Mother Goose Time Pathfinder
Library Programs with Books and Babies

Picture of Mother Goose with Humpty Dumpty,
		 Little Bo Peep, Three Blind Mice, and The Cat and the Fiddle

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Library programming for our youngest patrons can be a children's librarian's most daunting task--yet many who present Mother Goose Times say that these "Books and Babies" programs often turn out to be both rewarding work and delightful play. Through songs, rhymes, simple stories, and lots of clapping, Mother Goose Time develops babies' language and literacy skills, helping to prepare them to become children who enjoy reading books and visiting libraries!

It is my hope that you will enjoy visiting this site. May it link you to information that provides inspiration as you plan programs that educate and entertain infants and toddlers.



This pathfinder is intended for children's librarians and others working in public library children's services, who would like to learn more about Mother Goose Time, who would like to start or enhance their own "Books and Babies" programs. Other users might include parents, caregivers, social services professionals, and literacy advocates. This pathfinder focuses on resources to help one prepare a Mother Goose TIME, not upon Mother Goose history or the rhymes themselves. One looking for such is encouraged to visit the Internet Public Library's "Pathfinder: Nursery Rhymes" site, available at In addition, this Mother Goose Time Pathfinder does not highlight infant development or emergent literacy, though an understanding of both will better inform one's planning.


Browsing Areas

Library of Congress
GR430-487 (Folklore relating to private life--Including dreams, love, children, nursery rhymes, etc.)
GV1199-1570 (Games and amusements)
Z719-725 (Libraries {General})

Dewey Decimal
027 (General Libraries)
398 (Folklore)

793 (Indoor games and amusements)


Subject Headings

Babysitters--Services for
Books and Reading
Child development
Children's libraries--Activity programs--United States
Educational Games
Infants--Books and reading
Infants--Services for
Libraries and caregivers
Libraries and families--United States
Libraries and infants--United States
Libraries and preschool children--United States
Libraries and toddlers--United States
Libraries--Services to infants--United States
Libraries--Services to toddlers--United States
Mother Goose
Nursery Rhymes
Parent and child
Preschool children--Books and reading
Public Libraries--Services to preschool children
Public Libraries--United States
Reading--(Early childhood)
Reading--Parent participation


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This site began in December 2002 and was last updated on July 9, 2003.