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Stories to Help You Explore Through Movement and Play

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Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale
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A collection of concrete poetry, illustrations and photographs that shows how young children's constructions, created as they play, are reflected in notable works of architecture from around the world.
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
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Encourages the reader to exercise by following the movements of various animals; presented in a question and answer format.
Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill
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Little wombat spends a day doing favorite things--what could they be?
Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks by Jacky Davis
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Playful puppy Pekoe and his good friend, Olive, an old dog with short legs, have different approaches as they enjoy a visit to the park, get caught in a thunderstorm, meet a chipmunk, and face a bully.
If You're A Monster And You Know It by Rebecca Emberley
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Monsters sing their own version of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.
Good Morning Yoga: a Pose-by-Pose Wake-up Story by Mariam Gates
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This “wake up” story is so much more than a story. It’s a practice for kids and parents to greet the morning with joy and embark on their daily adventures with intention and confidence. Turn the page and reach up to the sky, press your feet into the earth, and get ready for a great day!
A Dark, Dark Cave by Eric Hoffman
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Two young siblings explore a cave filled with shining eyes, giant paws, and strange noises until a beam of light reveals the cave's secrets.
Tea Rex by Molly Idle
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Cordelia and her brother host a tea party for an unusual guest--a T-Rex!
Jake at Gymnastics by Rachel Isadora
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Toddlers have fun at gymnastics class.
Little Kunoichi the Ninja Girl by Sanae Ishida
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Little Kunoichi, a young ninja in training, is frustrated. Inspired by tiny Chibi Samurai's practice and skills, she works harder than ever--and makes a friend. Together, they show the power of perseverance, hard work, and cooperation when they wow the crowd at the Autumn Festival.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
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The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel
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A young girl lifts her hands up in a series of everyday moments before finally raising her hands in resistance at a protest march.
Hip Hop Lollipop by Susan McElroy Montanari
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Follow a little girl as she moves, swings, and grooves her way through her bedtime routine, dancing all the while, until she finally closes her eyes and dances through her dreams.
Princess! Fairy! Ballerina! by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
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Three little girls try to decide what they should pretend to be: princesses, fairies, or ballerinas?
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
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To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box.
Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
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An imaginative young pig shows some of the many things that a stick can be.
Another by Christian Robinson
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A young girl and her cat take an imaginative journey into another world.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
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Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.
I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison
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On a trip to the park with her mother, a young girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her and begins to move to the beat, finally beginning an impromptu dance in which other children join her.
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
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A ladybug invites the reader to play a game of "let's pretend."
Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas
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Chicken's three cow visitors try to jump, dance, and wiggle on his couch, which is much too tiny for such exuberant activities.
Backyard Fairies by Phoebe Wahl
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A girl searches for fairies in her backyard and the woods beyond, following little clues and traces of magic. Fairies and other magical creatures can be found on every page, hidden among the flowers, trees and pebbles.
Boogie Knights by Lisa Wheeler
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When the knights of the castle are awakened by the noise from the Madcap Monster Ball, they decide to join the party.
What To Do With a Box by Jane Yolen
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Jane Yolen poetically reminds young readers that a simple box can be a child's most imaginative plaything as artist Chris Sheban illustrates its myriad and magical uses.
What to Do with a String by Jane Yolen
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n this sequel to What to Do with a Box, Jane Yolen extolls the marvelous virtues of string, a material that can snag the spirit of adventure, lasso the limitless horizons of imagination, and connect us to one another.
Puddle by Hyewon Yum
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A mother and son use their imagination to have fun on a rainy day.