The theme was Humour! Children at this age respond to humour, they love being silly, and they understand the humour in situations. Our spring/summer list of books included some classics in this genre – from ‘Alexander’s No Good Day…’ to the humorous take on the popular tales like the ‘Three Little Wolves’ , we have had fun sharing them all! ‘The Book With No Pictures’ was read on a repeat! The book list included Caldecott winners, books that have imaginative and fun stories and artworks that lends itself well to art projects.
Tomorrow is our last day of our book club for the 3 to 6’s before the summer program begins next week! We’ve shared many laughs this time – some books had us rolling on the floor, a few had us giggling and quite a few turned storytellers!
Take a look at what we read and did! This is a great list of books if you are looking for Humour- innovative twisted tales, award winning classics , Indian publishing and one of the most creative books we’ve seen in the recent years! Enjoy!
1. On popular demand we re-visited the Caldecott winner ‘There was an old Lady who swallowed a fly’ By Simms Taback (Caldecott Honor Book 1998)
We made little match box books for the wonderful chain story
Our friend, author and illustrator Indu Harikumar has been inspiring us to make these match books 🙂
2. ‘Three little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig’ By Eugene Trivizas, (ALA Notable Book)
Most 3 to 6 year olds know these stories so it is doubly fun to share the twisted versions of the same. It gets them thinking! A little girl went back home and wrote her version of Little Red Riding Hood with her grandmother! Will share it on the blog soon!
The flower house the wolves build to entice the big bad PIG!! Gorgeous and creative homes created by children..
3. ‘The Ginger Bear’ By Mini Grey
This is a twist on the Ginger Bread boy. It is story of a cookie in the shape of a bear, who sets out to avoid being eaten. We love Mini Grey, do read Egg Drop if you haven’t already!
Waiting for the cookies they rolled out )
And Ginger bear boy gets ready!
4. ‘Icky Yucky Mucky’ by Natasha Sharma
Now this one should get the maximum laughs except some little ones side with the Royal Family 🙂 What’s wrong with making slurping sounds, or eating nails, or digging your nose ?!!
Making slime ! Not Yucky at all.
Seed bombs !!
5. ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!’ By Judith Viorst (ALA notable book)
Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair. And it only got worse…We asked everyone if they have ever had a bad day? And almost all of them said no! A little prodding later – siblings and traffic jams emerged as the leading cause of a bad day!
6. ‘The Book with No Pictures’ by B.J.Novak
Wish we had recorded the laughter and the rolling on the floor! The book was a hit with all. Our copies are issued out and we have a queue for this!
Watch the author reading the book – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agl02nRjMEI
We did a word play and the older kids lead a fun afternoon:
Words are fun and sometimes you can make your own!
7. ‘Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs’ by Mo Williams
Another twisted tale, this one is by the genius Mo Williams. We love how his words speak to children, he is fun and irreverent! The dinosaurs lay a trap for a sumptuous girl who they know will just walk in! Ah and all the chocolate she eats makes her just right for the dino’s who just love little chocolate Bon bon girls!
Though the children know the story really well, we just had to show this gorgeous books by Lauren Child. She used photographs of Goldilocks shot in a hand-crafted and miniature world complete with tiny umbrellas, papa bear’s pipe, and carved furniture.
We invited Gond Master Crafts person Gariba Tekam to work with children. After the story, he had them paint the bear and Goldilocks in the Gond Style. Sharing a few pictures of the wonderful work the children did-
8. ‘Petunia’ by Roger Duvoisin
Well, we end our Spring book club with this book tomorrow! We love this book and the funny Petunia. Let’s see what the children think about it. Written about 40 years ago, the book has a special place in the library.
Have a good summer!