Citation: Page, R.  and Jenkins, S. (2006). Move! Boston Mass.: HMH Books for Young Readers.Move!

Ages: 3-9

Grades: PreK – 3

Description: In Move! readers are introduced to a number of animals, and how they move. Whales dive, gibbons swing, and snakes slither. The book also features a description of each animal and its habits.  The book is illustrated in with large, colorful images of each animal, with text mirroring how the animals move.

Uses: Move! is ideal for a preschool or family storytime. It could also be read to younger elementary school children in conjunction with a science lesson about animals. The description of how the animals move begs children and other listeners to get up and mimic the movements. Librarians and teachers can ask students to mimic the movements during the story, or after during an activity. The facts about each animal in the story make the book ideal for a lesson about animals for younger children.

Review Sources:

Carter, B. (2006). Move!. Horn Book Magazine, 82(3), 344.

DeCandido, G. (2006). Move!. Booklist, 102(14), 50.

Glantz, S. (2007). Move!. Library Media Connection, 25(4), 77.

Move!. (2006). School Library Journal, 52:32.

Weitz, S. (2006). Move!. School Library Journal, 52(6):136.

Move!.(2006). Kirkus Reviews, 74(7), 349.

Move!. (2006). New York Times Book Review, 15.

Tags: animal movements,  animals, non-fiction, 

Pretend You’re a Cat

Citation: Marzollo, J., & Pinkney, J. (1990). Pretend You’re a Cat. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.  Cat

Ages: 4 – 8

Grades: PreK – 8

Description:  Pretend You’re a Cat invites readers and listeners to move like various animals: a cat, a dog, a fish, and a bee. Marzollo uses a repetitive rhyming text to invite children to move along with the story. There are also richly detailed images of children and animals doing the movements throughout the story.

Uses: Pretend You’re a Cat is ideal for a family or young child storytime. The story can be read out loud, and children can participate along with the story.  The images in this story will also draw in listeners with the vibrant images.

Review Sources:

Dibner, E. (1990). Pretend You’re a Cat (Book). School Library Journal 36(7), 63.

Fader, E. (1990). Pretend You’re a Cat. Horn Book Magazine, 66(4), 446-447.

Tags: animals, animal movements, rhyme, diversity, differently-abled

One, Two, Three, Jump!

Citation: Lively, P., & Ormerod, J. (1999). One, two, three, jump! New York: M.K. McElderry Books.One two three jump

Ages: 2 – 8

Grades: PreK – 1

Description:   In One, Two, Three, Jump! a young frog sets out on an adventure to see the world around him. He is watched by a dragonfly, who keeps him safe on his adventure. On several instances, the dragonfly has to tell the frog to “one, two, three, jump” to safety.  Eventually, the dragonfly leads the frog back to the safety of his pond.

Use:  One, Two, Three, Jump! is a story that can be used for preschool or toddler storytimes. The repetition of the title throughout the story will have children anticipating the frog’s moves and participating in the story. Children can be encouraged to jump with the frog. This book would be ideal for a storytime or program about frogs.

Review Sources:

One, two, three, jump!. (1999). Publisher’s Weekly, 246(11):56.

Search Terms:  animals, animal movement, frogs 

Who Hops?

Citation: Davis, K. (1998). Who hops? San Diego: Harcourt Brace. Who Hops?

Ages:  2 – 8

Grades: PreK – Grade 1

Description:  Who hops? begins by asking this question, which is then followed by simple, full page spreads that answer that frogs, rabbits, and kangaroos hop. The book then asserts that “cows hop!” followed by an image of a cow trying unsuccessfully to hop, and the caption of “it would never work.”  The book continues in a similar structure, asking what animals slither, fly or swim. Davis ends the book by asserting to readers or listeners that they are the animal that can perform all of the activities.  The book features vibrant images, and a simple structure that will invite children to participate.

Uses:  With the predictable structure and vibrant, bold images, Who hops? is an ideal choice for a toddler or preschool storytime. Children will be quick to pick up the pattern of the book, and will soon scream “No they don’t!” when the mentioned animal cannot perform the activity. Librarians can invite children to move like the animals (swim, hop, etc) during the story, or at the end, when Davis focuses the attention back on the audience.

Review Sources:

Schon, I. (20060. ¿Quién salta?. Childhood Education, 82(3):179.

Greenlee, A. (1998). Preschool to grade 4: Fiction. School Library Journal, 44(9):171.

Zaleski, J. (2001). Picture book REPRINTS. Publisher’s Weekly, 248(44):67.

Lempke, S. (1998).  Books for youth: Books for the young. Booklist, 95(2):234.

Tags: animals, animal movements, exercise

Sometimes I Like to Curl up in a Ball

Citation: Churchill, V., & Fuge, C. (2001). Sometimes I like to curl up in a ball. New York, N.Y.: Sterling Pub. sometimes i like to curl up like a ball

Age: 0-8

Grade: PreK – 1

Description: Churchill’s Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball follows around a little wombat as he spends a day doing all of his favorite things.  He runs, plays,  jumps, and eventually ends his day curling up and going to sleep.

Uses:  Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball is a useful text for preschool or toddler storytimes. Librarians and teachers can read the text, and then invite children to do the activities along with the wombat. The animal character,  illustrations, and rhyming will help children become engrossed in the story as it is read aloud. The librarians can read the story, and then get the group of children to move afterward, or children can be invited to move along with the wombat in the story.

Review Sources:  Roback, D., Brown, J. M., Britton, J., & Zaleski, J. (2001). Sometimes I Like to Curl up in a Ball (Book Review). Publisher’s Weekly, 248(42):70.

Pitard, S., Jones, T., Toth, L., Charnizon, M., Grabarek, D., Larkins, J. (2002). Sometimes I Like to Curl up in a Ball (Book Review). School Library Journal, 48(1):96.

Tags: animals, active play

From Head to Toe

Citation: Carle, E. (1997). From head to toe. New York, NY: HarperCollins. From Head to Toe

Ages: 0-8

Grades: PreSchool – Grade 2

Description:  In From Head to Toe, Carle invites children to mimic the movements of different animals. The book is written in a question and answer format, which encourages the reader’s participation.

Use: From Head to Toe is an ideal book for a preschool or toddler storytime. The large, colorful images will be easily seen by the whole group, and the question and answer format will instantly have children attempting to mimic the motions of the animals.  The book can be used during a program on animals, or in a Carle-themed celebration.

Review Sources:

Devereaux, E. & Roback, D. (1997). Forecasts: Children’s books. Publisher’s Weekly, 244(7):210.

Kirkus Reviews. (1997).  From Head to Toe. [Review of the book From Head to Toe]. Retrieved from:

Tags: animal movements, sports

Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo?

Title: Alborough, J. (1996a). Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo? Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press. Can You Jump Like Kangaroo

Ages: 2-4 years

Grade Level: 0-PreK

Description: Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo? is a pop-up book that depicts simple animal movements. In addition to showing the movements, the book asks children if they can join in and do the movements along with the animals.

Use: The simple text and bright pop up images make this book useful for toddler storytime programs.  The question format invites participants to join in, and children can watch the pop-up animals and then mimic their motions.

Review Sources: Kirkus Reviews(n.d). Can you jump like a kangaroo? [Review of the book Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo?]. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from

Tags: kangaroo, pop-up book, animal movements