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

The Animal Boogie

Citation: Harter, D. (2000). The animal boogie. New York: Barefoot Books. The Animal Boogie

Ages: 2 – 6

Grades: PreK – Grade 1

Description:  Harter’s The Animal Boogie invites readers and listeners into the jungle to see many of the different animals that live there: bears, monkeys, elephants, and leopards. The animals wiggle and shake throughout the jungle. The book has bright, colorful images of the animals moving about, and includes a musical score to The Animal Boogie.  

Uses: The Animal Boogie is a great book for a music and movement storytime. Librarians and teachers who are more musically inclined can play the tune provided for children, while they shake and wiggle away. Librarians/teachers can read the story and ask children to shake and move along with the different animals, and/or play the song after the story concludes.

Search Terms:

Land, Karen. (2000). The Animal Boogie (Book Review). School Library Journal, 46(12),109.

Decker, Charlotte. (2001).  The Animal Boogie (Book Review). Library Talk, 14(1), 38.

Tags:  rhyme, animals, jungle, dance

Tiptoe Joe

Citation: Gibson, G. F., & Rankin, L. (2013a). Tiptoe Joe. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books. Tiptoe Joe

Ages: 2 – 8

Grades: PreK – Grade 1

Description: In Gibson’s text, readers are introduced to Tiptoe Joe, a large brown bear who has a secret to share. Wearing his red sneakers, Tiptoe Joe walks through the forest inviting the different animals to quietly follow him and see what he has to share. What follows is the story of number of animals, such as a donkey, moose, and owl, trying to tiptoe along. They each make their own noises. The trip eventually ends with Tiptoe Joe showing the animals his new bear cubs.

Uses: Tiptoe Joe is another ideal book for a preschool or toddler storytime. With large pictures of the animals, rhyming text, and the use of onomatopoeia, this book will delight readers and have them wanting to go on the journey with Tiptoe Joe and company.  Librarians can encourage children to tiptoe like each animal in the story, in order to get them up and moving.

Review Sources:

Antezzo, Diane. (2013). Tiptoe Joe. School Library Journal, 59(5):74.

Tiptoe Joe. (2013). Kirkus Reviews, 81(6):137.

Search Terms: animals, rhyme, bears


Citation: Cronin, D., & Menchin, S. (2009). Stretch. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.Stretch

Ages: 0 – 5

Grades: PreK – Kindergarten

Description: Stretch is the third of Cronin’s books that features the same, cheerful, and active dog as Wiggle and Bounce. In Stretch, the dog leads readers and other animal characters first through a yoga class, and then through a variety of other places, such as outer space and in the trees.  The book features the same stylistic bold and bright images as Wiggle and Bounce.

Uses: Similarly to Cronin’s other stories, Stretch is sure to delight toddler and young child storytime audiences. The simple rhyming text and the bright images will capture listener’s attention. The book can be read to students, and students can be invited to stretch along with the animals as they go through the story. Teachers/librarians can also take students through a stretching workout after the book has been read. Wiggle, Bounce, and Stretch can all be used in one program, or separately in a series of storytimes.  

Review Sources

Publisher’s Weekly. (2009). Stretch. Publisher’s Weekly, 256(27):51.

Glasscock, Lisa. (2009). Stretch. School Library Journal, 55(8):73.

Kraus, D. (2009). Stretch. Booklist. pg. 47.

Tags: dogs, animals, stretching, rhyme, Doreen Cronin


Citation: Cronin, D. (2007). Bounce (First Edition edition.). New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.Bounce

Age: 0 – 5

Grades: PreK – Kindergarten

Description:  Featuring the same dog protagonist, Bounce is Cronin’s follow-up to Wiggle. In a similar style to Wiggle, the canine protagonist bounces in a number of places, with a variety of animal friends. The dog bounces in places such as puddles, the market, and the couch.   The book features rhyming texts, and bold, bright cartoon images.

Uses: Just like Wiggle, Bounce is a perfect addition to a preschool or toddler storytime.  Cronin’s nonsensical rhyming text will delight storytime goers. The bright images will entertain children as they bounce along with the canine protagonist.  Librarians/teachers can invite students to bounce during the book, or, an interesting program idea would be to read the story, and then have several scenes from the book set up around the library, where children can go and bounce like the dog in the story.

Review Sources

Kirkus Reviews. (2007). Bounce. Kirkus Reviews, 75(8):388.

Publisher’s Weekly. (2007). Bounce. Publisher’s Weekly, 254(10):59.

Rochman, H. (2007). Bounce. Booklist, 103(14):50-53.

Loch-Wouters, M. (2007). Bounce. School Library Journal, 53(6):96.

Tags: animals, dogs, Doreen Cronin, rhyme 

Dancing Feet!

Citation: Craig, L., & Brown, M. T. (2010). Dancing feet! New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Dancing Feet

Ages: 0-7

Grades: PreK – Kindergarten

Description: Craig’s Dancing Feet! encourages readers to get moving and to guess who is dancing along to the beat of the text through rhymes and images.  The book begins with “Tippity! Tippity! Little black feet! Who is dancing that tippity beat?” with small pictures of feet around the page.  The next page answers that ladybugs are the animals dancing, complete with a full page picture of ladybugs. The book continues in this fashion through a number of animals.

Uses: Dancing Feet!’s rhyming text and large, vibrant collage images make it perfect for a toddler storytime.  The question and answer format of the book will get kids involved in the story, while also encouraging them to dance along.  This book can be used in a program about dance or animals, and librarians/teachers can invite children to dance like each animal while the book is being read, or when it is finished.

Review Sources:

Boudreau, T. (2010). Dancing Feet! (Book Review). School Library Journal, 56(4):122.

Cummins, J. (2010). Dancing Feet! (Book Review). Booklist, 106(15):46.

Kirkus Reviews. (2010). Dancing Feet! (Book Review). Kirkus Reviews, 78(8):359.

Publisher’s Weekly. (2010). Dancing Feet! (Book Review). Publisher’s Weekly, 257(14): 59

Tags: animals, dance, rhyme,

Clap Your Hands

Citation: Cauley, L. B., Weiss, J., G.P. Putnam’s Sons, & South China Printing Co. (1992). Clap Your Hands. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Clap Your Hands

Ages: 0 – 8

Grades: PreK – 1

Description:  Clap Your Hands is a rhyming text that invites readers to move along with the story from cover to cover. Using rhyming words, and bright images of children and animals in colorful costumes, Cauley invites readers to clap their hands, stomp their feet, and roar like a lion.  The whole of the text in the book are commands to move.

Uses:  Clap Your Hands is the perfect addition to any toddler or preschool storytime. The rhyming text encourages children to perform simple actions, which will not only refine motor skills, but will also get them moving for the whole of the book. The bright images will also capture children’s attention. This book could also be used during baby time, with the parents doing the motion to the children/assisting children with the motion, as to encourage parent/child bonding, and to emphasize the importance of physical activity for both parent and child at an early age.

Review Sources:

Zaleski, J. (2001). Children’s NOTES. Publisher’s Weekly, 248(30):78.

Bliss, Liza. (1992). Book Reviews: Preschool & Primary Grades. School Library Journal, 38(7): 57

Kirkus Reviews. (1992). Clap Your Hands. [Review of the book Clap Your Hands]. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from:

Tags: rhyme, animals, diversity,

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Citation: Cabrera, J. (2010). Here We Go Round the Mulberry bush. New York: Holiday House. Mulberry Bush

Ages: 2 and up

Grades: PreSchool – Grade 1

Description: Cabrera’s Here we go round the mulberry bush takes the familiar nursery rhyme and uses it as a framework to tell the story of two puppies, on a cold and frosty day. The storyline and rhyme follow the puppies as they get up, go to school, come home, and eventually go to bed.  The action in the book is depicted in bright, larger than life images.

Use:  The bright images and familiar refrain of Here we go round the mulberry bush make it an ideal book to use in a preschool or toddler storytime.  The familiarity of the text will invite students to join in on the refrain. In order to incorporate physical activity into the storytime, librarians and teachers can get students to act out the old rhyme by doing activities such as: walking in a circle to mimic “going round the mulberry bush” and other activities.  Librarians and teachers can also encourage students to make up their own versions of the rhyme that the whole group can act out.

Review Sources:

Cooper, Ilene. (2010). Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. [Review of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.] Booklist, 107(6):50.

Simpson, Martha. (2010). Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. [Review of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush]. School Library Journal 56(12):92.

Tags: nursery rhymes, puppies, school

The Yoga Game

Citation: Beliveau, K., & Zaman, F. (2012). The Yoga Game. [Vancouver]: Simply Read Books. The Yoga Game

Age: 0-8

Grade: PreK – 2nd

Description: In The Yoga Game, Beliveau uses riddles to teach children the yoga concepts of balance, breath, and focus. The book uses rhymes, as well as the riddles to take children through a whole yoga practice.

Use: The Yoga Game provides librarians with a unique way to engage students while encouraging them to be active, and teaching them different yoga concepts. The book would be idea for a early school-age program that introduces yoga to children. The text could also be used for encouraging less active students to be active in a fun and engaging way.

Review Sources: none

Search Terms: yoga, riddles, guessing games