Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Read & Romp Roundup -- February 2012

Welcome to our second Read & Romp Roundup! I hope you'll enjoy the February roundup, which highlights some great books for inspiring movement and promoting literacy among the important children in our lives. In case you didn't know, today is also World Read Aloud Day, an annual event sponsored by LitWorld to promote literacy among children in all parts of the world. You can learn more about this special day and ways to participate here. Enjoy the roundup, and happy reading aloud today!

At Access Dance for Life, Jacqui reviews the picture book What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Filled with unique animals and their body parts, the book can help kids learn how to lead with different body parts when they dance...and so much more!

Jodie at Growing Book by Book introduces us to 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids. But she also goes one step further and uses the book as inspiration to think up eight new outdoor activities to promote literacy with young children. Lots of her ideas include picture books and movement, too!

Head over to Maria's Movers to see how Maria used the picture book Bounce by Doreen Cronin and Scott Menchin in her creative movement classes. Her kids had a great time bouncing and bumping and falling like the adorable dog in this fun book!

Tara at A Teaching Life gives us a glimpse into the delightful Won Ton, A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw and Eugene Yelchin. Tara shares some wonderful text, rhythms, sounds, and images from the book that would make any young cat lover want to get up and move!

At Perogies & Gyoza, Medea reviews the picture book biography Knockin' on Wood: Starring Peg Leg Bates. Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates was an African American tap dancer who made a name for himself despite having grown up in the segregated United States and having only one leg. I highly recommend this book, too. Thanks, Medea!

Author Tammi Sauer shares something a little different this month. When her picture book Chicken Dance debuted a few years ago, she and illustrator Dan Santat made up their own dance moves! You can check out Tammi's moves here and Dan's moves here. The book's sequel, Bawk & Roll, is due out in April. I can't wait to see what Tammi and Dan have in store for us then!


  1. Thank you for the feature and all the other great ideas listed!

  2. Hi, Jodie! Thanks for stopping by again and for your participation. I loved reading about all your innovative ideas!

  3. Am looking into Bounce.. love that! I use the analogy of a bouncing ball when working on continuous allegro with older students. This would be a great way to incorporate that idea in the preschool classes... Thanks for the roundup! (and for including AD4L!)

    1. Oh, I hope you like Bounce. It's one of those books that always makes me smile...and there's even a spread in the book with ballerinas on it :) Thanks again for being part of the roundup!


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