Best Children's Books About Movement

43 Children's Books About Movement

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
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.

Gallop! book
#2
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.

Run! book
#3
Run!
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Title and statement of responsibility from cover.

Crawl! book
#4
Crawl!
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Depicts infants exploring their world as they crawl over, under, and through.

Climb! book
#5
Climb!
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Small children celebrate the joy of climbing.

Jump! book
#6
Jump!
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Title and statement of responsibility from cover.

Touch & Tickle book
#7
Touch & Tickle
Written and illustrated by Sanja Re
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Features special activities to promote feelings of security and confidence and encourage interaction between parent and baby. On board pages.

Wiggle and Move book
#8
Wiggle and Move
Written and illustrated by Sanja Re
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Features five songs and activities that encourage interaction between parent and baby. On board pages.

Bounce and Jiggle book
#9
Bounce and Jiggle
Written and illustrated by Sanja Re
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Features five songs and activities that encourage interaction between parent and baby. On board pages.

Llama Llama Zippity-zoom book
#10
Llama Llama Zippity-zoom
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Hop a Little, Jump a Little! book
#11
Hop a Little, Jump a Little!
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Babies wear themselves out moving and playing.

I'm a Little Teapot! book
#12
I'm a Little Teapot!
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Presents the lyrics to the nursery rhyme along with illustrations featuring children acting out the motions indicated by the song. On board pages.

Ring Around a Rosie book
#13
Ring Around a Rosie
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Presents an illustrated version of the classic nursery rhyme, with words and music.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes ... book
#14
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.

Sleeping Bunnies book
#15
Sleeping Bunnies
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.

If You're Happy and You Know It  book
#16
If You're Happy and You Know It
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

The words to a familiar nursery song encourage babies and their parents to have fun together. On board pages.

Ten Little Fingers book
#17
Ten Little Fingers
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

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.

Round and Round the Garden book
#18
Round and Round the Garden
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.

Who Can Play? book
#19
Who Can Play?
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

Ladybug Girl loves to play by herself, but it’s much more fun with a friend! She first runs, jumps, and swings by herself, then her friends join in–two can play on the seesaw, three can jump rope! This sweet story explores friendship in numbers!

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! book
#20
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!
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.

The Wheels on the Bus book
#21
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.

Llama Llama Hoppity-Hop! book
#22
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!

She'll Be Coming 'round the Mountain book
#23
She'll Be Coming 'round the Mountain
Written and illustrated by Anne Passchier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

She'll be coming round the mountain, when she comes. Toot, Toot! How will she arrive next? Featuring a range of vehicles, activities and sounds, this catchy song is a delightful way to learn new words. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child.

My Very First Book of Motion book
#24
My Very First Book of Motion
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Kick! Jump! Chop! book
#25
Kick! Jump! Chop!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In a tale reminiscent of The Gingerbread Man, Sensei bakes a Ninjabread Man to spice up the sparring in his dojo, and the new cookie is undefeated until a fox appears.

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