Best Kids Books About Movement

15 Kids Books About Movement

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Ten Little Fingers book
#1
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.

Who Can Play? book
#2
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!

She'll Be Coming 'round the Mountain book
#3
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.

Kick! Jump! Chop! book
#4
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.

I'm Bored book
#5
I'm Bored
Written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

When a bored girl meets a potato who finds children tedius, she tries to prove him wrong by demonstrating all of the things they can do, from turning cartwheels to using their imaginations.

We Are the Dinosaurs book
#6
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.

Move! book
#7
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.

Construction Kitties book
#8
Construction Kitties
Written by Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges and illustrated by Shari Halpern
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Wearing their hats, Construction Kitties use heavy equipment to dig, move, push, and smooth the dirt.

My First Gymnastics Class book
#9
My First Gymnastics Class
Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrated by Laura Hanifin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Young readers can learn all about what happens at gymnastics class in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read featuring simple text and photographs of gymnasts-in-training! It’s the first day of gymnastics class: What will it be like? Find out in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read with sweet text by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Gymnasts wear leotards, stretch, do somersaults and cartwheels, and even walk on a balance beam! Beginning readers getting ready to tumble will love seeing photographs of kids their age practicing each move, learning words like pike, straddle, and more in this adorable introduction to the sport! Includes a special section of step-by-step instructions for basic gymnastics stretches—to be done with a parent or guardian’s supervision!

My First Ballet Class book
#10
My First Ballet Class
Written and illustrated by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Young readers can learn all about what happens at ballet class in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read with sweet text and photographs of ballerinas-in-training! It’s the first day of ballet class in this early reader by Biscuit creator Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Put on your dancing shoes! What will it be like? Ballerinas wear ballet slippers, learn different foot positions, and twirl across the dance floor. Young readers will love seeing kids their age practicing ballet, learning words like sashay, and more in this adorable introduction to the sport! Includes a special section of step-by-step instructions for basic ballet moves—to be done with a parent or guardian’s supervision.

My First Yoga Class book
#11
My First Yoga Class
Written and illustrated by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Young readers can learn all about what happens at yoga class in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read with sweet text and photographs of yogis-in-training! It’s the first day of yoga class in this early reader by Biscuit creator Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Roll out your yoga mat! What will it be like? Yoga students stand on sticky mats and learn poses with animal names like “downward dog” and “lion pose.” Young readers will love seeing kids their age practicing yoga in this adorable introduction to the sport! Includes a special section of step-by-step instructions for basic yoga poses—to be done with a parent or guardian’s supervision.

Cars Galore book
#12
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.

Yawning Yoga book
#13
Yawning Yoga
Written by Laurie Jordan and illustrated by Diana Mayo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A beautiful bedtime routine for yogis of any age! Starting with a gentle Om, Yawning Yoga’s simple instructions, gorgeous illustrations, and soothing poetry guide readers through a relaxing routine to end the day. Thoughtful poems depict a series of step-by-step yoga poses. Each of the poses is accompanied by its Sanskrit name, adding to the layers of learning. Written by a specialist in yoga for children, this lovely introduction to the elements of yoga practice—including stretching, posture, and breath work—will help children and their caring adults ready their bodies for a restful sleep.

Roadman Boogie book
#14
Roadman Boogie
Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Roadman holds the stop-go sign as traffic passes by. He's hot and bored so starts to dance, making people smile. The weather turns quite stormy, the river floods the road. Traffic builds up behind his stop-go sign, what can the Roadman do? Why a giant Roadman Boogie ball! A great story to stomp and dance to.

Plinka Plinka Ting Ting book
#15
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!

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