These books are ideal for programs and storytimes for toddlers and young children. They feature bright colors and large pictures, as well as engaging texts.

Up, Down, and Around

Citation: Ayres, K. (2008). Up, down, and around. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. Ages: 2 - 5 Grades: PreK - Kindergarten Description:  Up, Down, and Around is a wonderful introduction to gardening and planting food. The book pairs simple, rhythmic text with vibrant images of children exploring the growth of crops such as corn and pumpkins in a garden.  Read More

Hop, Hop, Jump!

Citation: Thompson, L. (2012). Hop, hop, jump! New York, NY: Margaret K. McElderry Books. Age: 3 - 8 Grades: PreK-3rd  Description:  Hop, Hop, and Jump!, with its bright illustrations and rhythmic text, is sure to get kids up and moving. Each page features children demonstrating different activities, such as jumping, twisting, hopping, and waggling. Thompson’s text also emphasizes each Read More

Barnyard Dance!

Citation: Boynton, S. (1993). Barnyard dance!. Workman Publishing Co. Ages: 1 - 4 Grades: PreK  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, Read More

Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones

Citation: Hinder, S. (2017). Yoga Bug: Poses for Little Ones. Boulder, CO: Sounds True. Ages: 2 - 4 Grades: PreK  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 Read More

Dance

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 Read More

Dinosaur Dance!

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 Read More

Shake My Sillies Out

Citation: Raffi. (1987). Shake My Sillies Out. New York, NY: Crown Publishers. Ages: 3 months - 3 Grades: PreK 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 Read More

I Got the Rhythm

Citation: Schofield-Morrison, C. (2014). I Got the Rhythm. New York: Bloomsbury.  Ages: 0 - 8 Grades: PreK - 2nd Description: In I Got the Rhythm, a young girl and her mother go for a walk in a park in their vibrant, urban community. As they walk, the girl notices the rhythm of everything around her. She Read More

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

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 Read More

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