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 

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

Gallop! / A Scanimation Picture Book

Citation: Seder, R. B. (2007). Gallop! / A Scanimation Picture Book. New York: Workman Pub.Gallop!

Ages: 0 – 5

Grades: Babies – PreK

Description:  Gallop! /A Scanimation Picture Book encourages readers to gallop, swing, run, and jump like a variety of different animals. Seder brings the animals’ action to life with paper over board page images and a pull tab that readers can move to make the animal look as though it is moving. The black and white images are paired with brightly colored rhyming text to create a visually appealing and engaging book for babies and toddlers.

Uses:  Seder’s Gallop!/A Scanimation Picture Book can be effectively used in a small group baby or toddler time. The moving images will capture children’s attention, and the rhyming text explicitly engages them in mimicking the animals’ movements.  This book can also be used to introduce movement concepts to young children in small group or individual settings. Children can see the animals’ movement, and then mimic on their own. This title could also be used to engage differently-abled elementary children or teens.  The technology used in the book also make it ideal for display; and with the direct nature of the questions in the text (“Can you slide like a chimp?”) adults and children reading independently may mimic on their own.  Also, this book should be considered for use in teaching parents/guardians information literacy skills and ways to engage their young child with books and reading at a young age. Librarians can use books that promote activity, with obvious engagement and appeal factors, to teach ways to engage with the text.

Review Sources:

Just, J. (2008). GALLOP!. New York Times Book Review, 21.

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

Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book. (2007). Publishers Weekly, 254(47), 52.

Search Terms: scanimation, animals, animal movements, parents and children, rhyme, differently-abled 

The Rooster Struts

Citation: Scarry, R. (2004). The Rooster Struts. New York: Golden Books.The Rooster Struts

Ages: 0-5

Grades: PreK

Description:  Scarry’s The Rooster Struts is a simple story that introduces readers to different animals and the concepts of how they move. Sentences are short and the images are large, which lends to a young child storytime. Different animals are mentioned, including roosters, chicks, bears, and ants.

Uses:  The Rooster Struts can be used in a baby or toddler storytime.  The simple pictures and short sentences lend to reading for large groups. Teachers and librarians can read each sentence, and then ask the children to mimic each animal’s movements.

Review Sources: The Rooster Struts. (n.d.). Publisher’s Weekly. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-375-83006-8

 

Search Terms:  animals, animal movements, concept books

If You’re Hoppy

Citation: Sayre, A. P., & Urbanovic, J. (2011). If You’re Hoppy. New York: Greenwillow Books.Hoppy

Ages: 0-7

Grades: PreK – Kindergarten

Description: Based upon the song “If You’re Happy and You Know It”,  Sayre and Urbanovic introduce readers to different animals and their actions. The book begins “If you’re hoppy and you know it you’re a frog!”  and continues through other animals such as bunnies and crickets and their traits, like sloppy and growly. At different intervals in the book children are asked to “stretch your toes” or “ swing your wings.”  The book also features bright, cartoon-style images.

Uses: If You’re Hoppy and You Know It is ideal for a toddler and early elementary storytime. Children at this age may be familiar with the “If you’re happy and you know it” song, which may add to the appeal of the book for children.  Teachers and librarians can read the story for  during storytime, and then invite children to move and hop along with the animals.  In addition to reading the story, librarians and teachers can lead the children in a rendition of “If You’re Happy and You Know It” that includes movement and physical activity such as hopping, jumping, or running in place.

Review Sources:

Cruze, K. (2011). If You’re Hoppy. Booklist, 107(13), 63.

Ludke, L. (2011). If You’re Hoppy. School Library Journal, 57(1), 82-84.

Tags: animals, animal movements, jumping, rabbits

Move!

Citation: Page, R.  and Jenkins, S. (2006). Move! Boston Mass.: HMH Books for Young Readers.Move!

Ages: 3-9

Grades: PreK – 3

Description: In Move! readers are introduced to a number of animals, and how they move. Whales dive, gibbons swing, and snakes slither. The book also features a description of each animal and its habits.  The book is illustrated in with large, colorful images of each animal, with text mirroring how the animals move.

Uses: Move! is ideal for a preschool or family storytime. It could also be read to younger elementary school children in conjunction with a science lesson about animals. The description of how the animals move begs children and other listeners to get up and mimic the movements. Librarians and teachers can ask students to mimic the movements during the story, or after during an activity. The facts about each animal in the story make the book ideal for a lesson about animals for younger children.

Review Sources:

Carter, B. (2006). Move!. Horn Book Magazine, 82(3), 344.

DeCandido, G. (2006). Move!. Booklist, 102(14), 50.

Glantz, S. (2007). Move!. Library Media Connection, 25(4), 77.

Move!. (2006). School Library Journal, 52:32.

Weitz, S. (2006). Move!. School Library Journal, 52(6):136.

Move!.(2006). Kirkus Reviews, 74(7), 349.

Move!. (2006). New York Times Book Review, 15.

Tags: animal movements,  animals, non-fiction, 

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

One, Two, Three, Jump!

Citation: Lively, P., & Ormerod, J. (1999). One, two, three, jump! New York: M.K. McElderry Books.One two three jump

Ages: 2 – 8

Grades: PreK – 1

Description:   In One, Two, Three, Jump! a young frog sets out on an adventure to see the world around him. He is watched by a dragonfly, who keeps him safe on his adventure. On several instances, the dragonfly has to tell the frog to “one, two, three, jump” to safety.  Eventually, the dragonfly leads the frog back to the safety of his pond.

Use:  One, Two, Three, Jump! is a story that can be used for preschool or toddler storytimes. The repetition of the title throughout the story will have children anticipating the frog’s moves and participating in the story. Children can be encouraged to jump with the frog. This book would be ideal for a storytime or program about frogs.

Review Sources:

One, two, three, jump!. (1999). Publisher’s Weekly, 246(11):56.

Search Terms:  animals, animal movement, frogs 

Who Hops?

Citation: Davis, K. (1998). Who hops? San Diego: Harcourt Brace. Who Hops?

Ages:  2 – 8

Grades: PreK – Grade 1

Description:  Who hops? begins by asking this question, which is then followed by simple, full page spreads that answer that frogs, rabbits, and kangaroos hop. The book then asserts that “cows hop!” followed by an image of a cow trying unsuccessfully to hop, and the caption of “it would never work.”  The book continues in a similar structure, asking what animals slither, fly or swim. Davis ends the book by asserting to readers or listeners that they are the animal that can perform all of the activities.  The book features vibrant images, and a simple structure that will invite children to participate.

Uses:  With the predictable structure and vibrant, bold images, Who hops? is an ideal choice for a toddler or preschool storytime. Children will be quick to pick up the pattern of the book, and will soon scream “No they don’t!” when the mentioned animal cannot perform the activity. Librarians can invite children to move like the animals (swim, hop, etc) during the story, or at the end, when Davis focuses the attention back on the audience.

Review Sources:

Schon, I. (20060. ¿Quién salta?. Childhood Education, 82(3):179.

Greenlee, A. (1998). Preschool to grade 4: Fiction. School Library Journal, 44(9):171.

Zaleski, J. (2001). Picture book REPRINTS. Publisher’s Weekly, 248(44):67.

Lempke, S. (1998).  Books for youth: Books for the young. Booklist, 95(2):234.

Tags: animals, animal movements, exercise