Monday, August 19, 2013

Read & Romp Roundup -- July 2013

June and July have been super busy months for me and my family. We just finished a cross-country move -- from the Washington DC Area to the San Francisco Bay Area -- a couple of weeks ago. Unpacking is taking forever, but as you can see from the photo above, I do have my priorities straight!

Our 6-year-old and 8-year-old girls have their chapter books shelved in their bedside tables, so this whole bookcase in their room is reserved for picture books. We even have a whole shelf devoted to dance-related picture books, including a nonfiction section!

So, I know I am late again this month, but at least I have our move as a good excuse this time. Hope you enjoy the July roundup!

Veronica at Love & Life & Learning reviews the picture book Hop! Plop! by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Tali Klein. By the title of this book, which is about an elephant and a mouse finding a way to play despite their size difference, I imagine it is full of movement!

Angela at OMazing Kids has two posts for us this month. In her first post, she features her five favorite books for inspiring kids creativity with art and movement. Maybe you recognize some of the book covers from the image above? But either way, check out Angela's post to see why she picked the books she did!

In Angela's second post at OMazing Kids, she features The Pout-Pout Fish and its sequel The Pout-Pout Fish and the Big-Big Dark, both by Deborah Diesen and Daniel Hanna. As usual, Angel is full of great ideas for using these books in kids yoga classes and speech-language therapy sessions. See how she suggests using them to infuse lessons about the power of attitude, words, and friendship!

At Stacking Books, Reshama reviews a picture book biography about another form of movement -- swimming! America's Champion Swimmer by David Adler and Terry Widener tells the story of Gertrude Ederle, who attempted multiple times to swim the English Channel more than 75 years ago. Make sure to read Reshama's review, but it looks like you will have to read the whole book to find out if Gertrude was successful!

To celebrate National Dance Day on July 27,  Joy at the School Library Journal shared a list of 12 books "to inspire and inform young dancers and celebrate the joy of movement." A fabulous and well-rounded list for preschoolers through middle-graders!

In response to the School Library Journal's list, Teresa at A Rep Reading published her own list of dance books to celebrate National Dance Day. The post includes a sneak peek into My Friend Maya Loves to Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Eric Velasquez. It also includes some of my favorite picture books!

Last month, I announced the start of a new series by the Library as Incubator Project called Book to Boogie, which pairs great picture books with movement and dance activities for preschool story time. The most recent Book to Boogie post was on How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure. Amy from Picture-Book-a-Day wrote the post!

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