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#ALSC12 Let’s Shake

Shaking our eggs to Laurie Berkner’s “I Know a Chicken” was just one highlight of the fascinating session Shake, Shimmy and Dance: Using Music with Preschoolers with Kate Schiavi of the Louisville Free Public Library.

We cut a rug to Dan Zane’s “Let’s Shake,” let our parachute fly to The Beach Boys’ “Surfing’ USA,” and learned some important facts about music and literacy.  I can’t wait to try out lots of the ideas Kate shared for incorporating lively music, props, instruments, and movement in storytime!

Sharon McClintock
Children’s Librarian
City of Mountain View Public Library
Mountain View, CA


  1. Carissa Knoles

    That sounds a lot like what I do, but I use live music by playing guitar. So great to read about other music activities for young children, as it’s so important and such a great teaching tool. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jenny

    I’m going to have to talk my department into getting some rhythm sticks! The rainbow band was another great idea (especially with the song “Dream a Little Dream of Me”).

    1. Sharon McClintock

      Yes, Jenny–and I also love her idea of the freeze dance, but making it a freeze “sleep” pantomime to the song “Mr. Sandman.” Great for an evening storytime!

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