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Movement & Music
Children naturally enjoy music, movement, and rhythm. Music can move us all and be a creative means of adding joy and color to our world! Although we each experience music in our own way; allowing us to develop and express different ideas, thoughts, and emotions; it can bridge us together by being a common connection and language that we all speak the same way.

Movement activities like dancing help children develop and improve fine and gross motor skills, balance, memory, and coordination. When people (of all ages) take part in music and movement activities, they have permission to have fun, move creatively and burn energy. Meanwhile, participating in group music and movement activities help children develop and refine social skills. Read on to learn MORE !

It's great when books, movement, and music work together. We've scoured our eLibrary looking for great resources inspire your children to make music and get moving ! We hope you you are as pleasantly surprised with all the great stuff you can get with your library card as we are!

We've enjoyed this video of Wes Tank rapping "Fox in Socks" and hope that you will, too. Enjoy!
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Wiggle by Doreen Cronin
Do you wake up with a wiggle' Do you wiggle out of bed' For energetic toddlers (are there any who aren't'), here's a book that invites them to wiggle along with the story.

I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison and Frank Morrison
On a simple trip to the park, the joy of music overtakes a mother and daughter. The little girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her—from butterflies, to street performers, to ice cream sellers everything is musical! She sniffs, snaps, and shakes her way into the heart of the beat, finally busting out in an impromptu dance, which all the kids join in on!

Pete the Cat and his band have packed up their bags and are ready to perform all over the globe. But what's the fun in globe-trotting if you don't go out exploring?
This series for students ages 4–9 offers easy music reading, with large-size notes and grand staff notation, as well as hands one octave apart in "positions."

Meet pop star Beyoncé! Follow Beyoncé's career from Destiny's Child to her first solo album Dangerously in Love to singing the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration to a record 62 Grammy Award nominations! Meet other Pop Stars in this series including Lady Gaga, Drake, Rihanna and more!

Who Is Stevie Wonder? by Jim Gigliotti
Stevie Wonder is one of the most successful singer-songwriter-musicians of our time. Signing his first record deal when he was only eleven, he had his first No.1 hit when he was thirteen. Since then he has had thirty US top ten hits, won a range of awards for his music and his civil rights work, and created such iconic songs as "Isn't She Lovely" and "I Just Called to Say I Love You."
Eagle Rock Series Series, Book 1
by Hope Larson
13 year-old Bina has a long summer ahead of her. Her best friend Austin has been acting kind of weird lately and he's going to soccer camp for a month. So it's up to Bina to see how much fun she can have on her own.
Born To Rock by Gordon Korman
When Leo Caraway—high school senior, president of the Young Republicans club, 4.0 GPA, future Harvard student - is falsely accused of cheating on a test he loses his scholarship to Harvard. So he hatches the crazy plan to go on tour with King Maggot (aka his father), hoping to convince Maggot to pay for his tuition. But before the tour is over, he will finally discover the surprising truth about his dad, his friends, and most importantly, himself.

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
It's the start of Jordan Sun's junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she's an Alto 2, so it's no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight. But then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington's elite a cappella octet. Worshiped . . . revered . . . all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn David Levithan
Nick frequents New York's indie rock scene nursing a broken heart. Norah is questioning all of her assumptions about the world. They have nothing in common except for their taste in music, until a chance encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band's secret show and ends up becoming a first date that could change both their lives.
by Wynton Marsalis and Paul Rogers
Features an audio read-along performed by the author! Ringing with exuberance and auditory delights, this second collaboration by world-renowned jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis and acclaimed illustrator Paul Rogers takes readers (and listeners) on a rollicking, clanging, clapping tour through the many sounds that fill a neighborhood.
 by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie are on a mission to find—and inspire—a musician that brings happiness to millions of people. After traveling to New Orleans, Jack and Annie come head to head with some real ghosts, and discover the world of jazz when they meet a young Louis Armstrong.
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Armed with his grandfather’s brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, Clayton runs away from home in search of the band of Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. His journey will take him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, and Clayton may learn some things that surprise him.

Cheetah Girls by Deborah Gregory
A 16-book novel series about an all girls vocal group seeking success and fortune in NYC!
The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
Emmy King, the teen drummer in the rock band The Brightsiders, has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck in all the tabloids.
Music with Mar is a program dedicated to bring quality, brain based music to children and families.
Kidz Bop by Kidz Bop Kidz
Kidz Bop is a brand of compilation albums featuring children singing and covering contemporary and clean pop songs, made more kid appropriate by changing explicit lyrics.

A compilation albums of Disney songs covered by mainstream pop and/or Disney Channel artists singing their own rendition or version of the song.
Get The Party Started by Juice Music
Crazy Blondie by Lady Gaga

Kiss By Carly Rae Jepsen

Now That's What I Call ... In 1983, the release of Now 1 marked the beginning of the ever successful and world renowned compilation series, Now That's What I Call Music
Get ready to move your feet with Sesame Street! Elmo, Abby, and the rest of the Sesame Street team are getting together for a party and you're invited! And it's not any old party, it's a Dance Party! Join in the fun as Zoe choreographs a ballet, Nina teaches dances from all around the world, Elmo records a music video, and more!

A multi-talented young girl must choose between pursuing her mother's dream of her becoming a prima ballerina and her father's aspirations of making her a sports champion.

Told in the voice of a cool cat named Scat, this dramatic story tells how Ella got her sound on the way to a most remarkable and inspiring career.
The award-winning film that follows New York City fourth and fifth graders as they journey into the world of competitive ballroom dance.
Follow the in- class and at-home drama, competition, heartbreak and triumph during one school year at the Los Angeles County High School Academy for the Arts (LACHSA). Talented teenagers reach for their dreams of becoming actors, singers, dancers, and musicians. 

Two cross-town rival dance teams go head to head for the National Nationals Championship.

Full-body techniques for those who want to stay fit on a tight schedule.
Have fun dancing like a robot while practicing following directions, telling our left from our right, shapes, counting and maybe even reading! Have fun making up dance "commands" and then record them on separate scraps of paper and pull out randomly for each player's turn. Crank up on Mr. Roboto to start the game!
More Online
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A fun movement song for kids, with Jack Hartmann

ZumbaKids b y GoNoodle
Dance your heart out with modeled moves and slick beats.