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Using Books to Encourage Movement


Children's books that encourage movement

By Kelly Caudill, FCPL Early Literacy Assistant

Sometimes, it is difficult to get preschool age children to sit still for the entirety of a book. Instead of fighting that fight, why not harness their natural enthusiasm with these books that encourage movement and interactive participation?

  • Animals Move by Jane Whittingham
    Bright, full-color photographs show animals engaged in movement, as well as young children mimicking that movement. 
  • Dance Like a Flamingo by Moira Butterfield, illus. by Claudia Boldt
    Features 12 animals from around the world, accompanied with simple movement steps, perfect for developing coordination and listening skills in young readers.
  • There’s an Alien in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
    Encourages the reader to shake, tilt and wiggle the book to help launch the alien back into space.
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