December 4th is National Cookie Day. Can you think of a better way to celebrate than to read a silly story about the delectable treats? Okay…I can think of one other higher calorie festive act: eat a plate full. But first, read Missouri Building Blocks nominee “Duckling Gets a Cookie!?“ by Mo Willems. This book features the ever obstinate Pigeon, one polite Duckling and, of course, a coveted cookie. Heck, go ahead and throw a party using the publisher’s event kit; they give you the directions for games like duck, duck, pigeon, and provide patterns for inventing your own cookies.
To round out your National Cookie Day celebration, I highly recommend “Who Put the Cookie in the Cookie Jar?“ by George Shannon. I absolutely love how this book turns the traditional rhyme about who stole the cookies upside down. This delightful rhyming text depicts all of the hands that go into making cookies with love. You see people from around the world gathering eggs, sewing the oven mitts, transporting the goods and stocking the store shelves. The preschoolers in my story times love pointing out their favorite types of cookies and sharing memories of making cookies with their family. So go make some memories! And eat a cookie for me.
Jan Thomas’ books are known for their humor, and “Let’s Sing a Lullaby With the Brave Cowboy” doesn’t disappoint. Turning a typical bedtime routine on its head, the parent – played by the brave cowboy – continues to halt the bedtime process. Cowboy’s wild imagination turns flowers into spiders and sticks into snakes. Luckily the cows and a not-so-scary wolf alleviate his fears, and he happily croons everyone to sleep.
Kids love guessing what inanimate object is scaring Cowboy. Their enthusiastic and imaginative guessing reminds me of a simple game I made up as a child. I called it… “The Peek Game.”
How do you play this marvelous game, you ask?
- Gather a file folder, scissors and some interesting images from magazines or calendars.
- Cut several flaps in the front your file folder. Larger flaps are perfect for young ones. Tiny flaps make the game more challenging.
- Hide an image inside the folder.
- Let one player pick a flap to open.
- Given this peek, what could the image be?
- Continue opening windows and guessing until you guess correctly.
- Swap places and let the other player pick an image.
Looking for more fun? In the vein of Throwback Thursday, take a peek at our past blogs for another popular guessing game and my favorite cowpoke lullaby (actions included).
Creepy creatures and scary stories abound in October. A book that isn’t TOO scary but will build anticipation and excitement is “It’s A Tiger” by David LaRochelle. It starts in the jungle with a monkey swinging from vine to vine. No. Wait. That’s not a monkey…IT’S A TIGER! Your child won’t be able to stop himself from shouting as you turn the pages of this fun Missouri Building Block nominee. But if you are worried about sharing scary stories with your child, here are some suggestions: Continue reading
Cats are a strange breed. What do these felines do all day? Why is Grumpy Cat so very cranky? Jef Czekaj has gathered the answers to these age old questions in his book “Cat Secrets.” Or has he?
The covert information Czekaj has collected is for CATS ONLY. The book’s trailer gives you a sneak peek, but you will have to grab a copy to uncover the confidential contents.
This book is guaranteed to get your preschoolers up and moving; they will be stretching and meowing away to prove they are actually cats and worthy of the secrets. Wouldn’t you?
For more fun, visit this compilation of feline riddles, crafts and book suggestions.
Now that you have tackled one of life’s great mysteries, you can move on to the next: what does the fox say?
Would you like to participate in something HUGE? How about the BIGGEST STORYTIME EVER? Preschoolers and caregivers worldwide will be participating in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record and you can take part, too. One book. One day. Last year, 2.3 million people participated. Seriously. Simply put, it’s an international “One Read” for preschoolers. This year’s book is Loren Long’s “Otis.”
Help break the world record again this year! You can stop by any DBRL location today (October 3) to share the book, add to the official tally of readers and enter a drawing for a chance to win your own stuffed Otis.
Can’t make it in? You can still take part by reading the book for free at We Give Books, a free digital reading initiative by Penguin and the Pearson Foundation. Share with us how many children and adults enjoyed the book with you in the comments below! Continue reading