Have the winter doldrums? What better way to cure them than with a little indoor activity. Despite the winter chill, kids can stay active. Pick up one of these books from your Milwaukee Public Library and get dancing, stretching, moving and grooving!

Recommended by Milwaukee Public Library children's librarian Karli Pederson.


I Play 

by David McPhail (Ages 0-2)

Babies and toddlers can mimic the actions of the sweet little bear depicted on each page that describes an action word.

The Bunny Rabbit Show!

by Sandra Boynton (Ages 0-3)

Ten bunnies put on a show! Little ones may not be able to resist dancing and singing along.

Nose to Toes, You are Yummy! 

by Tim Harrington

(Ages 2-4)

With rhyming text, readers are encouraged to follow the actions in this charming picture book.


by Karl Newsom Edwards (Ages 3-5)

Fly desperately wants to be able to do the things his other animal friends can do like wiggle, jump, and march. Children can join in actions along with fly as he discovers his special skill.

I Got the Rhythm

by Connie Schofield-Morrison ; illustrated by Frank Morrison (Ages 3-6)

A young girl hears the rhythm of her neighborhood as she and her mother walk to the park. Once children hear the cadence of this story, they are sure to have the rhythm too!

Toucan Can

by Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis (Ages 3-6)

Toucan can do all sorts of things from dancing and singing to sliding and swinging. Children can move along with Toucan from page to page.

I am Yoga

by Susan Verde; art by Peter H. Reynolds (Ages 3-9)

To help her relax, a young girl goes through basic yoga poses, imagining herself to be the object after which each pose is named. This is an ideal way for children to begin learning yoga basics.

Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story

by Mariam Gates; illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder (Ages 4-8)

Perfect for calming down before bedtime, this book introduces basic yoga poses with a calming narrative to ease children into a good night's sleep.

Move to Learn: Integrating Movement into the Early Childhood Curriculum

by Joye Newman, MA, and Miriam P. Feinberg, PhD.

Packed with ideas for healthy and active movement for preschoolers, this is an ideal resource for both childcare teachers and parents.

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