an author for little ones of all ages.

Tea Time

BPL - First Five Years Songs and Rhymes: Tea TimeEnjoy these fun rhymes and tales as you sip a nice hot cup of tea!

Someone is in the Kitchen!

BPL - First Five Years Songs and Rhymes: Someone is in the Kitchen

Stories and rhymes all about baking are sure to be fun in and out of the kitchen for everyone in the family. Be sure to bring your own treats!

Duck, Duck, Goose!

Duck, Duck, Goose!Quack! Honk! Ducks and geese are always fun to read and rhyme about!

Dig Into Summer Reading

BPL - First Five Years Songs and Rhymes: Brer Rabbit, gate figures at BPL Cental Library



"Dig" into these scrumptious summer reading titles.  Have a wonderful fun-filled adventure.

Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss Storytime at Park SlopeWith Dr. Seuss, oh the thinks we will think and the places we'll go!

Bunny Rabbits

Twitch your nose and wiggle your ears! Here's some hopping bunny rabbit fun for spring.

Margaret Wise Brown

Margaret Wise Brown is famous for her night-time tale Good Night Moon, but you may not be as familiar with her other work. She has written over 25 books. Below is a selection of tales both you and your little one will enjoy along with some rhymes to make bedtime an easy transition.

Going Places!

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes: Going Places - toddler driving carWe get where we're going in all kinds of ways. How did you get where you're going today?

Summer Fun

Summer Reading 2012: Dream BigCheck out these great summer reads and songs for your little ones.   


BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes: Feelings, Baby Happy, Baby SadExplore feelings together in these books, songs, and lullabies!


Opposites: Big dog and little dogUp and down!  Big and little!  Play with opposites in these stories, songs and fingerplays.  

Mother Goose!

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes: What's So Special About Mother Goose?Everyone likes Mother Goose! Children like Mother Goose because the rhymes are fun and easy to learn. Educators & parents like Mother Goose because those same rhymes help children develop phonemic awareness skills that they will need to become good readers.

Rhymes and Stories in Chinese and English

Asian Girl Smiling 2015 is the year of the sheep! Share these rhymes and stories in Chinese and English all year 'round.

Outer Space Stories, Rhymes and Songs

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes: Outerspace, rocketshipMake the case for space! Reach the stars and the moon with these great tunes and super books from your local library!


BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, Families, portrait of a young mixed race family of fourCelebrate families of all kinds with these stories, rhymes, and fingerplays. 


Asian and Black preschoolers hugging each otherShare, grow and learn with your friends by sharing songs, rhymes and stories together.

Hello and Goodbye: Separation Anxiety

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, Asian toddler tearful and with a worry expressionAround their first birthday, many young children get anxious when parents leave them at day care or with a babysitter. Games like peek-a-boo, good-bye songs and rhymes, and books that feature comings and goings can help.

New Things to Do, New Things to See!

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, cartoon of a group of happy toddlersHappy New Year! Help little ones prepare for all the new things that they'll experience this year-and beyond- with these fun stories and rhymes.

Go Wild! - Animal Stories and Rhymes

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, cartoon of monkey swing from a tree branchShare these fun animal stories and rhymes with your child.

Rain Stories and Rhymes

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, Toddler under a big orange and red umbrella with falling raindropsShare these rainy day stories and rhymes with your child.

Suppertime! - Stories and Rhymes to Eat Up

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, cartoon of a chef with a white chef hat mixing up ingreidents in a bowlShare stories, songs and rhymes at mealtimes to feed your child's mind and body! Books and rhymes can also help distract fussy eaters.

Music Jamboree Songs, Rhymes and Stories

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, Musical Instruments: drum and guitarSongs and rhymes help little ones learn language. Catch the rhythm with these musical stories and dancing rhymes.

Rhymes and Stories for Young Children in Chinese and English


Gung Hay Fat Choy! Celebrate the Chinese New Year with these books and rhymes.

Halloween Songs, Rhymes & Stories

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, cartoon of a ghost costume: white sheet with black circles for eyes and a curved line for mouthHalloween is great time of year to share slightly spooky stories and play peek-a-BOO! At ages two and up, children may begin to find some stories scary. If they do, save these for them when they are older.

Wonderful Pets!

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, Wonderful Pets!, puppy and kitten playing together

Playful and fun.

Fantastic Fall!

BPL - FFY, Fantastic Fall!, colorful falling autumn leaves

Stories, songs and rhymes to enjoy in the fall! 

Winter Weather

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, Weather: snowman with shovel and falling snowflakes

Winter’s chill is in the air – time to curl up indoors and share a good book with your child. Or warm things up by trying one of our action songs and rhymes. Either way, you’ll stay warm while having fun together!

I Love...!

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, I Love...!, pink heart shaped candy with text: I Luv U

Stories, songs, and rhymes to LOVE!

儿歌和童谣 Rhymes and Stories for Young Children in Chinese and English

BPL -- FFY, Songs and Rhymes, More Rhymes and Stories for Young Children in Chinese and English, Ox Papercut

一、二、三,我们一起来数数! One, Two, Three, Let's count together! 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other stories by Eric Carle

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, The Very Hungar Caterpillar an dother stories by Eric Carle, illustration by Eric Carle of the very hungar caterpillar

Here's some of our favorite books illustrated by Eric Carle! We've paired each title with songs and rhymes. 

Fabulous Fathers

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, Fabulous Fathers

Stories, songs, and rhymes for dads and kids.

Fall is for Learning

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, Fall Is learning!

Help your child develop important learning skills with these fun books and rhymes for fall!

Let's Dance

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, Let's Dance, three toddlers in diaper dancing

Movement and music are great tools to help young children learn the rhythm of language and build early literacy. Share a good book with your child, or try some of our action songs and rhymes together – and don’t forget to dance!

1-2-3...Let's Count!

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, 1-2-3...Let's Count!, female toddler counting with abacus

Let's count together with these rhymes and stories.


It's Spring Time!

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, It's Spring Time!, Asian baby viewing cherry blossom with grandma

Welcome spring with these rhymes and picture books.

City Living!

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, City Living! Baby and todder communicating

City living can be exciting for small children. These songs, rhymes, and picture books celebrate the hustle and bustle of the city.

Good Morning!

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, Good Morning!, baby waking up smiling.

Start your day together with a smile with these stories, songs, and rhymes. 

Summer Reading Splash!

BPL - FFY, Songs & Rhymes, Summer Reading Splash!, Female Baby playing at the beach

Chill out at the beach or make a splash with these cool summer reads and rhymes.

Brooklyn Artists Shine!

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes: Brookkyn Artists Shine!, todder painting

Get to know some great Brooklyn illustrators! We've paired their books with some fun songs and rhymes.

Celebrate Thanksgiving!

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes: Celebrate Thanksgiving, Baby in a turkey costumn

Yummy, yummy, yummy songs, rhymes, and stories!


Time for a Walk!

BPL - FFY: Songs and Rhymes: Spring- Time for a Walk, Female Black toddler outdoor in the spring

Whether you walk fast or slow, enjoy these stories, songs, and rhymes when you're on the go!

Read, Play, Grow with Songs and Rhymes!

BPL - Read, Play, Grow animal as a toddler playing with wooden blocks, illustrtion from book, When I Miss You

Enjoy these playful books, rhymes and song below which will help your child to grow into a lifelong reader!

Nonsense Fun!

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes: Nonsense Fun!, Black baby giggling

Young children love hearing nonsense stories, rhymes, and songs. They’re fun and they’ll encourage the development of rhyming skills, which will help children get ready to read.

Everybody Has a Body!

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes: Everybody Has a Body, babies dancing

Celebrate your head, shoulders, knees and toes in these stories, songs and rhymes.

One World, Many Stories

BPL - First 5 Years: Summer Reading 2011Enjoy stories, rhymes and songs from around the world.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Toddler with plants, ready to garden

In the spring plant some seeds, visit a garden, go to your local Farmer’s Market, and don’t forget to share some garden stories and rhymes!