Imagination Library Book Activity for My First Songs

Dolly Parton’s Imagination LibraryBOOK TITLE: My First Songs
AUTHOR: Tomie dePaola

SUMMARY OF BOOK: This brightly-colored board book contains ten popular nursery rhymes with familiar tunes and motions. Download this Activity Sheet in PDF.


Ask questions and use what the child already knows to add to the discussion, assisting the child in understanding and enjoying the book.

  1. Look at the cover together, looking at each child: “What is she/he doing?” Point out that arms are raised, eyes are closed, etc.
  2. Let your child explore the book, opening and shutting it, holding it, turning the pages.


  1. The important thing here is to have your child experience the rhymes, the “music” of the rhymes. Sing the pages.
  2. Add the motions: snoring; wiggling, “running” fingers; pat-a-cake; sticking a feather in his cap, etc.
  3. Try going round the Mulberry Bush, ring around the Rosie, all falling down while singing.
  4. Talk about the pictures: “Who’s going round the Mulberry Bush?” “Where’s the little dog?” “Why is the farmer’s wife running?”
  5. Help your child see that reading is like having a conversation with the book.


  1. When it’s raining, sing those nursery rhymes. When you’re putting on your shoes, do 1-2. Find opportunities to repeat the rhymes.
  2. If your child seemed to prefer one of the rhymes over the others, go back and spend extra time on it.
  3. If you know other rhymes, add them to the repertoire. All this singing and rhyming is great for your baby to hear.

Compliments of: Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Created by: Students at the University of Alaska Anchorage

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