Thursday, May 16, 2013

Read & Romp Roundup -- April 2013

Welcome to the April -- albeit a little late -- Read & Romp Roundup! I'm so grateful to everyone who has been submitting posts since I started hosting the roundups more than a year ago. I hope you are all enjoying them as much as I am! Here we go...

Amy from Picture-Book-a-Day is back with a post about the picture book Brontorina by James Howe and Randy Cecil. Amy says this is one of her favorite ballet stories because it includes a diverse cast of characters that includes boys as well as girls, and because it emphasizes that dance is about expressing yourself and not about what you look like. Even a dinosaur can be a dancer!

At OMazing Kids, Angela features the picture book Perfect Square by Michael Hall, which she describes as a "perfect book for kids yoga." Read her post to see the book trailer, peek inside the book, and find out why Angela thinks this one is so special. And of course, check out her ideas for using the book in yoga classes for kids!

In this guest post on OMazing Kids, Jenny from Happy Planet Yoga shares a lesson plan for using the new picture book Rain! by Linda Ashman and Christian Robinson in yoga classes for kids. The post includes warm-up ideas, poses inspired by the book, games to play with partners, and a closing activity. Fun!

Maria from Maria's Movers shares her movement ideas to go along with the picture book Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson and Stephen Savage. See how she explored the words peek, tumbling, scamper, whirl, toss, and flash with the little dancers she teaches!

Reshama at Stacking Books reviews the picture book The Raft by Jim LaMarche. While spending the summer at his grandmother's house, Nicky discovers a raft floating along the river and embarks on a journey to explore the surrounding woods. I can only imagine that the movement of the raft down the river and the movement of the animals that emerge from the woods are beautiful.


  1. Thanks for the round-up Kerry. A lovely collection of books to explore.

    1. Thanks, Reshama. Looking forward to other movement-themed books you explore on your blog, too!

  2. I'd love to read Rain and Raft, they are new to me.

    1. They are both new to me, too, and I hope to read them soon as well. RAIN, especially, seems like a good one for little kiddos!


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