Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs

Citation: Reid, R. (2007). Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs. Chicago: American Library Association.Something Musical Happened at the Library

Ages: storytime ages; Book intended for librarians and adults

Grades: all grades: book for librarians

Description: Something Musical Happened at the Library is a resource for librarians and educators who want to incorporate more music into their storytimes. The book includes whole storytime lesson plans, as well as song lyrics and other resources. Something Musical Happened at the Library also includes a list of references and books that librarians and teachers can use to incorporate more music into their storytimes.

Uses: Something Musical Happened at the Library can be used by librarians to incorporate more music into their storytimes. The lesson plans within are perfect for young child or family storytimes. Many of the songs in the lesson plans require children to move and dance to the melody or to different instructions.  

Review Sources:

Glantz, S. (2008). Something Musical Happened at the LIbrary: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs. Library Media Connection, 26(4), 93.

Helmer, D. (2007). Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs. Booklist, 104(5), 87.

Margarida, D M. (2008). Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs. School Library Journal, 54(1), 160.

Tags: educator resource 

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, 

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

Jazzmatazz!

Citation: Calmenson, S., & Degen, B. (2008). Jazzmatazz! New York, NY: HarperCollins Childrens Books. jazzmatazz

Ages: 2-8

Grades: PreSchool – Grade 2

Description: With rhyming text, Calmenson tells the story of what happens when a piano playing mouse enters into a house on a cold, winter’s day.  Eventually, the piano playing mouse has the whole family, then the whole town making music. The characters dance, sing, and fiddle throughout the town, and throughout the book.

Use:The rhyming and sing-song nature of the text makes Calmenson’s Jazzmatazz! a great storytime option. The book can be used as part of a larger program about music and/or dance. Teachers and librarians can read the book, then give students instruments, so they can parade around and dance to their own music.  Teachers and librarians can also play jazz music for students to dance along.

Review Sources:

Kirkus Reviews. (2007). Jazzmatazz! [Review of the book Jazzmatazz!]. Kirkus Reviews, 75(23):1243

Hutley, Krista. (2008). Jazzmatazz! [Review of the book Jazzmatazz}. Booklist, 104 (9/10):94.

Dean, Kara. (2008). Jazzmatazz! [Review of the book Jazzmatazz!] School Library Journal,  54(3):155

Tags: animals, mice, jazz, children, dance