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: Differences in Families

This theme focuses on diversity within and among families. I have included books that showcase various ethnicities, same-sex parents, and adoption, in addition to a couple of silly books.

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  • The Family Book by Todd Parr
    This very colorful book uses child-like drawings and short phrases to illustrate the similarity and difference between family members and between family groups.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Illustrates diversity and includes single parents, same-sex parents, adoption, and step-parents/-children.
  • Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble by Tracey Corderoy
    In this book, a little girl tells about her grandmother who is a witch. The girl tries to get the grandmother to look and act more like other grandmothers, but then realizes that she liked her the way she was.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Accepting differences in others
  • Ten days and nine nights by Yumi Heo
    This book counts down the days as a Korean-American family prepares to welcome home the baby they are adopting from Korea.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: International travel, older sibling preparing for a new baby
    MATH: Counting down from 10
  • A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager
    This book is set up as a series of questions that a couple of friends ask a little boy about which of his moms does what. The illustrations are drawn from the kids’ perspective, so you only see the hands and legs of the adults helping the boy.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Same-sex parents, multi-cultural (the moms and the one friend appear white, the son appears to be African-American, and the one friend appears Asian)
  • Black is brown is tan by Arnold Adoff
    This book shows the everyday life of a family with a white dad and an African-American mom and their biracial children. It is written in a poetic style with all lower-case letters and no punctuation.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Racially diverse families
  • Who’s In My Family by Robie H. Harris
    This book follows a family through a whole day from the time they get up in the morning to go to the zoo until they go to bed. It discusses many aspects of family life in which families are similar and different, including where they live, what they eat, and who is part of a family. The illustrations include families from various cultures.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Diverse cultures, diverse family structures, diverse foods, community
  • All Kinds of Families! by Mary Ann Hoberman
    A fun rhyming book about human families, animal families, and families made out of groups of things found in nature, on shelves, and in the refrigerator.
    SOCIAL STUDIES: Family relationships and family history
    MATH: Grouping and sorting items
    SCIENCE: Things found in nature
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