Friday, September 12, 2014

Benjamin’s Book Of Songs (Bedtime Songs for Toddlers)

Editor’s Note: I posted this a year ago but I was fixing a typo and it go bumped to the front of the blog queue. 

Back when Ben was going through the worst of his toddler angst stage (which is ongoing, I might add), he pulled off his diaper and left the pee-soaked article smack dab on top of his song book.

When I discovered this present sometime later, the pages had taken on a rather unpleasant eau de urine.

Time for a new Bedtime Book of Songs:

This is a
Shutterfly photo album - sans pictures. I was originally worried about the process of importing a large amount of text into a template that is primarily for photos, but the process was surprisingly easy and straight forward.

We've modified the song list a bit but the core members remain unchanged. Hard to go wrong with Twinkle, Twinkle and You are my Sunshine.

I typically bypass the additional stickers and badges, preferring a more modern (sparse) look to my albums, but given the amount of text, it was fun to add occasional colorful elements throughout the album.

Huggie Boo is the song we always sing when all the other songs and books are done for the day. Ben was really offended that BaileyDog wasn't included in the list of family members so the pup has since been added although it he didn't make it into the book. Maybe for the third edition. Although I'm hoping that this version lasts longer than the first one.

Shutterfly needs to come out with a water/pee-resistant product, clearly. 

Here is the full song list:

A Little Drop of Rain
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Grand Old Duke of York
Baby Mine (from Dumbo)
You Are My Sunshine
Star Spangled Banner (Go ‘Merica!)
Power of Two - by the Indigo Girls (my personal favorite)
I’m A Little Teapot
Row Row Row Your Boat
Wimoweh (In the Jungle) (Chris’ personal favorite)
This Old Town - by Nanci Griffith
The Going To Bed Book - by Sandra Boynton
Edelweiss - from the Sound of Music
Turn Around (Where are you going my little one?)
Wabash Cannonball
Angel From Montgomery - by Bonnie Raitt
Roll On Columbia - WA’s state folk song - by Woody Guthrie
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Puff The Magic Dragon
Amazing Grace
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
Silent Night (yay Christmas music!)
Working on the Railroad
Low Bridge, Everybody Down (Ben’s current favorite)
You Can Close Your Eyes
Hickory Dickory Dock (The Cat Ran Up the Clock)
Good Morning Song (see lyrics below)
Frere Jacques (I butcher the french every time)
Morningtown Ride
Tender Shepard (My mom sang this to me a lot as a wee tyke)
This Old Man (He played knick nack on my thumb..)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
I’ll Love You Forever (I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be)
Rock A Bye Baby
The Hippopotamus Song
Golden Slumbers
Huggie Boo (Ohhhh, I love you - this is from preschool - we’ve modified it slightly)



This is the song that parents and kids would sing during circle time at Ben’s little preschool last year. It was a really neat routine: kids would arrive, we’d sing the song together, and then parents would depart while the kids dived into their activity of the day. Obviously, it’s not a bedtime song but I was afraid I’d forget the lyrics so included them in the book:  

The Good Morning Song

Morning has come
Night is away
Rise of the sun 
And welcome the day

Morning has come
Night is away
Rise of the sun 
And welcome the day

Good morning dear sun, 
Good morning dear earth, 
Good morning great wide world

The earth is firm beneath my feet
The shun shines bright above
And here I stand so straight and tall
All things to know and love

Good morning dear Benjamin