Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Read & Romp Roundup -- September 2013

Fall is slowly creeping in, with the leaves starting to change color and Halloween just around the corner. Thanks for all of your submissions to the September Read & Romp Roundup, which includes plenty of picture books -- both classic and new -- to keep the little ones moving as the cold air sets in this season. Enjoy!

Elly from Yoga with Elly shares two posts with us this month! In the first post, her beautiful writing explains how the classic book Harold and the Purple Crayon sparked her imagination as a child and how she strives to encourage that same magical sense of imagination in her young yoga students. She also includes a full lesson plan for the book, including both yoga and creative movement ideas.

Elly's second post features the new picture book Some Monsters Are Different by David Milgrim, including the lesson plan she used with the book in a recent yoga class for 4- and 5-year-olds. The book -- which addresses differences in appearance, style, and other characteristics -- was perfect for her weekly theme on making friends.

At OMazing Kids, Angela shares another new book -- A Little Bit of Oomph! by Barney Saltzberg. "It teaches the valuable lesson of throwing your heart into whatever you're doing and trying just a little bit harder -- because with a little extra effort and a little bit of oomph, you can make anything beautiful," says Angela. Check out her post to see the activity sheets she created to go with the book, which "moves" all by itself. Lots of flaps, spinning circles, pull tabs, and more!

Zoe at Playing by the Book shares a picture book by debut author and illustrator Alice V. Lickens that is sure to get your little ones up and moving. In Zoe's words, Can You Dance to the Boogaloo? is "essentially an illustrated poem about the joys of making music and dancing." Definitely check out Zoe's post for lots of fun surprises, including videos and ideas for making musical instruments at home!

Barb at Bookworm Yoga features a different picture book each month, and Exclamation Mark (also known as "!") by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld was her September pick. Her post includes a sequence of yoga poses to go with the themes and phrases from the book: exclamation mark, full stop, deflated, and "I've got it!"

Children's author Susanna Leonard Hill shares a wonderful interview with debut author Charlotte Gunnufson, who's picture book Halloween Hustle was just published in September. Hear all about Charlotte's journey to publication and the creative ways she is helping to market the book. Plus check out the book's awesome trailer!

And finally, over at the Library as Incubator Project, the Book to Boogie post for September was written by dance educator Liz Vacco about the picture book Fortunately by Remy Charlip. Liz has been using this classic book with her young dance students for years, so she has lots of ideas to share for integrating movement into a reading of the book at story time!


  1. Did you see 100 Scope Notes' post on how the exclamation mark is on the rise in children's book titles? I wonder if he knew about this one

  2. H, Zoe. I didn't see that post. I will have to go look for it now. Interesting trend! :)

  3. Can't wait to check these out at the library this afternoon- thank you!

    1. Hi, Margi. So glad you stopped by! Enjoy your time at the library :)


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