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: Scarry, R. (2004). The Rooster Struts. New York: Golden Books.
Description: Scarry’s The Rooster Struts is a simple story that introduces readers to different animals and the concepts of how they move. Sentences are short and the images are large, which lends to a young child storytime. Different animals are mentioned, including roosters, chicks, bears, and ants.
Uses: The Rooster Struts can be used in a baby or toddler storytime. The simple pictures and short sentences lend to reading for large groups. Teachers and librarians can read each sentence, and then ask the children to mimic each animal’s movements.
Review Sources: The Rooster Struts. (n.d.). Publisher’s Weekly. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-375-83006-8
Search Terms: animals, animal movements, concept books
Citation: Parker, V., & Bolam, E. (1997). Bearobics: A Hip-Hop Counting Story. New York: Viking.
Grades: PreK – 2
Description: In Bearobics: A Hip-Hop Counting Story, a single bear takes his boom-box into the forest. As he plays his music, more and more animals join the fun, each doing their own dance. As the animals join in, children are introduced to different numbers and number concepts.
Uses: Bearobics: A Hip-Hop Counting Story could be read during a toddler or family storytime to reinforce or introduce number and counting concepts to children. The rhythm of the story invites students to dance along with the animals. Teachers and librarians can read the story, and then play music for the students to do their own Bearobics.
Devereaux, E., & Roback, D. (1996). Forecasts: Children’s books. Publisher’s Weekly, 243(51), 58.
Townsend-Hudson, S. (1997). Books for youth: Books for the young. Booklist, 93(12), 1028.
Tags: concept books, bears, animals, numbers
Citation: Pandell, K., Wolfe, A., & Sheehan, N. (1996). Animal Action ABC. New York: Dutton Children’s Books.
Ages: 3 – 7
Grades: PreK – 1
Description: Animal Action ABC is part ABC concept book, part poem about movement. Each letter of the alphabet is paired with a different action verb and poem that encourages readers and listeners to move in various ways. Each movement and letter is paired with an animal, which is pictured in bright photographs doing the motion. There are also children pictured mimicking the movement as well.
Uses: Animal Action ABC could be used by librarians and teachers as a way to reinforce letter concepts in a non-traditional way. Students can move while learning, which is conducive to some learning styles. The short poems for each letter/movement are conducive to reading aloud in a group or storytime setting. The images allow for use during a program focused on animals, or on ABC concepts. The book can also be used to demonstrate to parents how literacy concepts can be integrated into movement activities. Animal Action ABC would also be well used for programs for teens or adults who are differently abled.
Animal Action ABC. (1996). Publisher’s Weekly. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-525-45486-1
Search Terms: concept books, animals, differently-abled