Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Citation:  Christelow, E. (1989). Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. New York: Clarion House.  

Ages: 0 – 6

Grades:  PreKindergarten – 1st Grade

Description:  Christelow’s Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed is a classic book about counting. The monkeys jump on the bed and fall off one by one, until there are no monkeys left.

Uses: This book is a storytime classic! The rhyming text and repetitive phrases make this an idea book for young child and/or toddler storytime.  Librarians can make this book active by getting children to act out the monkey’s movements.  Children can jump with the monkeys jump, and make monkey movements during the book.

Review Sources:

Camarata, C., Jones, T. E., Gale, D., & Suhr, V. M. (1989). Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (Book). School Library Journal, 35(11), 62.

Tags: concept books, counting, monkeys, rhyme, animals, jumping

Bearobics: A Hip-Hop Counting Story

Citation: Parker, V., & Bolam, E. (1997). Bearobics: A Hip-Hop Counting Story. New York: Viking.bearobics

Ages: 3-8

Grades: PreK – 2

Description: In Bearobics: A Hip-Hop Counting Story, a single bear takes his boom-box into the forest. As he plays his music, more and more animals join the fun, each doing their own dance.  As the animals join in, children are introduced to different numbers and number concepts.

Uses: Bearobics: A Hip-Hop Counting Story could be read during a toddler or family storytime to reinforce or introduce number and counting concepts to children. The rhythm of the story invites students to dance along with the animals. Teachers and librarians can read the story, and then play music for the students to do their own Bearobics.

Review Sources:

Devereaux, E., & Roback, D. (1996). Forecasts: Children’s books. Publisher’s Weekly, 243(51), 58.

Townsend-Hudson, S. (1997). Books for youth: Books for the young. Booklist, 93(12), 1028.

Tags: concept books, bears, animals, numbers