Ready, Set, Skip!

Citation: O’Connor, J., & James, A. (2007). Ready, set, skip! New York: Viking.Ready, Set, Skip

Ages: 2 – 8

Grades: PreK – 2

Description: Ready, Set, Skip! is the story of a young girl who does not know how to skip. She does, however, know how to do many things, such as: twirling, hopping, and leaping.  Eventually, her mother teachers her how to skip: “hop on one foot/then the other”.   O’Connor tells the young girl’s story in short, upbeat, rhyming text, that is paired with detailed charcoal images.

Uses: Ready, Set, Skip is ideal for a preschool, family, or younger elementary aged program. Librarians can read the book, and then ask listeners to do all of the activities mentioned in the text. Librarians can also ask students to skip, and to teach each other how to skip.  This book could also easily be adjusted to use with differently-abled adults and teens.

Review Sources:

Ready, Set, Skip!. (2007). Kirkus Reviews, 75(8), 398.

Ready, Set, Skip!. (2007). Publisher’s Weekly, 254(19), 59.

Allen, N. (2007). Ready, Set, Skip!. Magpies, 22(3), 26.

Constantinides, J. (2007). Ready, Set, Skip!, School Library Journal, 53(7), 82.

Brabander, J. M.(2007). Ready, Set, Skip!. Horn Book Magazine, 83(3), 271.

Phelan, C. (2007). Ready, Set, Skip!. Booklist, 103(21),66.

Tags: differently-abled, exercise, outside

Dancing in My Bones

Citation: Andrews, Sylvia. (2001). Dancing in My Bones. [New York]: HarperFestival. Dancing in My Bones

Ages:  0-8

Grade Level: Babies and Toddlers/Preschool

Description:  This is the story of a young girl with dancing in her bones! The book follows her and company of friends as they hip-hop, tip-top, and be-bop through a park.  The book is written in first person, which will encourage students to dance along! The book includes a note at the end of the book suggesting ways to incorporate students into the activity of the text.

Use: The first person narration as well as the active, rhyming text make this book ideal for use in programming with toddlers and preschoolers. Children can move along with the text of the book as it is read.

Review Sources:

Bair, Janet M. (2001). Dancing in my bones. [Review of the book Dancing in My Bones]. School Library Journal 47(12):88. Retrieved from:,

Segal, Marta (2001). Dancing in my bones. [Review of the book Dancing in My Bones]. Booklist. Retrieved from

Kirkus Reviews. (2010). Dancing in my bones. [Review of the book Dancing in My Bones}. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from:

Tags: Diversity,  differently-abled, dancing, children, outside