I Got the Rhythm

Citation: Schofield-Morrison, C. (2014). I Got the Rhythm. New York: Bloomsbury. I got the rhythm

Ages: 0 – 8

Grades: PreK – 2nd

Description: In I Got the Rhythm, a young girl and her mother go for a walk in a park in their vibrant, urban community. As they walk, the girl notices the rhythm of everything around her. She smells it, sees it, and hears it. The book ends with a gigantic dance party with everyone in the community.

Uses: The bright images and playful text of I Got the Rhythm makes this book a great choice for a young child or toddler storytime. Librarians can engage students by asking them to act out the different dances and movements on each page. This book is also idea for a storytime or program that incorporates many different dances and songs. Each song and dance can be a continuation of the story.

Review Sources:

I GOT THE RHYTHM. (2014). Kirkus Reviews, 82(9), 107-108.

Tags: diversity, differently-abled, music

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and their Monkey Business

Citation: Slobodkina, E. (1947). Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and their Monkey Business. New York: Harper & Row. Caps for Sale

Ages: 2 – 9

Grades: 1st – 3rd

Description:  Caps for Sale is the story of a cap peddler who settles down to take a nap under a tree. While he sleeps, monkeys steal his caps.

Uses: Caps for Sale is a classic children’s book that can be adapted into a movement filled storytime for younger elementary age children or toddlers. Librarians can encourage children to act like monkeys during the story, by making monkey movements, or pretending like they are climbing trees. This story could also be adapted into a game or activity where children walk around the library or storytime space looking for caps.

Review Sources:

Kirkus Reviews. (n.d). Caps for Sale. Retrieved from: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/esphyr-slobodkina-3/caps-for-sale/

Tags: monkeys, animals, hats

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

Sleepy Little Yoga

Citation: Whitford, R., & Selway, M. (2007). Sleepy Little Yoga. London: Hutchinson.Sleepy Little Yoga

Ages: 0 – 4

Grades: Babies – PreKindergarten

Description:  Sleepy Little Yoga presents a yoga sequence meant to help toddlers relax before a nap or bedtime.  The story follows Yoga Babies as they do yoga poses meant to mimic various nighttime animals, such as bats, owls, and foxes.  The book includes pictures of children in the different poses, as well as tips for yoga practice and explanations of each pose.

Uses: Sleepy Little Yoga can be used during toddler storytime as a way to get children to settle down. Librarians can read the story, and then encourage adults/caregivers to help children do the different motions along with yoga baby. Sleepy Little Yoga is certainly best used in a toddler storytime program where adults/guardians interact with the toddlers.  The book can also be used in displays and recommended to parents who are looking for active ways to settle their child down when it is time to rest.

Review Sources:

Oliver, S. (2007). Sleepy Little Yoga: A Toddler’s Sleepy Book of Yoga. School Library Journal, 53(3), 202.

Talen, N. (2007). Little Yoga and Sleepy Little Yoga. Ascent Magazine, 35, 62-63.

Search Terms: yoga, parents and children, books for bedtime

Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga

Little YogaCitation: Whitford, R., & Selway, M. (2005). Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga. New York: Henry Holt and Co.

Ages: 0-4

Grades: PreSchool

Description: Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga, is an illustrated guide to simple yoga poses for young children. The book pairs drawings of children doing different poses with actual photos of children demonstrating each pose. The book also contains a note, with safety tips and advice  to parents and adults who are interested in using yoga with toddlers.

Uses: Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga can be used by librarians and teachers to demonstrate yoga poses to young children. While the book is not conducive to storytimes, it can be used in conjunction with another book, either in displays, or in a book talk. Librarians and teachers can suggest this title to adults and caregivers who are interested in yoga for their children.

Review Sources:

Engberg, G. (2005). Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga. Booklist, 102(3), 60.

Tabuchi, D. (2005). Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga. School Library Journal, 51(11), 122.

Talen, N. (2007). Little Yoga and Sleepy Little Yoga. Ascent Magazine, (35), 62-63.

Search Terms: yoga, animals, parents and children, differently-abled, non-fiction

How Can You Dance?

Citation: Walton, R., & López-Escrivá, A. (2001). How Can You Dance? New York: Putnam’s.How Can You Dance?

Ages: 0 – 8

Grades: PreSchool – 3

Description:  With rhyming text, How Can You Dance? asks children how they move and dance, and then compares it to the movement of an animal. For example, the book asks “How can you dance as you swim in a pool? Dance like a frog, feeling fine, keeping cool.”  After each rhyming line, the book includes instructions on how to move like the animal example.

Uses:  With its rhyming text and question and answer style, this book is sure to get kids off their feet! The book can be used in storytime to get kids moving, and can be used with differently abled adults and children.

Review Sources:

Cooper, I. (2001). How Can You Dance? (Book Review). Booklist, 1897.

Jones, T.E., Toth, L., Charnizon, M., Grabarek, D., Larkins, J., & Ceraldi, G. (2001). How Can You Dance? (Book Review). School Library Journal, 47(7), 90.

Roback, D., Brown, J. M., & Britton, J. (2001). How Can You Dance? (Book Review). Publishers Weekly, 248(24),85.

Search Terms: rhyme, animals, animal movements, dance, diversity, differently-abled 

Follow the Leader

Citation: Silverman, E., & Karas, G. B. (2000). Follow the Leader. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.Follow the Leader

Ages: 0-6

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.

Review Sources:

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

 

Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story

Citation: Shardlow, G. & Gedzyk, ,E. (2013). Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story. Boston: Kids Yoga Stories.Goodnight Animal World

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

Waddle!

Citation: Seder, R. B. (2009). Waddle! New York: Workman Pub.Waddle

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.

Review Sources:

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

Swing!: / A Scanimation Picture Book

Citation: Seder, R. B. (2008b). Swing!: A Scanimation Picture Book. New York: Workman Pub.Swing!

Ages: 0-8

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.

Review Sources:

Swing!. (2008). Publishers Weekly, 255(38), 58.

Seder, R. B. (n.d). Swing!

Search Terms: baseball, sports, differently-abled, rhyme