Citation: Ayres, K. (2008). Up, down, and around. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
Ages: 2 – 5
Grades: PreK – Kindergarten
Description: Up, Down, and Around is a wonderful introduction to gardening and planting food. The book pairs simple, rhythmic text with vibrant images of children exploring the growth of crops such as corn and pumpkins in a garden.
Use: Up, Down, and Around is a story that can be used for preschool or toddler storytimes. Children can be encouraged to mimic the growth patterns of the plants highlighted in the book.
Review Sources: none found.
Tags: plants, gardening, rhyme
Citation: Thompson, L. (2012). Hop, hop, jump! New York, NY: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
Age: 3 – 8
Description: Hop, Hop, and Jump!, with its bright illustrations and rhythmic text, is sure to get kids up and moving. Each page features children demonstrating different activities, such as jumping, twisting, hopping, and waggling. Thompson’s text also emphasizes each body part used to carry out each movement.
Uses: Hop, Hop, Jump! is a perfect text for use with toddlers and elementary students during storytime. The bright colors and rhyming text will capture children’s attention. Children can be encouraged to move along with the characters, and identify the body parts the characters in the story are moving.
Review Sources: None found
Tags: exercise, diversity, rhyme
Citation: Boynton, S. (1993). Barnyard dance!. Workman Publishing Co.
Ages: 1 – 4
Description: Boynton’s Barnyard Dance! is one of the best selling children’s books of all time. With it’s catchy rhymes, playful illustrations, and funky dance steps, Barnyard Dance! invites readers and listeners onto the farm for a hoedown. Readers can join the farm animals, including cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, and bunnies for a lively square dance.
Uses: Barnyard Dance! is a great book for teaching students about animals through a dance-centric storytime. Librarians/teachers can read the story and ask children to shake and move along with the different animals.
(1994). Barnyard Dance! (Book Review). Parents.
Barnyard Dance! (Book Review). Publishers Weekly.
Tags: rhyme, animals, dance, animal movements
Citation: Hinder, S. (2017). Yoga Bug: Poses for Little Ones. Boulder, CO: Sounds True.
Ages: 2 – 4
Description: Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones guides children through ten yoga poses named after insects. The poses are demonstrated to the reader through illustrations of children and insects.
Uses: Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones could be used in a specifically yoga based program, as a guide. Librarians and teachers could use the book to instruct children in different poses. It is also perfect for introducing yoga during a young child or family storytime. The book’s text and illustrations invite readers to move along with the insects, and provide instructions for how to perform the moves.
Review Sources: none.
Tags: non-fiction, yoga, animals, parents and children
Citation: Van Fleet, M. (2017). Dance. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Ages: 2 and up
Grades: PreK – Up
Description: In Dance, a baby chick learns how to dance from a friendly band of animals. The book includes jazzy rhymes such as “First thing Chickie Baby just wiggle your hips, and do the Hippopota Hula it goes like this:” that are paired with bright images of animals dancing.
Uses: With its jazzy text and vibrant art, this interactive board book is sure to get kids dancing along! This book can be used in a program or storytime about dance or animals, and librarians/teachers can invite children to dance like each animal while the book is being read.
Dance. (2017). Kirkus Reviews.
Tags: animals, dance, rhyme, children
Citation: Boynton, S. (2016). Dinosaur Dance! New York, NY: Little Simon Books.
Ages: 1 – 6
Grades: PreSchool – 2nd
Description: Dinosaur Dance! encourages readers to dance along with prehistoric creatures in this interactive, fun board book.
Uses: This board book can be used by parents or teachers to promote physical activity among young readers. Readers can mimic the dances performed by the dinosaurs in the book, learn the names of different types of dinosaurs, and learn about colors.
Review Sources: none.
Search Terms: rhyme, animals, animal movements, dance, differently-abled
Citation: Raffi. (1987). Shake My Sillies Out. New York, NY: Crown Publishers.
Ages: 3 months – 3
Description: In Shake My Sillies Out, animals and campers in woods at Camp Mariposa are struck by the urge to shake, clap, jump, waggle, and eventually go to sleep.
Uses: This book can be used by parents and teachers to engage children through interactive songs paired with movements. The rhythm, rhyming text, and repetitive phrases used throughout the book make it ideal for babies and toddlers.
Review Sources: none.
Tags: dance, rhyme, parents and children, animals
Citation: Schofield-Morrison, C. (2014). I Got the Rhythm. New York: Bloomsbury.
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.
I GOT THE RHYTHM. (2014). Kirkus Reviews, 82(9), 107-108.
Tags: diversity, differently-abled, music
Citation: Slobodkina, E. (1947). Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and their Monkey Business. New York: Harper & Row.
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.
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
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.
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