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.
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