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Summer 2021

Tuesday, June 29th

I Don't Want To Be A Frog

Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that being himself isn’t so bad after all. In this very silly story with a sly message, told in hilarious dialogue between a feisty young frog and his heard-it-all-before father, young readers will identify with little Frog’s desire to be something different, while laughing along at his stubborn yet endearing schemes to prove himself right.

Here are additional activities you can do at home!


Other books by Dev Petty

-I Don’t Want To Be Big

-There’s Nothing To Do

-I Don’t Want To Go To Sleep


Lily Pad Hop:

Using green paper cut out “lily pads”

Write numbers or letters on each lily pad. Spread out the lily pads. Help your child find a letter or number and “hop” onto it, then “croak” out the letter or number.

Spread out blank lily pads. Have your child walk in a circle around the “pond” while playing music (a recording of frogs croaking is really fun!) Stop the music and have your child hop onto a lily pad. This is a great activity to do with friends!


Bugs On A Log

Cut celery sticks and fill with peanut butter, cream cheese or spread of your choice. Top with BUGS! (Raisins) If you’re in the mood to be silly with your child, lick some of the toppings just like a frog.

Tuesday, July 13th

There Was An Old Woman Who Swallowed A Shell

A new beach version of the classic "There Was an Old Lady" song and favorite series! "There was an old lady who swallowed a shell. I don't know why she swallowed the shell. She didn't tell. "You won't believe why this old lady swallows a shell, a crab, a fish, a gull, a pail, some sand, and a wave! But watch out when she burps, with hilarious results! With rollicking, rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of a classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page. And, there's a surprise ending!

Here are additional activities you can do at home!


There Was An Old Lady Series

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed
A Bat

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed 

A Chick

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bell


Learn With Shells:

-Use real shells (at Hobby Lobby for $5-$10 a bag) or cut out shells:

-Say a number and help your child count out shells to match the number

-Paint each letter of your child’s name onto each shell. Help your child spell out their name using the shells


Sand Cake


-1 12oz box Nilla Wafers

-1 8oz container Cool Whip

-2 3oz packages cream cheese softened

-1 and ½ cups milk


-Make “sand” by crushing the Nilla Wafers with a food processor or put cookies into a ziplock bag and use a rolling pin to crush cookies

-Using a mixer, combine Cool Whip, cream cheese, pudding mix and milk

-Layer a ¼ of the crumbs in the bottom of a large, clean sand pail

-Top with a 1/3 of the pudding mixture, then a layer of crumbs

-Continue layering, ending with crumbs

-Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Tuesday, July 20th

Hat Tricks By Satoshi Kitamura

Abracadabra, katakurico! Oh, goodness! Out pops a cat from Hattie’s magic hat. Can you guess what creature will appear from the magic hat next?

Follow along as Hattie the rabbit conjures up a parade of animals from her magic hat in this highly interactive story that’s perfect for toddler and preschool storytimes. Simple, repetitive language along with ample opportunities for prediction and fun magic words add to its engaging qualities. A great pairing for magic-themed activities and animal units.

Here are additional activities you can do at home!


Other books by Satoshi Kitamura

Millie's Marvellous Hat

The Smile Shop

What's Wrong With My Hair?


Magic Show

-Have your child fill a black top hat or any hat you have at home with small items i.e. legos, crayons, stuffed animals etc

-Gather an audience (family members, friends, your child’s special stuffed animals are a great audience too!)

-Have your child choose an item from the hat and give the audience a couple of clues as to what the item might be.
For example: It has a long handle, you use it to stir-what is it? A spoon! When someone guesses correctly your child pulls the item out of the hat.


Counting Game

-Lay out a few playing cards on a table

-Ask your child to choose a card

-Ask/help your child say the number that is on the card

-When they say the correct number toss it into your magic hat.

Tuesday, August 10th

Giraffes Can’t Dance By Giles Andrede

Giraffes Can't Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness.

Here are additional activities you can do at home!


Other books by Andrede Giles:

Rumble in the Jungle

Commotion in the Ocean

Dinosaurs Galore



Homemade Shakers

What you’ll need:

-clean plastic bottle, washed tin can with no sharp edges, 2 paper plates

-dry rice, lentils, different sized pasta, anything else around the house that is small and will add a different sound to your shaker!

-crayons, markers, stickers, ribbons to decorate



-rubber band


Instructions: Have your child decorate the plastic bottle, 2 paper plates and tin can.


Paper Plate Shaker:

-Staple the paper plates together with staples very close together. Leave a 2-3 inch gap in one section to pour rice etc into the stapled plates. This is to ensure that rice etc doesn’t

come out while shaking. After you pour in your “shaker ingredients” staple the rest of the paper plate so there are no gaps.

Plastic Bottle Shaker:

-Fill bottle halfway with “shaker ingredients”

-Secure bottle tightly with cap

Tin Can Shaker:

-Fill can halfway with “shaker ingredients”

- Cut the bottom of the balloon

-Stretch the balloon over the top of the can

-Put rubber band over top of can to secure the balloon

**Now it’s time to shake, rattle and roll! **

Tuesday, August 17th

In the Tall, Tall Grass
by Denise Fleming

If you were a fuzzy caterpillar crawling through the tall, tall grass on a sunny afternoon, what would you see?

To find out, just follow the tiny tour guide as he inches his way through the pages of this book. You'll see ants and bees and birds--hip-hopping bunnies too. You'll even hear the sounds some of them make

Here are additional activities you can do at home!


Books by Denise Fleming:

-In The Small, Small Pond


-Beetle Bop



Sit in the grass during the daytime. Listen to all of the sounds around you. Help your child identify the sounds you’re hearing. Have them make sounds of little critters that live in a grassy area.

Sit in the grass at night. Watch for fireflies and listen to the noises at night. Ask your child do you recognize some sounds that you heard during the day? What’s a new sound you hear? Does the grass feel different than it did earlier in the day? It will be past bedtime, but I guarantee you and your child will have fun!


Play Dough Recipe:

Use this recipe to make different kinds of bugs, birds and creatures that live in your backyard. Encourage your child to use their fingers to press, roll and manipulate the play dough to create their critters. This will help your child with his/her fine motor skills and have fun while doing it!

You Will Need:

-1 Cup Flour

-1/2 Cup Salt

-2 tsp Cream of Tartar

-1 Cup Water

-1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

-4-5 drops Food Coloring—great way to practice identifying colors!

-Optional: 2-3 drops essential oils

-Cookie Cutters i.e. bees, butterflies, caterpillars


*In a separate bowl combine all of your dry ingredients

*In a large pot mix the food coloring and water

*Add the vegetable oil to the water and food coloring and mix well

*Add the dry ingredients to the pot and mix well

*Cook over low to medium heat until the dough starts to form and becomes dry

*Once it starts to form a ball and looks fully cooked, remove from heat

*Let the dough cool first before touching

*once cool, knead the dough for 5 minutes to make it soft

Tuesday, August 24th

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

by Bill Martin Jr

There is always enough room on your child’s bookshelf for this Classic Board Book edition of the rollicking alphabet chant that has been a children’s favorite for over thirty years!

In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no—Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom!

Countless children—and their parents—can joyfully recite the familiar words of this beloved alphabet chant. Bill Martin, Jr., and John Archambault’s rhythmic text keeps the beat with Caldecott Honor illustrator Lois Ehlert’s bold, cheerful art. This winning combination has made the Chicka Chicka series an enduring classic.

Here are additional activities you can do at home!


Other Books by Bill Martin Jr.

Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat Are You Waking Up?

Spunky Little Monkey


-Use cookie cutters to make alphabet cookies. Have child spell out their name after cookies have cooled.

-Make Jell-O Jigglers (follow directions on box of gelatin). Use alphabet cookie cutters to make a tasty snack!

** Tactile activities such as tracing letters with different textures are great for reinforcement!**

Different textures you can try:

-Purchase felt letters (available at Hobby Lobby for $5.99). You and your child can say the name of the letter. Have your child trace the letters with their fingers.

- Cut letters out of sandpaper. This will be a great texture to trace!


Art Project: Make An Alphabet Tree

(This is a messy, but fun project!)

-On a large piece of paper or poster board draw or paint a tree trunk two thirds up the paper.

-Using green paint, cover the palm(s) of your child’s hand

-To make “Palm Leaves,” hold your child’s wrist and guide them to press their hand onto the paper to make a “leaf.” Repeat to make as many leaves as you wish.

-After your tree is completely dry, hang it on the refrigerator and have your child put magnetic letters on it to look just like the tree from the story. Don’t have alphabet magnets? No worries, us alphabet stickers instead!

Tuesday, September 14th

Lion Lessons

by Jon Agee

There are seven steps to becoming a proper lion, including Looking Fierce, Roaring, Prowling Around, and Pouncing. Our young hero, a rather meek and scrawny human boy, does his best to learn the necessary skills during his training with a master instructor (who just happens to be a real lion). After a grueling set of lessons, the boy discovers that that the final step—Looking Out for Your Friends—is the most important of all. That’s how any kid can earn his lion diploma (not to mention the affection of every cat in town).

Here are additional activities you can do at home!


Other Books By Jon Agee:

*I Want A Dog

* My Rhinoceros

*Z Goes Home


Homemade Binoculars and Safari Vests


-Glue 2 toilet paper tubes together. Wait until dry and decorate with construction paper, crayons, paint or stickers

-Cut a small hole on the outer edge of each tube

-Cut yarn or twine long enough to attach to your child’s binoculars to hang around their neck. Put yarn through holes and make a knot

Safari Vest:

-Lay a brown grocery bag flat and cut out the neckline from the bottom of the bag. Cut up the front of the bag to create the vest. Cut the arm holes

-Turn the vest inside out so no print is showing. Decorate using markers, paint, stickers etc

**Fun add-on: Use envelopes to create "pockets” onto the front of your vest. Simply glue envelopes to the front of your vest, add a button or two and now you’ll have a place to store maps and notes from your “safari!”


Pepperoni Lion Face Pizza

You Will Need:

-Pre-made pizza crust

-Pizza sauce

-Sliced Pepperoni and other desired toppings

-Shredded mozzarella cheese


-Spread sauce within an inch of the edge of the crust

-Sprinkle cheese on top

-Place pepperoni slices around the edge of the of the pizza to make lion’s mane

-use remaining pepperoni slices to make eyes, nose, whiskers and mouth

-bake pizza according to package instructions from store bought crust ENJOY!