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Literacy in Motion CD Download

Literacy In Motion
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Item Number: LS-1500DL

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Literacy in Motion CD, Developing Literacy through Interactive Music, Song and Dance

This collection of 20 interactive songs, dances and activities are designed to motivate children to read, and foster a lifelong love for reading. We’ve chosen some of the most popular children’s books (primarily Caldecott Medalists) and designed movement songs that correlate to each story. Children will be invited to dance and get wild to Maurice Sendak’s, “Where the Wild Things Are”, make something out of nothing with Simms Taback’s, “I Had a Little Overcoat”, learn how to whistle (“Whistle for Willie”), tap dance with Bojangles, count to ten in Swahili and much, much more!

There is even a heaping plate of “Green Eggs and Ham”, the adventures of a “Very Hungry Caterpillar”, along with classics like “Goldilocks and the 3 Bears” and moving tale “The Giving Tree”. Let’s not forget a healthy dose of good, silly fun when your Eyebrows Touch the Moon based on the antics in the book “Rain Makes Applesauce”. And, add to that a Jamaican groove “Head to Toe Dance” that will have everyone moving to your favorite book by Eric Carle. Combine reading aloud with songs that enhance the total experience and watch your children blossom with a joy of reading!

Includes lyrics, movements and activities in a 24 page booklet insert.

Song Samples & YouTube Demonstration Videos below

For more information about award winning children’s literature visit the American Library Association website at http://www.ala.org

    Creative Child Award   Creative Child Magazine - 2009 CD of the Year Award


Professional Reviews



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By Espie Estrella, Guide to Music Education at About.com, July 2009

Literacy in Motion is one of the CDs from their (The Learning Station's)  impressive list of recordings that caught my interest. What makes this CD different is that it contains 20 songs that ties-up nicely to a specific children's book. For example, "Clickety Clack Click Rap A Tap Tap" correlates to the book Here’s Bojangles--Think of That! by Leo and Diane Dillon, while the song "Angry" ties-up with Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry.

Other well-loved children's literature such as The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss are explored through corresponding songs.

All the songs are upbeat and written in various styles (i.e. country and rock). The lyrics are well-written and encourages young listeners to dance or act-out the words. The liner notes contains the lyrics, instructions and illustrations.

Preschool teachers can incorporate Literacy in Motion into their teaching and librarians can also use this CD to extend story time activities. Young children (and the young-at-heart) will have fun dancing along to and acting out each song in this album.






By Fran Grauman, Children's Music Guide at About.com, October 2006




Cool Concept - Most songs are stories related with music.  It makes perfect sense for these songs to relate to stories and books.  And it's a great way for kids to continue to enjoy both the songs and the stories.  Literacy In Motion describes the project perfectly.  The Learning Station is a team of experienced educators.


Songs connect to classic books, classic stories, newer books which are destined to be classics (like "No, David!"), cultural classics, and movement stories.  Literacy in Motion is a great album. The music is fun and creative and non-annoying. Kids (and parents) will love these songs and will want to re-read the books. Librarians and teachers will love this album also.




By Beverly Bixler, School Library Journal, San Antonio Public Library, TX, May 1, 2006


SLJ Audio Pick

The Learning Station’s Don, Laurie, and Jan have written and sing 20 wonderful original songs, each of which ties into a well-known children’s picture book, many of them Caldecott Award or Honor winners. Designed to motivate children to read, 10 of the songs are new to this album, and 10 have been previously offered on other Learning Station recordings. The trio use rock, Jamaican, folk, country, and African-style music to give the collection variety. The lyrics booklet includes instructions for each tune. Among the songs are “Wild Things” (Where the Wild Things Are), “I Had a Little Overcoat” (Joseph Had a Little Overcoat), “Head to Toe Dance” (From Head to Toe), “The Giving Song” (The Giving Tree), “Tappy Tappy” (Tikki Tikki Tembo), “Want to Whistle” (Whistle for Willie), “Swahili Counting Song” (Moja Means One), “No, No, No, No” (No, David!), “I Know an Old Lady” (There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly), and others. Children’s librarians will want to use this great resource to enhance their story time activities.


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Track List: Related Children's Books Sample
Wild Things Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak - 1963 (Harper) Caldecott Medal 1964 Download
I Had a Little Overcoat Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback - 1999 (Viking) Caldecott Medal 2000 Download
Head to Toe Dance From Head to Toe by Eric Carle 1997 (HarperCollins) Download
Eyebrows Touch the Moon

Rain Makes Applesauce illustrated by Marvin Bileck; text by Julian Scheer 1964 (Holiday) Caldecott Honor 1965

The Giving Song The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein - 1964 (Harper & Row) Download
Tappy Tappy Tikki Tikki Tembo retold by Arlene Mosel & illustrated by Blair Lent - 1968 (Holt) Download
Want to Whistle Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats - 1964 (Viking) Download
Swahili Counting Song Moja Means One, Swahili Counting Book illustrated by Tom Feelings; text by Muriel Feelings – 1971 (Dial) Caldecott Honor 1972 Download
Clickety Clack Click Rap A Tap Tap Here’s Bojangles--Think of That! by Leo and Diane Dillon – 2002 (Scholastic) Coretta Scott King Honor Download
No, No, No, No No, David! by David Shannon - 1998 (Scholastic) Caldecott Honor 1999 Download
Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – 1970 (Philomel) Download
Green Eggs and Ham Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss - 1960 (Random House) Download
Sad, Bad, Terrible Day Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst - 1972 (Atheneum) Download
Goldilocks & the 3 Bears Goldilocks and the Three Bears retold & illustrated by James Marshall – 1988 (Dial) Caldecott Honor 1989 Download
I Know an Old Lady There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback 1997 (Viking) Caldecott Honor 1998 Download
Five Little Monkeys Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow 1989 (Clarion) Download
Old McDonald Old McDonald by Rosemary Wells – 1998 (Scholastic Press) Download
Angry When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang 1999 (Scholastic) Caldecott Honor 2000 Download
Special Friends Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka – 1993 (Orchard) Caldecott Honor 1994 Download
Kwanzaa Jambo Means Hello: A Swahilli Alphabet Book illustrated by Tom Feelings; text by Muriel Feelings - 1974 (Dial) Caldecott Honor 1975 Download

Customer Reviews


By  Jan Streelman, Children's Librarian, Wiggin Memorial Library, Stratham, NH

As a librarian, I was particularly thrilled with "Literacy in Motion" and am constantly using it in my programs as well as recommending it to local preschool and Head Start teachers, who are always looking for music to use in their classrooms. We used several of the songs in one Storytime session the week the Caldecott Medal winners (an award given to illustrators of American picture books for children) were announced, following the reading of a story by a past award-winner with the corresponding song from the CD. They really loved "Wild Things" ("Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak) and "Head to Toe Dance" ("From Head to Toe" by Eric Carle). Our next Storytime will feature "Green Eggs and Ham" from this CD as well as the book in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2nd. There is no end to the ways I can incorporate The Learning Station's phenomenal fun and educational music into the total Storytime experience! My Story time patrons and I are eternally grateful to you for enhancing our programs and encouraging early literacy as well.



By Deborah Williams, FTCC Children's Center, Fayetteville, NC


I was introduced to your "Tony Chestnut" and "Wild Things" songs at a "NC Caring For Children's Conference" that I attended in Fayetteville, NC on April 1, 2006.  I was very impressed with your music.  I know the children in our Center would love your music. Many thanks!

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