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
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
written by Audrey and Don Wood, illustrated by Don Wood
What a delightful, nutritious treat! Prepare them ahead of storytime or let the children help put them together.
What you'll need
- Fresh strawberries
- Mini chocolate chips
- Black decorators' icing
- Almond slivers
- Red lace licorice
- Wedges of Cheese
How to make it
- For each mouse, slice a small section from the side of a strawberry so it sits flat.
- Press a mini chocolate chip into the tip for a nose, using a small dab of icing to secure it in place, if needed.
- Add icing eyes and stick 2 almond slivers into the top of the berry for ears.
- For a tail, use a toothpick to carve a small hole in the back of the berry and push the end of a piece of licorice lace into the hole.
- Serve these berry cute treats with small triangles of cheese.
First seen in Family Fun Magazine
Make a connection
written by Paul Fleischman and Kevin Hawkes
written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
Transformative Power of Imagination
As she sits waiting at the bus stop a young girl watches the every day busy-ness of the street but "sees" a Sidewalk Circus with performers as suggested by posters, signs, and the scrolling marque. In And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street a boy makes an effort to create an exciting report for his father by starting with a commonplace event and using his imagination to make it a wildly rambunctious out-of-this-world happening.