Books to Read with Movers and Shakers
Not all kids like to sit still to hear a book. It might be pent up energy, it might be their insatiable curiosity, it might even be because they just don’t like it.
Sometimes, though, as parents, we are looking to books for a little help to channel that energy or quiet them down (especially at bedtime). This list of picture books list is designed to help with that.
Bedtime Books for Busy Bodies – These books are little “noisier” than quiet, soothing lullaby-like stories, but they are great choices at the end of the day.
Books for Midday Play – Think: funny, silly, musical. These are stories that encourage movement and invite kids to make noise.
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4 Bedtime Stories for Busy Bodies
The Going To Bed Book
by Sandra Boynton
Audience: 1 to 4
Like all Boynton books, there’s a rhythm that simultaneously keeps the story moving along and soothing at the same time. There are plenty of opportunities to point out the different characters and imitate their activities. Read the review …
See also: Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton
Good Night, Gorilla
by Peggy Rathmann
Audience: 2 to 7
Readers will want to imitate the sounds of the animals and mimic the facial expressions of Mrs. Zoo Keeper. This is an unusual yet fun book because the only words are “Good night.” The nuances of the pictures, with lots of detail, play a large role in the story. Read the review …
The Little Girl Who Didn’t Want To Go To Bed
by Dave Engledow
Audience: 2 to 6
Readers will see this as a fun story, but it does have a message about the importance of sleep. The photography is a nice change and it complements the humor of the story very well. Read the review …
Steam Trian, Dream Train
by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Audience: 1 to 8
The narrative mimics child’s play as far as how children tend to play with their toys, especially toy trains, which makes it easy for a little reader to identify with the animal crew and their work. Read the review …
4 Books for Midday Play
Audience: 0 to 3
The rhyme is cute and fun, but making the characters dance with your fingers will have every reader “out on the dance floor” and playing with this book. Read the review …
See also: I Can Play by Betsy Snyder
Kids won’t be able to resist helping Yellow Dot! This is a book meant to be played with and shared. A fun way to engage kids – especially those who like to “do” stuff as they read. Read the review …
Colorful pictures, a chance for sound effects, and a truck (!) make this a fun boos. It is designed for little hands to hold and explore. Read the review …
by Courtney Dicmas
Audience: 1 to 4
This larger-than-most board book is about animal playtime. Introduce animal babies by their names and let the book guide you to playing with your toddler. Read the review …