A lively alphabet book that encourages playful movement and learning.
“Skate along the Ice for I! For J we Jam and Jive. K’s for Kicking as you swim and float and splash and dive.”
Watch the alphabet come to life as children run and twirl and jump and play and learn their way through the ABCs! Combining movement and learning, this imaginative alphabet book teaches young learners not only how to move from A to Z but also how to creatively have fun as they stay active and keep their bodies healthy and strong.
The book includes a special section for parents and educators with tips for using movement to teach problem-solving, listening, and other social and emotional skills.
About the Author
Connie Bergstein Dow has an MFA from the University of Michigan and is the author of two books for teachers: One, Two, What Can I Do? Dance and Music for the Whole Day and Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn! Enriching Movement Activities for Preschoolers. She has also written a preschool teacher handbook for WeTHRIVE! with movement activities that address the Ohio Early Learning Content Standards for language arts and mathematics and contributed to the development of a dance curriculum for the Ohio Department of Education Model Arts Curriculum. Connie has also written articles for Highlights High Five, Teaching Young Children and Young Children (NAEYC), and Early Childhood News. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Originally from London, Gareth Llewhellin now lives in beautiful Somerset with his wife and two boys. He works from his home studio alongside his ever-faithful assistant, Herbie the Jack Russell, with coffee and treats at the ready! After studying illustration at Bournemouth College of Art and Design and working as an in-house illustrator for most of his career, Gareth took the plunge to freelance seven years ago and hasn’t looked back. He loves bikes, nature, and fresh air.
“This bright and lively book will bring a healthy union between learning and fun.” — Children’s Bookwatch
“The book’s lively rhyming alphabet rhythm and vibrant illustrations, featuring a diverse cast of children enjoying a wide range of activities, will have everyone dancing, twirling, jumping, skipping—in short, exercising with an enthusiastic E! Parents, teachers, and caregivers will appreciate the section for adults, which includes the ‘science’ of staying active and fun activities to get everyone moving!” — Kelly Bennett, award-winning author and educator
“From A to Z with Energy! is a delightfully creative and thoroughly engaging MUST-HAVE experience for all very young children, their siblings, friends, parents, and teachers. Connie Dow, highly respected in the field of early childhood dance education, has produced another gem for her priceless collection of resources for early childhood education facilitators. The author’s passion for her subject and her utmost respect for her young followers spring from the pages and will entice even the most reluctant to join in the dance!” — Anne Dunkin, Ph.D., author of Dancing in Your School: A Guide for Preschool and Elementary School Teachers
“From A to Z with Energy by Connie Bergstein Dow is a really terrific book for young families and teachers of young children. With its emphasis on having fun and incorporating play into every day, the book is a great way to help build exercise and activity into a daily habit. The illustrations are fun and I can imagine that this book will be often requested by children for reading and rereading again and again. What a great book!” — Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director and author
“Join the fun as our youngest readers explore the alphabet so they can fill their own worlds with energy and motion. In this joyful book, author and dancer Connie Bergstein Dow shares her passion for words and movement in pages that skip, zip, climb, skate, and even celebrate the moon with the snappy art of British illustrator Gareth Llewhellin.” — Louise Borden, award-winning author of 31 children’s books, including The Journey That Saved Curious George
“Fun bouncy text and colorful images create body awareness for young kids while action verbs highlight the alphabet. The language and provided activities dare kids to stay in their seats.” — Leslie Helakoski, picture book author and writing instructor