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

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 

Dunk Skunk

Citation: Rex, M. (2005). Dunk skunk. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.Dunk Skunk

Ages: 2-5

Grades: PreK – K

Description: Dunk Skunk is a simple story of animals engaged in different types of sports. Each page depicts the animals in action, and the story is told with simple, two word rhymes such as “Coach Roach” or “Hurdle Turtle.”  The book has bright, large images and text.

Uses: Dunk Skunk’s large text, simple rhyme, and humorous feeling make it an ideal text for a family or toddler storytime. The animals moving in different ways will inspire children to go and play different sports. There are several ways librarians could incorporate actions into storytimes with this text: first, librarians could read the story, and then lead the children in a storytime appropriate sports game, such as quiet ball. Second, librarians could read the story and ask children to mimic the movements of the animals in the story: they can pretend to dunk, to throw a football, etc.

Review Sources:

Roach, J. (2005). Dunk Skunk. School Library Journal, 51(4):110.

Dunk Skunk. (2005). Kirkus Reviews, 73(3), 181.

Tags:  animals, sports, rhyme

The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids

Citation: Purperhart, H. (2008). The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids (1 edition.). Alameda, CA: Hunter House.Yoga Zoo Adventure

Ages: Activities: 4 and up; Book: Grades 12 and up

Grades: PreK and up

Description: The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids is an educator resource for teachers, librarians, and any who work with young children.  The book contains guidelines for parents and teachers on how to teach children yoga, and how to work with a group.  The majority of the book is dedicated to games based upon different animals children would see at the zoo, such as giraffes, zebras, and elephants. The book also details which size group the activity would work best with: a large group, small group, or pair.

Uses:  The Yoga Zoo Adventure is a wonderful resource for teachers and librarians who want to incorporate more movement into their storytimes.  Librarians/teachers could take games out of the book and create a whole program on movement based upon the concept of the zoo visit.  Individual games can also be used and adapted for different storytimes or programs, especially in the place of traditional fingerplays and action rhymes.

Review Sources: none.

Tags: yoga, animals, exercise, games

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

Citation: Power, T. (2009). The ABCs of Yoga for Kids (1st edition edition.). Pacific Palisades, CA: Stafford House.ABC of Yoga for Kids

Ages: 5 and up

Grades: Kindergarten and Up

Description: The ABCs of Yoga for Kids uses the alphabet and rhymes to teach children different yoga poses. The book teachers children fifty-six different poses that encourage flexibility and strength.

Uses:  The ABCs of Yoga for Kids can be used in elementary storytimes or programs, particularly those specifically about movement, health, and exercise. Librarians and teachers can use the book for instruction on how to teach children the poses, or they can read each page as the children move.   can also be used in displays promoting ABCs and health.

Review Sources:

For the Kids. (2009). American Fitness, 27(4), 47.

Tags: non-fiction, yoga, exercise

Animal Action ABC

Citation: Pandell, K., Wolfe, A., & Sheehan, N. (1996). Animal Action ABC. New York: Dutton Children’s Books.Animal Action ABC

Ages:  3 – 7

Grades: PreK – 1

Description:  Animal Action ABC is part ABC concept book, part poem about movement. Each letter of the alphabet is paired with a different action verb and poem that encourages readers and listeners to move in various ways. Each movement and letter is paired with an animal, which is pictured in bright photographs doing the motion. There are also children pictured mimicking the movement as well.

Uses: Animal Action ABC could be used by librarians and teachers as a way to reinforce letter concepts in a non-traditional way. Students can move while learning, which is conducive to some learning styles. The short poems for each letter/movement are conducive to reading aloud in a group or storytime setting. The images allow for use during a program focused on animals, or on ABC concepts. The book can also be used to demonstrate to parents how literacy concepts can be integrated into movement activities. Animal Action ABC would also be well used for programs for teens or adults who are differently abled.

Review Sources:

Animal Action ABC. (1996). Publisher’s Weekly. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-525-45486-1

Search Terms:  concept books, animals, differently-abled 

Pretend You’re a Cat

Citation: Marzollo, J., & Pinkney, J. (1990). Pretend You’re a Cat. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.  Cat

Ages: 4 – 8

Grades: PreK – 8

Description:  Pretend You’re a Cat invites readers and listeners to move like various animals: a cat, a dog, a fish, and a bee. Marzollo uses a repetitive rhyming text to invite children to move along with the story. There are also richly detailed images of children and animals doing the movements throughout the story.

Uses: Pretend You’re a Cat is ideal for a family or young child storytime. The story can be read out loud, and children can participate along with the story.  The images in this story will also draw in listeners with the vibrant images.

Review Sources:

Dibner, E. (1990). Pretend You’re a Cat (Book). School Library Journal 36(7), 63.

Fader, E. (1990). Pretend You’re a Cat. Horn Book Magazine, 66(4), 446-447.

Tags: animals, animal movements, rhyme, diversity, differently-abled

The Hokey Pokey

Citation: La Prise, L., Macak, C. P., Baker, T., & Hamanaka, S. (1996). The hokey pokey. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.The Hokey Pokey

Ages: 4 – 9

Grades: PreK – 3

Description:  In this book, La Prise covers all of the lyrics of the original Hokey Pokey song.  On each page, children and animals dance along to the lyrics of the traditional rhyme.

Uses: La Prise’s text can be used in a preschool or younger elementary storytime or program. Since many children know the rhyme, it would be easy to invite them to join in and move with the story as it is read.  It can also be read to small children who have not heard the Hokey Pokey, or who are learning to distinguish their left from their right.  This could also be used in a program about music, or to perhaps entice a reluctant reader to read.

Review Sources:

Devereaux, E. & Roback, D. (1997). Forecasts: Children’s books. Publisher’s Weekly, 244(1):72.

Morgan, K. (1997). Starred reviews: Books for youth. Booklist, 93(11):940.

Search Terms: dance, rhyme, nursery rhyme, animals, 

Bouncing Time

Citation: Hubbell, P., & Sweet, M. (2000). Bouncing time. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. Bouncing Time

Ages: 0 – 4

Grades: Pre-K

Description: Bouncing Time is the story of a young child and her mother as they take a day trip to the zoo. The pair see different animals at the zoo: tigers tumble, while monkeys somersault.  Eventually the pair bounce home and through the evening activities until bed.  

Uses: Bouncing Time is ideal for a baby/guardian storytime, or a young toddler storytime where parents/guardians are with their children. The book encourages interaction between parents and children. Librarians can read the book and parents can move their babies to the different activities: ex – bounce the baby while the giraffes jump, etc.  For toddlers, librarians can ask them to mimic the movements of the different animals. For this book, librarians should encourage parents/guardians to interact with the children, thus providing not only a storytime activity, but also a chance to share information literacy skills with parents.

Review Sources:

Blair, Janet. (2000). Bouncing Time. School Library Journal, 46(7):80.

Segal, Marta. (2000). Books for youth: Books for Young. Booklist, 96(15); 1469.

Tags: zoo, animals, bouncing, rhyme

Do Like a Duck Does

Citation: Hindley, J., & Bates, I. (2002). Do like a duck does. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press. Do Like a Duck Does

Ages:  0 – 8

Grades: PreK – Grade 1

Description: In Do Like a Duck Does, a mother duck is on a walk with her five ducklings, when suddenly a sixth, tall, furry, brown duck joins the group, claiming he is just another duckling. Mother duck, however, is not convinced. She puts the imposter fox through a number of challenges that ducks could pass with ease: waddling, scuttling, and swimming.  The fox doesn’t pass the tests, proving he is not one of the ducklings.

Uses:  The drama, rhyme, rhythm, and images of Do Like a Duck Does make it a natural choice for toddler and preschool storytimes. Librarians and teachers can get children up and moving by having them prove their duckie prowess and following the Mama Duck’s instructions. Children can pretend to be swimming, etc.  This could be done during the story, or after. This story also lends itself to a simple obstacle course where the children do all of the Mama Duck’s challenges.

Review Sources:

Do Like a Duck Does! (Book). (2002). Kirkus Reviews, 70(2): 105.

Roback, D., Brown, J., Britton, J., & Zaleski, J. (2002).  Do Like a Duck Does! (Book). Publishers Weekly, 249(4):289.

Jones, T., Toth, L., Charnizon, M., Grabarek, D., Larkins, J., & Fleishhacker, J. (2002). Do Like a Duck Does (Book). School Library Journal, 48(4):112.

Search Terms: animals, rhyme, ducks, foxes