Storytime Suggestions for Stir-Crazy Kids: 12 Interactive Picture Books that Encourage Movement

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Being cooped up inside is hard for energetic kids. There interactive picture books not only foster a love of reading and early literacy skills, they also encourage kids to get moving and get those wiggles out!

Being cooped up inside is hard for energetic kids. There interactive picture books not only foster a love of reading and early literacy skills, they also encourage kids to get moving and get those wiggles out!

By Contributing Writer, Jenni Mullinix

I don’t know how things are in your home, but my kiddos start getting a little crazy in the winter. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that your little ones start bouncing off the walls and throwing fits more during this season also.

Young children have a lot of energy that is difficult to use up when they are stuck inside for a long period of time.

As a former library clerk and lifetime bookworm, I enjoy creating theme-based book lists for everything. (Yes, I know. I’m a bit of a nerd!) 😉

When I discovered that my children like to act out some of the picture books we read throughout the day, I decided to compile a list of storybooks to enjoy on these long, winter days when we just need to get those wiggles out.

Today I am sharing our current favorites with you–listed in no particular order, because that’s how I roll these days! 😉

12 Action-Packed Picture Books that Get Kids Moving


Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley


Animal Action ABC by Karen Pandell


From Head to Toe Board Book by Eric Carle


The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Scheafer


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen


A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson


Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton


The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats


Silly Sally by Audrey Wood


Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson


Move! by Robin Page


Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphir Slobodkina

I hope these titles will give you a good starting point for you and your little ones to enjoy a few good books, get moving and have fun doing it. If you have any titles that you would add to the list, share about them in a comment below!

What books or activities to you enjoy with your stir-crazy kiddos?

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