Read! Move! Learn! Active Stories for Active Learning is a children’s book by co-authored by Carol Totsky Hammett and Nicki Collins Geigert. The book focuses on active learning in the classroom.

The Importance of Active Learning Books

Children’s books form an integral part of child development particularly in learning development and thinking processes. Picture books and chapter books are great for young readers that are not yet attending school. For children who are in kindergarten and early stages in grade school, active stories for active learning play a crucial part in their early education.

What is Active Learning?

According to Center for Educational Innovation,

Active learning is any approach to instruction in which all students are asked to engage in the learning process. Active learning stands in contrast to “traditional” modes of instruction in which students are passive recipients of knowledge from an expert.

Active learning can take many forms and be executed in any discipline. Commonly, students will engage in small or large activities centered around writing, talking, problem-solving, or reflecting


Active learning refers to a broad range of teaching strategies that engage students as active participants in their learning during class time with their instructor. Typically, these strategies involve some amount of students working together during class, but may also involve individual work and/or reflection. These teaching approaches range from short, simple activities like journal writing, problem-solving and paired discussions, to longer, involved activities or pedagogical frameworks like case studies, role plays, and structured team-based learning.”

Why is it very important?

Encourage independent thinking

Active learning help kids to trust in their own instinct and thought process.

Help develop critical-mindedness

Group dynamics encourage the sharing of ideas as well as validating them.

Develop creative thinking in kids

Games and problem-solving exercises allow them to explore possibilities.

Exposure to peer/group exercises

Active learning encourages activities that require them to interact with others.

Help kids to be more responsible

Active learning encourages kids to accept roles and responsibilities.

Motivate kids to participate more

Active learning encourages participation in all activities.

Active Stories for Active Learning Today

Read! Move! Learn! by Carol Totsky Hammett and Nicki Collins Geigert

Read! Move! Learn! Active Stories for Active Learning is a book published in 2007. The authors Carol Totsky Hammet and Nicki Collins Geigert aim to enhance literacy skills, bring the magic of a good book to the classroom, and encourage healthy, active lifestyles in young children with Read! Move! Learn! The book has over 150 active learning experiences based on more than 70 popular children’s books. Each of the book’s selection features two or three activities designed to support the corresponding story, as well as classroom physical activities to enhance the development of basic motor skills like jumping and skipping, as well as dramatic play skills. Instructions are provided including theme connections, related books, and music, lesson objectives. There is also a vocabulary list, a concept list for each activity in the book.

Some of the children’s books included are:

  • Barn Dance
  • Color Dance
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • I’m a Little Teapot
  • In the Tall, Tall Grass
  • Monkey See, Monkey Do
  • Quick as a Cricket
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  • Ten Terrible Dinosaurs
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

About Carol Totsky Hammett

Carol Totsky Hammett taught pre-kindergarten and early childhood special education. Her teaching career spans over 25 years. She has a doctorate in educational leadership, studying how active learning (learning through movement) can help vocabulary development in kindergarten and first-grade students. Dr. Carol Totsky Hammett is a retired school principal in Bend, Oregon. She also conducts seminars on various topics in early education.

About Nicki Collins Geigert

Nicki Collins Geigert’s career as an educator spans over 40 years. She has led numerous workshops for The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) as well as national and regional early childhood organizations. She is also an early childhood motor development consultant. She lives in Carlsbad, California.