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

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

Boing!

Citation: Bruel, N. (2004). Boing! Brookfield, Conn.: Roaring Brook Press. Boing!

Age: 0-7 years

Grade: PreK-2nd grade

Description: Boing! is the story of a baby kangaroo who struggles when the time comes for her to learn to jump.  The kangaroo is assisted in her quest to hop by her mother, a frog, a grasshopper, and a rabbit. A friendly koala comes up with a solution that has the little kangaroo hopping in no time.

Use: Boing! is a resource that could be used during a toddler or young child storytime. Students will enjoy the vibrant pictures as well as the energetic text. After the book has concluded, librarians and parents can encourage students to practice their best kangaroo hop like the character in the story. For further physical activity, children can also be encouraged to hop like all of the other animals in the story.

Review Sources: Kirkus Reviews (2010). Boing! [Review of the book Boing!]. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from:https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/nick-bruel/boing-3/

Tags: kangaroo, animals, jumping