Citation: McQuinn, A. (2011). If you’re happy and you know it! Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books.

Ages: 4 – 8

Grades: PreK – 3

Description:  In this book, McQuinn covers all of the lyrics of the original If You’re Happy and You Know It song.  On each page, children from around the world dance along to the lyrics of the traditional rhyme. The end of this adaptation features children saying hello in their native language. 

Uses: McQuinn’s text can be used in a preschool or younger elementary storytime or program. Since many children know the rhyme, it would be easy to invite them to join in and move with the story as it is read.  It can also be read to small children who have not heard If You’re Happy and You Know It.  This could also be used in a program about music, or to perhaps entice a reluctant reader to read.

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Search Terms: dance, rhyme, nursery rhyme