PreK – K: Birthday

This past week was my daughter’s birthday. So, this theme includes a few books we found at our library that revolve around birthday celebrations.

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  • If A T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party by Jill Esbaum
    This book explains all the ways that a misbehaving T. Rex could ruin your celebration.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Birthday traditions
  • Happy Birthday, Jamela! by Niki Daly
    This story tells about a South African girl who is shopping for clothes for her 7th birthday. She wants “Princess Shoes”, but her mother buys her sensible school shoes instead. So, the girl bedazzles the shoes, which makes her mother mad. However, a local artist likes the shoes and invites the girl to make more with her and sell them. So, the girl earns enough money for her mother to buy her new school shoes and the “Princess Shoes”.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: South Africa, Xhosa language, entrepreneurship

    ART: Creativity, craft markets
    MATH: Prices, budget choices
  • The Birthday Queen by Audrey and Don Wood
    This book uses very colorful illustrations to tell about a fairy-godmother-like woman who makes sure that everything is perfect for your birthday party.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Birthday traditions
  • Happy Birthday, Cupcake! by Terry Border
    This story follows a cupcake and a muffin as they try to come up with ideas for Cupcake’s birthday party. The book uses real photographs of foods made into figures and set in real scenery.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Considering the needs of individuals in a group
  • Happy Birthday, Big Bad Wolf by Frank Asch
    In this spin-off from the Three Little Pigs, a young pig mistakenly thinks that his family is throwing a surprise party for the wolf. His parents have to play along to avoid being eaten.

    LITERACY: Retelling a fairy tale
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Birthday traditions
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PreK – K: Physical Characteristics and Growth

The books in this theme deal with some aspect of the physical body. Some books are about physical characteristics, others focus on what a body can do.

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My daughter wanted to read this book over and over! It uses short phrases and lively pictures of kids and families to talk about different characteristics of skin. It covers different shades of skin, that skin grows and heals, sensations, and uniqueness.

SCIENCE: Skin

SOCIAL STUDIES: Multi-culturalism, family life, community

 

This story starts out with a little penguin wanting a certain bedtime story. It turns out that it is the story of his mom’s upbringing by a dragon mother within a dragon community that is not very accepting of a penguin. However, the penguin saves the young dragons’ lives because she is different from them.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Adoption, appreciating differences within a community

SCIENCE: Antarctic environment, volcanoes, animal adaptations

 

This book tells all the things a little boy can almost do because he is nearly grown up.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Sibling relationships

LANGUAGE ARTS: Hyperbole

 

This book has short phrases about different things “some kids” like to do. It has really cute pictures of cartoony animal kids on photographs of real-life backgrounds.

HEALTH: Includes children with disabilities (wheelchair, Braille reading)

 

This story follows a boy, his dog, and some chickens over the course of a year of life on a farm. It talks about the changes happening in nature and how the animals and the boy grow.

SCIENCE: Seasonal changes, animal growth

SOCIAL STUDIES: Farm life

 

This board book has adorable pictures of a little boy and his teddy bear. It talks about loving all aspects, good and bad, of a child.

HEALTH: Emotions

 

In this book, a very self-confident pig girl tells about all of the things she likes about herself and can do for herself.

HEALTH: Self-confidence, hygiene, nutrition

 

In this book, a little girl compares how she looks and what she likes to the looks and likes of her parents.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Multi-cultural families, museums

 

This book follows a little boy throughout a whole day and tells all of the things he can do himself.

HEALTH: Getting dressed, hygiene

 

In this book, a 4-year-old tells about how life was when she was younger and how it is now.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Family life

PreK – K: Helping each other in a family

This theme focuses on how family members work together on a variety of tasks. Some of the books expand this idea to include community members, in addition to the family.

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  • Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell
    This book uses short phrases to tell how a mom and her five children shop for groceries, followed by how they, together with the dad, prepare a meal at home for the whole extended family.
    MATH: Counting from 1 to 10 is used twice during the telling of the story.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Family life, African-American, grocery store
  • D.W.’s Lost Blankie by Marc Brown
    This book is based on the PBS series Arthur. It tells about a little girl who has lost her favorite blanket and how her father and brother try to help her find it.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Some discussion of community areas, like playground, library, and car wash. The family seems to include a working mom.
    HEALTH: Going to sleep.
  • Just shopping with mom by Mercer Mayer
    This “Little Critter” book tells about the mayhem the little sister causes during a grocery shopping trip. The big brother and the mother try to manage to get her through the trip.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Shows unacceptable behavior in stores, though the moral is a bit diluted by the fact that they all get a treat at the end.
  • I lost my bear by Jules Feiffer
    This book is partially in the style of a graphic novel and the pictures are funny. It tells about a girl who has lost her teddy bear and how she tries to find it by implementing her family member’s (not so helpful) suggestions.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Family relationships
    HEALTH: Feelings
  • Martha doesn’t share! by Samantha Berger
    This book tells about a little girl who keeps everything for herself. When her parents and brother do not want to play with her because of her selfishness, she realizes that it would be better to share.
    HEALTH: Selfishness and sharing
  • Day by day by Susan Gal
    Short phrases tell the story of a family of pigs who move to a new home and their interactions with their new community.
    SCIENCE: Planting crops and harvest
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Neighbors and community events
  • What a Good Big Brother! by Diane Wright Landolf
    In this book, a young boy learns why his baby sister cries and he helps to soothe her.
    SCIENCE/HEALTH: Taking care of a baby, including references and illustration of  a baby breastfeeding.
  • A chair for my mother by Vera B. Williams
    This story tells about a girl, her mom, and her grandmother who save up change to buy an armchair. It may be a bit scary for children because the girl talks about their house burning down and having to start over in a new apartment. However, she also explains how her extended family and neighbors helped them.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Jobs, saving money, working mom, community helping, banks
    MATH: Saving money, counting coins, exchanging coins for paper money
  • The Littlest Dinosaur by Michael Foreman
    This book is a very tiny dinosaur who has trouble keeping up with his bigger relatives. However, one day, he saves them all because he is so small and is able to get help.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Family life
    MATH: Size comparison

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