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This list of the best kids books about movement is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From Flamingos Fly to My Very First Book of Motion there's something here for everyone's tastes. Do you have a favorite book about movement? Let us know!

Top 10 Movement Books

Flamingos Fly book
#1
Flamingos Fly
Written by Douglas Florian and illustrated by Barbara Bakos
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Discover what these animals do in this playful board book by award-winning author Douglas Florian. Flamingos fly. Sailfish swim. Monkeys swing on a jungle gym! Discover what different animals do in this fun, rhyming story by award-winning author Douglas Florian! Animals include flying flamingos, swimming sailfish, swinging monkeys, diving dolphins, soaring swallows, creeping starfish, digging prairie dogs, lunging lizards, plunging pelicans, jumping jaguars, leaping llamas, and sleeping sloths.

Llama Llama Hoppity-Hop! book
#2
Llama Llama Hoppity-Hop!
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Llama Llama TOUCH! Llama Llama TAP! Llama Llama Red Pajama CLAP, CLAP, CLAP! Can you move like Llama Llama? Watch Llama hop, stretch, touch, and tap in this third board book by Anna Dewdney. Then you can do it, too!

Waddle! book
#3
Waddle!
Written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It's Waddle! And it's in color. And boy, is it irresistible. In the same way that kids can't read Gallop! without wanting to gallop around the room, Waddle!, an animals-in-motion Scanimation book, will inspire prancing, hopping, stomping, and scampering. And did we mention color? Created by the optical genius behind the phenomenal #1 and #2 New York Times bestselling children's books, Gallop! and Swing!, Waddle! adds touches of color to the images and integrates it into the text. That prancing pig is pink, the leaping dolphin is blue, the slithering snake yellow. The Scanimation itself is also more lifelike, as the author continues to refine his patented Scanimation process, resulting in a more fluid, realistic motion. Nothing else compares. Waddle! teaches color and movement. Its language is a joy, the rhymes inspiring, the animals full of life. And one more thing: Waddle! has a surprise ending. Something else to grab the reader—literally.

Race Car Rally! book
#4
Race Car Rally!
Written by Alan Copeland and illustrated by Rhys Jefferys
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Grab hold of this book that lets you steer a race car that's revving up to win the big race! This is going to be a tough race. . . . There are a bunch of speedy cars already ahead of you! You're coming up to a blue car there on your right. Speed up and then swerve into the lane to get ahead of him! Put on your seatbelt and your helmet-it's time to drive a race car! Kids will love using the die-cut handles in this novelty board book to control the race car to steer through the track around cars and into other lanes to try and win the big race!

Dance book
#5
Dance
Written and illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

From the #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet comes a laugh-out-loud, jazzy story of a little baby chick who learns how to dance from a friendly band of animals who know all the right moves! Shake, shake, shake, shimmy, shimmy, shake! You can dance! Young readers will delight in the charming art, jazzy text, and in pulling the five sturdy pull tabs to make the different animals bounce, shake and bop as they dance to the Hippoppta Hula, Gator Mashed Patater, and more! Listen and dance to the song at VanFleetBooks.com. Get your dancing feet ready!

Plinka Plinka Ting Ting book
#6
Plinka Plinka Ting Ting
Written and illustrated by Emma Garcia
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Ting ting, boom boom, pata pata. Maracas shake, cymbals crash, and the kazoo goes WHA WOO. Every page in this music box of a book invites children to pick up an instrument and play a tune. They'll love joining in and making a joyful noise!

Cars Galore book
#7
Cars Galore
Written by Peter Stein and illustrated by Bob Staake
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Black car, green car, nice car, mean car. Near car, far car. Whoa! Bizarre car! Ready to hit the road? Gear up for a nonstop parade of shapes, sizes, sounds, and even smells in a wild array of cars packed with big personalities, awesome features, and eccentric passengers. Driven by Peter Stein’s bouncing verse, Bob Staake’s high-powered artwork merges vibrant color and crisp, dynamic design with humor, warmth, and whimsy. This rousing excursion is sure to thrill all fans of things that go, as well as aficionados of the illustrator’s signature style.

Gallop! book
#8
Gallop!
Written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

There's never before been a book like Gallop! Employing a patented new technology called Scanimation, each page is a marvel that brings animals, along with one shining star, to life with art that literally moves. It's impossible not to flip the page, and flip it again, and again, and again. A first book of motion for kids, it shows a horse in full gallop and a turtle swimming up the page. A dog runs, a cat springs, an eagle soars, and a butterfly flutters. Created by Rufus Butler Seder, an inventor, artist, and filmmaker fascinated by antique optical toys, Scanimation is a state-of-the-art six-phase animation process that combines the "persistence of vision" principle with a striped acetate overlay to give the illusion of movement. It harkens back to the old magical days of the kinetoscope, and the effect is astonishing, like a Muybridge photo series springing into action—or, in terms kids can relate to, like a video without a screen. Complementing the art is a delightful rhyming text full of simple questions and fun, nonsense replies: Can you gallop like a horse? giddyup-a-loo! Can you strut like a rooster? cock-a-doodle-doo! Every child who opens the book will be amazed—and so will every parent.

We Are the Dinosaurs book
#9
We Are the Dinosaurs
Written by Laurie Berkner and illustrated by Ben Clanton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Dinosaurs eat, rest, roar, and march, making the earth flat.

A Hop Is Up book
#10
A Hop Is Up
Written by Kristy Dempsey and illustrated by Lori Richmond
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Wiggly, giggly preschoolers will love the action in this picture book with its catchy sequence of movements and directions -- hop up, bend down, spin round, jump over -- that are endlessly fun! A young boy and his energetic puppy take a walk in their neighborhood, where they encounter and interact with lots of friends along the way! Dempsey's poetic and playful text is brought to life by Richmond's rich, kid-friendly illustrations. It all comes together for an inspired story that will have everyone on their feet!

Books About Animals & Movement

Flamingos Fly book
#1
Flamingos Fly
Written by Douglas Florian and illustrated by Barbara Bakos
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Discover what these animals do in this playful board book by award-winning author Douglas Florian. Flamingos fly. Sailfish swim. Monkeys swing on a jungle gym! Discover what different animals do in this fun, rhyming story by award-winning author Douglas Florian! Animals include flying flamingos, swimming sailfish, swinging monkeys, diving dolphins, soaring swallows, creeping starfish, digging prairie dogs, lunging lizards, plunging pelicans, jumping jaguars, leaping llamas, and sleeping sloths.

Move! book
#2
Move!
Written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins, Robin Page
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Introduces children to a collection of wild animals and, through detailed illustrations, shows how and why each of the slithering, hopping, and crawling creatures move as they do.

Ocean Motions book
#3
Ocean Motions
Written by Caspar Babypants and illustrated by Kate Endle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Adorable ocean creatures sway, jiggle and play, glide, flip, and dive in this beautiful board book from indie collage artist Kate Endle and children's music star Caspar Babypants. Toddlers will love this colorful board book about ocean creatures, featuring beautiful and playful collage art by indie artist Kate Endle and the clever word play of Seattle songwriter Caspar Babypants. Walruses warmly wave! Sea turtles tip and flip. River otters race through the ripples. Belugas blow bubbles.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Leap, Frog, Leap! - Join these animals as they leap, crawl, race, and sing in this playful board book by award-winning author Douglas Florian. Leap, frog, leap! Creep, caterpillar, creep! In this playful, rhyming story by award-winning author Douglas Florian, join these animals as they do what they do best! Watch a frog leap, a caterpillar creep, a rabbit race, a cheetah chase, a hen peck, a turtle trek, a sparrow sing, a monkey swing, a crab crawl, a crow call, a gull soar, a bear explore, a spider spin, a crocodile grin, and a chick peep! At the end, a child sleeps with all the animals surrounding him.

  2. My Very First Book of Motion - Feast your eyes on the latest split-page board books from Eric Carle. In the sumptuous My Very First Book of Food, children can match each animal with the food it eats. Do you know what a squirrel eats? How about a seal? In My Very First Book of Motion, children can match each animal with the way it moves. Which animal hops? Which one waddles? Only you can match them. These fun books are full of bright animals, and are lots of fun for young children.

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Books About Rhyming & Movement

Flamingos Fly book
#1
Flamingos Fly
Written by Douglas Florian and illustrated by Barbara Bakos
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Discover what these animals do in this playful board book by award-winning author Douglas Florian. Flamingos fly. Sailfish swim. Monkeys swing on a jungle gym! Discover what different animals do in this fun, rhyming story by award-winning author Douglas Florian! Animals include flying flamingos, swimming sailfish, swinging monkeys, diving dolphins, soaring swallows, creeping starfish, digging prairie dogs, lunging lizards, plunging pelicans, jumping jaguars, leaping llamas, and sleeping sloths.

Llama Llama Hoppity-Hop! book
#2
Llama Llama Hoppity-Hop!
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Llama Llama TOUCH! Llama Llama TAP! Llama Llama Red Pajama CLAP, CLAP, CLAP! Can you move like Llama Llama? Watch Llama hop, stretch, touch, and tap in this third board book by Anna Dewdney. Then you can do it, too!

Cars Galore book
#3
Cars Galore
Written by Peter Stein and illustrated by Bob Staake
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Black car, green car, nice car, mean car. Near car, far car. Whoa! Bizarre car! Ready to hit the road? Gear up for a nonstop parade of shapes, sizes, sounds, and even smells in a wild array of cars packed with big personalities, awesome features, and eccentric passengers. Driven by Peter Stein’s bouncing verse, Bob Staake’s high-powered artwork merges vibrant color and crisp, dynamic design with humor, warmth, and whimsy. This rousing excursion is sure to thrill all fans of things that go, as well as aficionados of the illustrator’s signature style.

Honorable Mentions
  1. A Hop Is Up - Wiggly, giggly preschoolers will love the action in this picture book with its catchy sequence of movements and directions -- hop up, bend down, spin round, jump over -- that are endlessly fun! A young boy and his energetic puppy take a walk in their neighborhood, where they encounter and interact with lots of friends along the way! Dempsey's poetic and playful text is brought to life by Richmond's rich, kid-friendly illustrations. It all comes together for an inspired story that will have everyone on their feet!

  2. Llama Llama Zippity-zoom - Llama Llama ZIP! Llama Llama ZOOM! Llama Llama Red Pajama VROOM, VROOM, VROOM! On the playground, Llama goes fast! Llama zips by on his scooter and swishes down the slide–whoosh! Younger audiences will love doing as Llama does in this supremely adorable fourth board book.

  3. What Do Wheels Do All Day? - Yeah, what do wheels do all day? Well . . . they push . . . race . . . stroll . . . fly . . . whiz . . . and spin . . . all day long! Simple, direct text, combined with brilliant cut-paper relief illustrations, captures kids’ fascination with “things that go” and opens their minds to the wide variety of wheels and what they do.

  4. Leap, Frog, Leap! - Join these animals as they leap, crawl, race, and sing in this playful board book by award-winning author Douglas Florian. Leap, frog, leap! Creep, caterpillar, creep! In this playful, rhyming story by award-winning author Douglas Florian, join these animals as they do what they do best! Watch a frog leap, a caterpillar creep, a rabbit race, a cheetah chase, a hen peck, a turtle trek, a sparrow sing, a monkey swing, a crab crawl, a crow call, a gull soar, a bear explore, a spider spin, a crocodile grin, and a chick peep! At the end, a child sleeps with all the animals surrounding him.

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Books About Music & Movement

Plinka Plinka Ting Ting book
#1
Plinka Plinka Ting Ting
Written and illustrated by Emma Garcia
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Ting ting, boom boom, pata pata. Maracas shake, cymbals crash, and the kazoo goes WHA WOO. Every page in this music box of a book invites children to pick up an instrument and play a tune. They'll love joining in and making a joyful noise!

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes ... book
#2
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes ...
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

An illustrated version of the song which identifies parts of the body. On board pages.

The Wheels on the Bus book
#3
The Wheels on the Bus
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

This award winning series has been specifically designed for babies. A great introduction to books through well-known nursery rhymes and interactive text. Singing songs and rhymes is the perfect way to bond with your baby and share quality time. It also aids language development by introducing them to the natural sounds and patterns of speech. Combining these with actions also stimulates the brain and helps muscle development.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Ring Around a Rosie - Presents an illustrated version of the classic nursery rhyme, with words and music.

  2. Ten Little Fingers - An illustrated board book with words and music to a song celebrating all the things a child can make ten fingers do, including shutting them up tight and opening them wide.

  3. I'm a Little Teapot! - Presents the lyrics to the nursery rhyme along with illustrations featuring children acting out the motions indicated by the song. On board pages.

  4. Wiggle and Move - Features five songs and activities that encourage interaction between parent and baby. On board pages.

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  1. Top 10 Movement Books
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  3. + rhyming (7)
  4. + music (8)
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