Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo

Citation: Andreae, G. (2004). Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo. Wilton, CT: Tiger Tales. 

Ages: 5-6

Grades: PreK – 1st 

Description:  In Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo bright images of animals on a farm are accompanied with rhyming text and descriptions of the actions being performed by each animal. Readers are invited to “gooble gobble” with a turkey or “skip skip” with a sheep. 

Uses: Librarians, teachers, and other adults can use Andreae’s Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo in a storytime programs for elementary readers. The rhyming 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 can also be used to teach readers about different types of animals, and to teach simple movement concepts to children within the context of a storytime based on animals, farm animals, or any related topic.  

Review Sources: None found.

Search Terms:  animals, animal movements, rhyme

Barnyard Dance!

Citation: Boynton, S. (1993). Barnyard dance!. Workman Publishing Co.

Ages: 1 – 4

Grades: PreK 

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.

Review Sources:

(1994). Barnyard Dance! (Book Review). Parents.

Barnyard Dance! (Book Review). Publishers Weekly.

Tags:  rhyme, animals, dance, animal movements

Dance

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. 

UsesWith 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.

Review Sources:

Dance. (2017). Kirkus Reviews.

Tags: animals, dance, rhyme, children

Dinosaur Dance!

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 

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