Share sounds: Videos & books for early learners

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian

The grasshopper chirpeth, the lamb bleateth, the owl hooteth. Animal sounds are found in so many books and songs for children, including the first-known picture book written for children, published in 1659!  

What makes animal sounds so important that they’ve been taught to young children for centuries? Not only are they fun and engaging to say and hear, but they help kids hear and practice some of the many sounds that make up their language.

Sounds build together to create syllables, which create words. So being able to hear those different sounds and syllables helps kids break down words to decode and understand them when they’re ready to read.

Below are a few activities you can do together to have fun with sounds.

Watch these videos

In this first video, I took a walk around Petrifying Springs Park, and we mimicked the sounds of a lot of things we see. What sounds can you imitate on walks around down? 

In this second video, I made up silly animal sounds. Do fish really go “boop boop boop”? 

Try these activities

Read & listen to these books

Looking for fun books with animal sounds? Try these!

Shelley Harris

About Shelley

Shelley is a children’s librarian with a passion for early literacy, serving and celebrating the disability community, and exploring technology. She can often be found practicing storytime songs with her black lab, Bingo.