These books feature animals and animal movements.

Hop, Skip, and Jump, Maisy!

Citation: Cousins, L. (2012). Hop, skip, and jump, Maisy! Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press.  Age: 0 - 8 Grades: PreK-Kindergarten Description:  Hop, Skip, and Jump, Maisy! is a pull the tab book, with bright illustrations typical of the Maisy series of books. When children pull the tab, Maisy demonstrates different activities, such as jumping, stretching, and Read More

Clap Your Hands

Citation: Cauley, L. B., Weiss, J., G.P. Putnam’s Sons, & South China Printing Co. (1992). Clap Your Hands. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.  Ages: 0 - 8 Grades: PreK - 1 Description:  Clap Your Hands is a rhyming text that invites readers to move along with the story from cover to cover. Using rhyming words, Read More

“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth

Citation: Carle, E. (2002). “Slowly, slowly, slowly,” said the Sloth. New York, NY: Philomel Books. Ages: 0-8 Grades: Pre-K - 3rd Description: Set in a vibrant Amazon rainforest, “Slowly, slowly, slowly” says the Sloth follows the daily activities of a sloth, as a variety of animals constantly ask him why he does everything so slowly. Read More

From Head to Toe

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


Citation: Calmenson, S., & Degen, B. (2008). Jazzmatazz! New York, NY: HarperCollins Childrens Books.  Ages: 2-8 Grades: PreSchool - Grade 2 Description: With rhyming text, Calmenson tells the story of what happens when a piano playing mouse enters into a house on a cold, winter’s day.  Eventually, the piano playing mouse has the whole family, Read More

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Citation: Cabrera, J. (2010). Here We Go Round the Mulberry bush. New York: Holiday House.  Ages: 2 and up Grades: PreSchool - Grade 1 Description: Cabrera’s Here we go round the mulberry bush takes the familiar nursery rhyme and uses it as a framework to tell the story of two puppies, on a cold and Read More

Babar’s Yoga for Elephants

Citation:  Brunhoff, L. de. (2002). Babar’s yoga for elephants. New York: Harry N. Abrams.   Age: 3- 8 Grade: 0 - 4 Description: In this book, Babar explains yoga for elephants and people. The story begins with a discovery by archaeologists in Babar’s home of Celesteville: drawings to show that not only did ancient woolly Read More


Citation: Bruel, N. (2004). Boing! Brookfield, Conn.: Roaring Brook Press.  Age: 0-7 years Grade: PreK-2nd grade Description: Boing! is the story of a baby kangaroo who struggles when the time comes for her to learn to jump.  The kangaroo is assisted in her quest to hop by her mother, a frog, a grasshopper, and a Read More

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Title: Giles, Andreae & Parker-Rees, G. (2001). Giraffes Can’t Dance. New York: Orchard Books.  Age: 3-6 Grade Level: Babies and Toddlers Description: Giraffes Can’t Dance is the story of Gerald the giraffe. Every year, all of the other Animals in Africa gather for the Jungle Dance, where they prance and dance to the beat of Read More

Can You Peck Like a Hen?

Title: Alborough, J. (1996). Can You Peck Like a Hen? Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.  Ages: 2-4 years Grade Level: 0- PreK Description: Similarly to Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo?, Can You Peck Like a Hen? invites young children to move along with various animals through a series of questions and large, bright-colored animal images. Read More

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