Citation: Beaumont, K. (2004). Baby Danced the Polka. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.
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.
(2010). Kirkus Reviews. (Book Review).
(2004). Publishers Weekly. (Book Review).
Tags: parents and children, animals, dance
Citation: Andreae, G. (2004). Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo. Wilton, CT: Tiger Tales.
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
Citation: Boynton, S. (1993). Barnyard dance!. Workman Publishing Co.
Ages: 1 – 4
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.
(1994). Barnyard Dance! (Book Review). Parents.
Barnyard Dance! (Book Review). Publishers Weekly.
Tags: rhyme, animals, dance, animal movements
Citation: Hinder, S. (2017). Yoga Bug: Poses for Little Ones. Boulder, CO: Sounds True.
Ages: 2 – 4
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
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.
Uses: With 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.
Dance. (2017). Kirkus Reviews.
Tags: animals, dance, rhyme, children
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
Citation: Raffi. (1987). Shake My Sillies Out. New York, NY: Crown Publishers.
Ages: 3 months – 3
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.
Uses: This 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
Citation: Slobodkina, E. (1947). Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and their Monkey Business. New York: Harper & Row.
Ages: 2 – 9
Grades: 1st – 3rd
Description: Caps for Sale is the story of a cap peddler who settles down to take a nap under a tree. While he sleeps, monkeys steal his caps.
Uses: Caps for Sale is a classic children’s book that can be adapted into a movement filled storytime for younger elementary age children or toddlers. Librarians can encourage children to act like monkeys during the story, by making monkey movements, or pretending like they are climbing trees. This story could also be adapted into a game or activity where children walk around the library or storytime space looking for caps.
Kirkus Reviews. (n.d). Caps for Sale. Retrieved from: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/esphyr-slobodkina-3/caps-for-sale/
Tags: monkeys, animals, hats
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.
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
Citation: Yoo, T. (2012). You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses. New York, NY: Nancy Paulsen Books.
Ages: 2 – 7
Grades: PreK – 2
Description: Yoo’s You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses introduces young children to yoga by inviting them to mimic the actions of different animals. The book introduces children to different poses through simple movement instructions. Children are taught to be animals such as a butterfly, a frog, a lion, and a snake. Pose instructions are accompanied by two page spreads of children of different ethnicities and animals doing the poses in the appropriate habitats for the animal.
Uses: You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses is perfect for introducing yoga during a young child or family storytime. The simple text in the book is not only ideal for young children who are learning concepts, but also for librarians and adults with no or little knowledge of yoga. The book’s text, as well as the two page spreads invite children and readers to move along with the animals. The book is also ideal for programs with differently-abled teens and older children.
Oliver, S. (2012). You are a Lion! and Other Fun Yoga Poses. School Library Journal, 58(3), 140.
Peters, J. (2012). You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses. Booklist, 108(13), 95.
You are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses. (2012). Kirkus Reviews, 80(4), 424.
non-fiction, yoga, differently-abled, animals