Ditty Bird Board Book Collection

Ditty Bird Board Books

Timberdoodle recently sent me a couple of Ditty Bird Board Books to review with my grandkids. Two titles were included in the set: Ditty Bird Children’s Songs and Ditty Bird Learning Songs.

Rachel Reads Aloud

Rachel read the books to her niece and nephew while I took pictures. A few of the songs in the book were already familiar to them, but most they’d never heard before.

Familiar Songs

A musical chip in the book “sings” all the songs, which is Ditty Bird Board Books’ whole schtick. They provide an easy way for pre-readers to “read” a book over and over and over again, even when Mom or Dad — or Aunt Rachel — don’t have time to go through it with them.

Ditty Bird Board Books

That’s a big plus in a lot of parents’ books. Your little ones can “read” in the car while you’re driving or in their crib during nap time or at the table while you’re making dinner. I can definitely see the appeal of that.

Ditty Bird Board Books

The pictures are bright and colorful, too, and each book contains a good variety of songs. Although most were unfamiliar to my grandkids, they were all well known to me: “B-I-N-G-O,” “4 Little Ducks,” “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” “5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed,” “This Old Man,” “The Ants Go Marching One by One,” and many more.

Ten in the Bead

I’d not heard some of these songs since my own childhood, and reading the books brought back fond memories of my own mother singing them with me. It’s been fun getting to share all these childhood songs with the next generation.

Ditty Bird Board Books

The only thing I don’t love about these books? Trying to read them aloud while the sound chip is on. The taped songs only include one verse each, and the tempo doesn’t allow sufficient time to do all the motions — especially when trying to teach them to kids who’ve never done them before.

Ditty Bird Board Books

Fortunately, there’s a tiny on/off switch on the back cover. So my recommendation is to switch it off when reading the book aloud. That will allow you to sing each song at your own pace, as many verses as you like, in a key that feels comfortable, all while incorporating motions where appropriate.

Fun Illustrations

And if you run into a song you don’t already know? Then switch the button back on and let the book teach you the tune. You can listen to it as many times as necessary until you can sing it yourself by rote. 😊

Ditty Bird Board Books

Are you ready to give Ditty Bird Board Books a try yourself? You can get them through Timberdoodle as a 2-book set or as part of their tiny tots curriculum kit.

Sing-Along Lyrics

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  1. That is great that there is an off switch. So many of these types of books don’t have one. It would be so much fun to reminisce with children/grandchildren and share songs from one’s childhood. Thanks for the review!

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