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10 Books About Dancing, Jumping, and Moving

    Elephants Can't Jump

    Elephants Can't Jump - Jeanne Willis

    Elephant refuses to believe he cannot jump and ignores the jeers of other animals as he tries, but they are all surprised when Elephant does something that no other animal can.
    Flora and the Penguin

    Flora and the Penguin - Molly Idle

    In this wordless, lift-the-flap picture book, Flora and her new friend, the penguin, dance on the ice together and learn to treat each other with respect and kindness.

    Firebird - Misty Copeland

    American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.
    From Head to Toe

    From Head to Toe - Eric Carle

    Encourages the reader to exercise by following the movements of various animals; presented in a question and answer format.

    Bounce - Doreen Cronin

    Rhyming text offers advice on the best ways for toddlers to bounce.

    Ninja! - Arree Chung

    A ninja must be strong, courageous, and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear--a true ninja can overcome all challenges.
    We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen

    Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.
    Bottle Cap Boys

    Bottle Cap Boys - Rita Williams-Garcia

    Two brothers, Randy and Rudy, tap dance on a New Orleans street.
    Ballet Cat: Dance, Dance, Underpants!

    Ballet Cat: Dance, Dance, Underpants! - Bob Shea

    Ballet Cat and her friend Butter Bear have practiced a dance to perform for an audience, but Butter Bear will need a lot of encouragement to try the super high leaps. 
    The Gold Medal Mess

    The Gold Medal Mess - David A. Kelly

    Five friends are ready for their school's Olympics field day. But not everyone wants to play fair someone is trying to ruin the events! Can the kids in the Most Valuable Player club solve the mystery, save the Olympics, and take home the gold? Includes sports facts.
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