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Movement and Animals: Books For Kids

This list of the best kids books about movement is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life!

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.

Leap, Frog, Leap! book
#4
Leap, Frog, Leap!
Written by Douglas Florian and illustrated by Barbara Bakos
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

My Very First Book of Motion book
#5
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.

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