Interactive Children’s Books that Get Kids Moving 11

A Short list of interactive children's books to get kids moving

With these cold winter days lingering on, I’ve been relying on some interactive children’s books to help us expend a little bit of energy indoors.

If you haven’t tried some of these books with your toddlers or preschoolers yet, you can order one through the Amazon affiliate link at no extra cost to you. (Just click on the picture.) As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. See my full disclosure here. Or you can most likely find these books at your local library or bookstore. However, you get hold of a copy, your kids are sure to have a blast with them.


Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton will make the kiddos want to strut their stuff right along with the animals as each simple “dance” is called out.

Llama Llama Hoppity Hop by Anna Dewdney is just one of the many Llama Llama books we love.  My daughter loves to copy the actions of Llama Llama such as clapping, jumping, and touching those toes. We “read” this book repeatedly, but it’s quick and cute, so I don’t mind.


Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury is a classic that you probably remember from your childhood. I can still remember doing the movements to it when I was in primary school (“swishy-swashy, swishy-swashy” through the tall grass). As part of the recent 25th anniversary of this book, the author has released a YouTube Video  with movements to the story.


Teddy Bear Teddy Bear is a classic nursery rhyme with a few different versions. Regardless which version you read to your kids, the lyrics get them moving. This is another one we read almost daily in this house as Pooky just loves to act it out and always breaks into a fit of giggles in the process.


Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow is another classic that gets kids moving. While I don’t recommend jumping on the bed to act this story out, children can certainly using their jumping and counting skills with the book. If you want to see some recommended movements to use along with the words, check out Cullen’s Abc’s YouTube video.


Press Here by Herve Tullet is not really a “get up and move” kind of book, but it is hands-on and gets the kids’ attention. Once they figure out how the book works, they want to “read” it again and again.

And there you have it:

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They have been saving our sanity this long cold winter. Please share this with others.

Do you have any suggestions that should be added to the list?

You might also be interested in:

Bedtime Books for Toddlers                                10 Books about Spring

a list of bedtime booksa list of springtime picture books by Spark and Pook

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