Baby Danced the Polka

Citation: Beaumont, K. (2004). Baby Danced the Polka. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.

Ages: 2-5

Grades: PreK

Description: This ALA Notable Children’s Book features one un-sleepy baby who wants to skip nap time to dance with animals at the farm. 

Uses: Baby Danced the Polka could be used for a baby or toddler storytime, where children can come and manipulate the flaps of the book. It can also be used in a one on one setting, where an adult is reading directly with a young child. Librarians and teachers can also use this book in displays and in recommendations for parents/guardians who want books that will help them get their children moving. 

Review Sources

(2010). Kirkus Reviews. (Book Review).

(2004). Publishers Weekly. (Book Review).

Tags: parents and children, animals, dance

Toddler Play (Gymboree)

Citation: Masi, Wendy. (2001). Toddler Play (Gymboree). New York, NY: Creative Publishing International.

Ages: Adults and their toddlers

Grades: n/a

Description: Toddler Play (Gymboree) is a book for parents and other adults who are interested in incorporating fun activities for quality play time. The book covers age-appropriate playtime activities, including active physical games for strengthening growing muscles. 

Uses: Masi’s text can be used by parents, librarians, and teachers as they plan fun play activities for toddlers.  The book can also be put on display in a library as a resources for adults with growing children.

Review Sources:

Broocker, Deborah. (2004). Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses To Help Your Baby Sleep Longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger (Book). Library Journal, (129)(7):116.

Tags: exercise, parents and children, diversity, differently-abled

Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones

Citation: Hinder, S. (2017). Yoga Bug: Poses for Little Ones. Boulder, CO: Sounds True.

Ages: 2 – 4

Grades: PreK 

Description:  Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones guides children through ten yoga poses named after insects. The poses are demonstrated to the reader through illustrations of children and insects.

Uses:  Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones could be used in a specifically yoga based program, as a guide. Librarians and teachers could use the book to instruct children in different poses. It is also perfect for introducing yoga during a young child or family storytime. The book’s text and illustrations invite readers to move along with the insects, and provide instructions for how to perform the moves.

Review Sources: none.

Tags:  non-fiction, yoga, animals, parents and children

Shake My Sillies Out

Citation: Raffi. (1987). Shake My Sillies Out. New York, NY: Crown Publishers.

Ages: 3 months – 3

Grades: PreK

Description: In Shake My Sillies Out, animals and campers in woods at Camp Mariposa are struck by the urge to shake, clap, jump, waggle, and eventually go to sleep.

UsesThis book can be used by parents and teachers to engage children through interactive songs paired with movements. The rhythm, rhyming text, and repetitive phrases used throughout the book make it ideal for babies and toddlers.

Review Sources: none.

Tags: dance, rhyme, parents and children, animals

Sleepy Little Yoga

Citation: Whitford, R., & Selway, M. (2007). Sleepy Little Yoga. London: Hutchinson.Sleepy Little Yoga

Ages: 0 – 4

Grades: Babies – PreKindergarten

Description:  Sleepy Little Yoga presents a yoga sequence meant to help toddlers relax before a nap or bedtime.  The story follows Yoga Babies as they do yoga poses meant to mimic various nighttime animals, such as bats, owls, and foxes.  The book includes pictures of children in the different poses, as well as tips for yoga practice and explanations of each pose.

Uses: Sleepy Little Yoga can be used during toddler storytime as a way to get children to settle down. Librarians can read the story, and then encourage adults/caregivers to help children do the different motions along with yoga baby. Sleepy Little Yoga is certainly best used in a toddler storytime program where adults/guardians interact with the toddlers.  The book can also be used in displays and recommended to parents who are looking for active ways to settle their child down when it is time to rest.

Review Sources:

Oliver, S. (2007). Sleepy Little Yoga: A Toddler’s Sleepy Book of Yoga. School Library Journal, 53(3), 202.

Talen, N. (2007). Little Yoga and Sleepy Little Yoga. Ascent Magazine, 35, 62-63.

Search Terms: yoga, parents and children, books for bedtime

Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga

Little YogaCitation: Whitford, R., & Selway, M. (2005). Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga. New York: Henry Holt and Co.

Ages: 0-4

Grades: PreSchool

Description: Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga, is an illustrated guide to simple yoga poses for young children. The book pairs drawings of children doing different poses with actual photos of children demonstrating each pose. The book also contains a note, with safety tips and advice  to parents and adults who are interested in using yoga with toddlers.

Uses: Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga can be used by librarians and teachers to demonstrate yoga poses to young children. While the book is not conducive to storytimes, it can be used in conjunction with another book, either in displays, or in a book talk. Librarians and teachers can suggest this title to adults and caregivers who are interested in yoga for their children.

Review Sources:

Engberg, G. (2005). Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga. Booklist, 102(3), 60.

Tabuchi, D. (2005). Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga. School Library Journal, 51(11), 122.

Talen, N. (2007). Little Yoga and Sleepy Little Yoga. Ascent Magazine, (35), 62-63.

Search Terms: yoga, animals, parents and children, differently-abled, non-fiction

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 

Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages Birth – 5: A Guide to Health, Exercise, and Nutrition

Citation: Schwarzenegger, A., & Gaines, C. (1993). Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages Birth-5: A Guide to Health, Exercise, and Nutrition. New York: Doubleday. 

Ages: birth – 5

Grades: PreK

Description: Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages Birth – 5: A Guide to Health, Exercise, and Nutrition is a guide to the basics of health and exercise for young children.  The book, targeted more towards adults who care for young children, also provides age appropriate exercises with instructional pictures and line drawings.  The book emphasizes the importance of fun and play as crucial in teaching children to love exercise.  Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages Birth – 5 is the first in a trilogy of books aimed at promoting exercise and nutrition to children.

Uses: Librarians, teachers, and other adults can use Arnold’s Fitness for Kids as a guide for planning age specific programming that promotes health and nutrition. Librarians can teach children the exercises provided within, and can share concepts of exercise with children. The book can also be used during a family storytime, to teach parents more about nutrition and children’s health. The text can also be used in displays during Read and Reach themed storytimes, and in parenting guides.

Review Sources: none.

Tags: exercise, non-fiction, parents and children

Stretch and Play

Citation: Posner-Sanchez, A., Darcy, P., Kurtz, J., & Levin, J. (2002). Stretch and play. New York: Random House.Stretch and Play

Ages: 0-4

Grades: PreK

Description: Stretch and Play is a Disney, Winnie the Pooh board book for young children that features flaps for children to lift and look under. In the book, Pooh stretches, runs, and plays. Readers and children can lift the flap to see children doing the same thing.

Uses: Stretch and Play could be used for a baby storytime, where children can come and manipulate the flaps of the book. It can also be used in a one on one setting, where an adult is reading directly with a young child. Librarians and teachers can also use this book in displays and in recommendations for parents/guardians who want books that will help them interact with their child.

Review Sources: none.

Tags: parents and children, Pooh

Hand Book

Citation: Newman, J. (2011). Hand book. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.HandBook

Ages: 3 – 8

Grades: PreK – 2

Description: Newman’s Hand Book follows a set of hands as a they grow up, and experience the many emotions and happenings of life. With short sentences, and bold images, Newman traces the growth of the owner of the pictured hands: young hands clap, older hands toss graduation hats, and eventually older hands hold other hands.  Newman’s Hand Book subtly introduces readers and listeners to growing up, in a hopeful way.

Uses: The Hand Book is ideal for a family or baby storytime, when parents/guardians interact with the children during the program. The Hand Book can be read during programs, to introduce babies and young children to the concepts of clapping, etc. Parents can help babies clap, and move along to the story.

Review Sources:

Van Vleck, G. L. (2011). Hand Book. School Library Journal, 57(7), 74

Hand Book. (2011). Publishers Weekly, 258(23), 41

Hand Book. (2011). Kirkus Reviews, 79(14), 1261.

Kraus, D. (2011). Hand Book. Booklist, 107(21), 65.

Tags: parents and children