This section includes descriptions and links to recommended picture books that make excellent feature books in different themes or are special favorites that can extend and enrich the study of a particular subject.
Featured Book Activity
Tyler Toad and the Thunder
written by Robert L. Crowe, illustrated by Kay Chorao
Throughout history, before people understood the scientific concepts related to thunderstorms they attempted to explain these natural phenomena through imaginative tales. It is still often easier for adults to reassure young children with storybook interpretations the child can understand and to which they can relate.
After discussion of the reasons for thunder shared with Tyler Toad ask readers to tell about some of the explanations they have heard. Make sure the group does not judge or laugh at any of the ideas shared; reinforce the assumption that all of these interpretations were at some time considered to be true.
Ask students to write a paragraph about the causes of thunder. These could be scientific ideas or explanations, stories that the writer has heard or been told, or tales from their own imagination.
Make a connection
written and illustrated by Will Hubbell
written and illustrated by Edna Miller
The wonderful illustrations showing the decomposition of the beloved jack-o-lantern in the garden in Pumpkin Jack reminded me of the jack-o-lantern that Mousekin found for his winter home in Mousekin's Golden House. Both books allow the Halloween pumpkin a dignified and useful end.