Citation: Silverman, E., & Karas, G. B. (2000). Follow the Leader. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Grades: Toddlers – Kindergarten
Description: Silverman’s Follow the Leader is the story of two brothers who play “follow the leader” with each other. The book begins with a discussion of who can be the leader first, with the oldest brother assuming the role. The children play several rounds of the game, and then the younger brother becomes the leader. Much of the text in Silverman’s book is the instructions of the game: “Hop when I hop./Skip when I’m skipping./Stop when I stop./Trot like a pony./Squat like a frog./Leap like a rabbit over this log.” The brother’s story and game is accompanied by sketches of the children doing each action.
Uses: Silverman’s Follow the Leader is ideal for an active storytime with toddlers and preschoolers. The direct nature of the text in the story invites readers and listeners to play follow the leader along with the brothers. Librarians and teachers can read the story, and invite children to do the actions as the book as read. The story can then be followed with a game of storytime follow the leader, where the librarian or different children take turns being the leader.
Heppermann, C. M. (2000). Follow the Leader. Horn Book Magazine, 76(5), 558.
Fletcher, C. (2000). Follow the Leader. Booklist, 447.
MacMillan, K. K. (2000). Follow the Leader (Book Review). School Library Journal, 46(10), 137.
Tags: brothers, games
Citation: Shea, Bob. (2015). Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret. New York: Disney-Hyperion
Ages: 5 – 9
Grades: Kindergarten – 3
Description: Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret is a beginning chapter book for early readers that tells the story of two best friends: Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony. One day, Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to find something to do. Sparkles suggests a number of activities such as selling lemonade, playing checkers or making crafts. Ballet Cat originally agrees to all of these activities, but changes her mind, in favor of ballet – the same thing they do everyday. Sparkles agrees, but is obviously not happy about going through the ballet motions as they play. Ballet Cat notices that Sparkles is not happy, and Sparkles eventually tells her that he does not always like to play ballet. The friends learn the importance of being honest that that it’s okay to disagree.
Uses: Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret is an early chapter book for young readers. While the story could be read during storytime, it is most suited for reading with a small group of early elementary students; perhaps a 2nd grade book club. The students and librarians can read through the book, and discuss the importance of being an individual, and that it is okay to like different things. Librarians can use this book and discussion as a catalyst for each student to demonstrate and show their favorite activity, and for the whole group to join along. Each student can teach the group their favorite activity: ballet, jumping, running, etc, for a movement filled young book club.
Burg, R. (2015). Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret. School Library Journal, 61(5), 94.
The Totally Secret Secret. (2015). Kirkus Reviews, 83(6), 201.
Tags: animals, book-club books, ballet, friendship
Citation: Shardlow, G. & Gedzyk, ,E. (2013). Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story. Boston: Kids Yoga Stories.
Ages: 4 – 8
Grades: PreK – 1
Description: Shardlow’s Good Night Animal World is a bedtime story that use different animal – based yoga poses to help children wind-down and relax. Each pose is accompanied by both a picture of the animal, and a picture of a child doing the corresponding pose. Animals included are: sloth, giraffe, butterfly, and echidna. Similarly to the familiar Good Night, Moon, Good Night Animal World ends each page by saying good night to the specific animal.
Uses: Even though Good Night Animal World is a bedtime book, librarians and teachers can use the book for inspiration on how to incorporate yoga movements into storytimes about animals. Good Night Animal World can also be used in displays. Librarians can also recommend this book to parents and guardians who are seeking bedtime stories for their children.
Review Sources: None.
Search Terms: animals, animal movements, yoga, sloths, books for bedtime
Citation: Seder, R. B. (2009). Waddle! New York: Workman Pub.
Ages: 0- 5
Grades: Babies – PreK
Description: In Waddle! Seder asks readers if they can move like a variety of animals: “Can you hop like a frog?/ Can you Waddle like a penguin?” Each question is accompanied by an image of the animal performing the specific action. The animal images are acetate paper overlayed on board pages, and when the pages are turned, the image gives the appearance that the animal is moving. Unlike Seder’s other scanimation books, the animal images in Waddle! are in color. These images are paired with a colorful, bright rhyming text.
Uses: Librarians, teachers, and other adults can use Seder’s Waddle! in a storytime programs for babies and toddlers. The simple text will automatically engage readers and listeners, and librarians can get children moving by encouraging them to mimic the movement of the particular animal after each page is read. The book is best used in a small group storytime, so all children can see the colorful scanimation images and their movement. The book can also be used to teach simple movement concepts to children within the context of a storytime based on animals, farm animals, or any related topic. The scanimation images will also draw attention to the book, which make it ideal for a display. If on display, the direct nature of the text can engage children on an individual basis.
Lilien-Harper, A. (2010). Waddle!. School Library Journal, 56(1), 81-82
Waddle!. (2009). Publisher’s Weekly, 256(42), 54.
Search Terms: animals, animal movements, rhyme
Citation: Seder, R. B. (2008b). Swing!: A Scanimation Picture Book. New York: Workman Pub.
Grades: Babies – Kindergarten
Description: Seder’s follow up book to the previously mentioned Gallop! focuses on children in motion. Swing! asks readers if they can perform a variety of sports-themed activities, such as: running, kicking a ball, and swinging a bat. The book features vibrantly-colored rhyming text in contrast with black and white scanimation images. The images are acetate paper overlays on board pages, that give the illusion of movement.
Uses: Seder’s Swing! is ideal for a sport-themed storytime with young children. The book is best used in small group settings, so all readers can see the movement in the images. Librarians and adults can read the book with children, teaching them the concepts of each action and each sport. Children can then be lead in the movements, or in small group sporting activities. For example, a librarian could read the story, and then lead students in a game of catch with foam balls. This could be done with many of the different activities in the book. Librarians and adults could also ask students to mimic each action along with the book text. Swing!’s scanimation images will help capture attention and demonstrate sport and movement concepts to children. In addition to children, the book would be ideal for engaging reluctant readers who have an interest in sports and teens and adults who are differently-abled.
Swing!. (2008). Publishers Weekly, 255(38), 58.
Seder, R. B. (n.d). Swing!
Search Terms: baseball, sports, differently-abled, rhyme
Citation: Seder, R. B. (2007). Gallop! / A Scanimation Picture Book. New York: Workman Pub.
Ages: 0 – 5
Grades: Babies – PreK
Description: Gallop! /A Scanimation Picture Book encourages readers to gallop, swing, run, and jump like a variety of different animals. Seder brings the animals’ action to life with paper over board page images and a pull tab that readers can move to make the animal look as though it is moving. The black and white images are paired with brightly colored rhyming text to create a visually appealing and engaging book for babies and toddlers.
Uses: Seder’s Gallop!/A Scanimation Picture Book can be effectively used in a small group baby or toddler time. The moving images will capture children’s attention, and the rhyming text explicitly engages them in mimicking the animals’ movements. This book can also be used to introduce movement concepts to young children in small group or individual settings. Children can see the animals’ movement, and then mimic on their own. This title could also be used to engage differently-abled elementary children or teens. The technology used in the book also make it ideal for display; and with the direct nature of the questions in the text (“Can you slide like a chimp?”) adults and children reading independently may mimic on their own. Also, this book should be considered for use in teaching parents/guardians information literacy skills and ways to engage their young child with books and reading at a young age. Librarians can use books that promote activity, with obvious engagement and appeal factors, to teach ways to engage with the text.
Just, J. (2008). GALLOP!. New York Times Book Review, 21.
Seder, R. B. (n.d). Gallop!
Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book. (2007). Publishers Weekly, 254(47), 52.
Search Terms: scanimation, animals, animal movements, parents and children, rhyme, differently-abled
Citation: Scrivan, M. N. (2008). Dogi the Yogi. Outbox Media.
Ages: 4 – 8
Grades: PreK – 1
Description: Meet Dogi, a bright yellow dog who enjoys yoga. In this book, Dogi introduces children to a variety of different yoga poses; including the wheel pose, lion pose, and shivasana. Each pose is accompanied by a drawing of Dogi doing the pose, as well as rhyming text that explains the pose and its benefits.
Uses: The bright pictures, and simple, rhyming text of Dogi the Yogi make it an ideal resource for introducing children to yoga in a group storytime. Librarians and teachers can read each page, and lead children through the different poses along with Dogi. This book would also be well used in a family storytime, so that librarians and teachers can teach both parents and children yoga together. Dogi the Yogi’s inviting cover will also make this book ideal for display.
Review Sources: none.
Tags: yoga, animals, rhyme
Citation: Schwarzenegger, A., & Gaines, C. (1993). Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages 6 – 10: A Guide to Health, Exercise, and Nutrition. New York: Doubleday.
Grades: K – 5
Description: Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages 6-10: A Guide to Health, Exercise, and Nutrition is a guide to staying active and healthy eating for elementary aged children. The book includes instructions for simple, age-appropriate exercises, complete with pictures and line drawings.
Uses: Librarians and teachers can use Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages 6-10, as inspiration for including appropriate exercises and activities into elementary aged programs. The book can also be used in book talks and book displays for elementary aged children. The text may also be useful for developing active programming for differently-abled adults and teens.
Morning, T. (1993). Book review: Grades 3-6. School Library Journal, 39(8), 183.
Tags: non-fiction, exercise, differently-abled
Citation: Schwarzenegger, A., & Gaines, C. (1993). Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages Birth-5: A Guide to Health, Exercise, and Nutrition. New York: Doubleday.
Ages: birth – 5
Description: Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages Birth – 5: A Guide to Health, Exercise, and Nutrition is a guide to the basics of health and exercise for young children. The book, targeted more towards adults who care for young children, also provides age appropriate exercises with instructional pictures and line drawings. The book emphasizes the importance of fun and play as crucial in teaching children to love exercise. Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages Birth – 5 is the first in a trilogy of books aimed at promoting exercise and nutrition to children.
Uses: Librarians, teachers, and other adults can use Arnold’s Fitness for Kids as a guide for planning age specific programming that promotes health and nutrition. Librarians can teach children the exercises provided within, and can share concepts of exercise with children. The book can also be used during a family storytime, to teach parents more about nutrition and children’s health. The text can also be used in displays during Read and Reach themed storytimes, and in parenting guides.
Review Sources: none.
Tags: exercise, non-fiction, parents and children
Citation: Scarry, R. (2004). The Rooster Struts. New York: Golden Books.
Description: Scarry’s The Rooster Struts is a simple story that introduces readers to different animals and the concepts of how they move. Sentences are short and the images are large, which lends to a young child storytime. Different animals are mentioned, including roosters, chicks, bears, and ants.
Uses: The Rooster Struts can be used in a baby or toddler storytime. The simple pictures and short sentences lend to reading for large groups. Teachers and librarians can read each sentence, and then ask the children to mimic each animal’s movements.
Review Sources: The Rooster Struts. (n.d.). Publisher’s Weekly. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-375-83006-8
Search Terms: animals, animal movements, concept books