Physical Activity Book List

One way to assist in reinforcing healthy behaviours is to provide books that focus on physical activity. Select books to read that show the characters being physically active. Have the children do motions with the actions in the story. For example, when Curious George rides his bike, have the children stand up and cycle with their hands. When Froggy learns to swim, have them use their arms to swim, too. When reading stories and rhymes about jumping, get the children to jump in place along with the story. 

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Curious George Rides a Bike, H. A. Rey
  • Froggy Learns to Swim, Jonathan London
  • Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More, Jack Prelutsky
  • Hop Jump, Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • The Big Comfy Couch Potato, Cheryl Wagner
  • The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV, Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Get up and Go!, Nancy L. Carlson 
  • From Head to Toe, Eric Carle
  • Walking Through the Jungle, Debbie Harter
  • We All Went On Safari, Laurie Krebs
  • Stop Drop and Roll, Margery Cuyler 
  • Jump, Kangaroo, Jump!, Stuart J. Murphy
  • Monkey See, Monkey Do, Marc Gave
  • Monster Musical Chairs, Stuart J. Murphy
  • One, Two, Skip a Few!, Roberta Arenson

 Adapted from Healthy Start Saskatchewan.