Early Lit Bits: “The Babies on the Bus” Book Review

The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz
Here is a new twist on the traditional “Wheels on the Bus” song. Karen Katz has written and illustrated a wonderful new book that will have children begging for a repeat reading. The illustrations are bright and cheery with Katz’s trademark expressive, round headed babies. The verses range from “move on back” to “toot, toot, toot” to “bye-bye, bus!” and audience participation in the movements and singing is highly encouraged. This is a great choice for large storytimes or more intimate sharing. 

Singing develops listening and memory skills and makes repetition easier for young children — it’s easier to remember a short song than a short story. Singing also helps children learn new words and differentiate syllables.

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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