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Rocks and Stones

A Rock Can Be by  Laura Purdie Salas

Rocks may seem like boring, static objects–until you discover that a rock can spark a fire, glow in the dark, and provide shelters of all shapes and sizes.

Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour

Lubna’s best friend is a pebble. Pebble always listens to her stories. Pebble always smiles when she feels scared. But when a lost little boy arrives in the World of Tents, Lubna realizes that he needs Pebble even more than she does.

Petra written and illustrated by Marianna Coppo

A little rock who believes she is a mountain has her perspective changed by a series of movements, including a dog playing fetch, a bird’s nest, a pond, and a little girl.

A Stone Sat Still written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Told in rhyming verse, a stone is considered from a variety of environmental and emotional perspectives, as it sits where it is, surrounded by grass, dirt, and water, an unchanging certainty in the world.

The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt

You’ve played the game. Now read the legend of how it all began…Long ago, in an ancient and distant realm called the Kingdom of Backyard, there lived a warrior named ROCK. Meanwhile in the Empire of Mom’s Home Office, a second great warrior sought the glory of battle. And his name was PAPER. At the same time, in the Kitchen Realm, in the tiny village of Junk Drawer, lived a third warrior. They called her SCISSORS. These three were the strongest, smartest, and fastest in all the land.

Additional activities: https://www.harpercollins.com/childrens/rockpaperscissor/

Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin

When Charlotte receives a pet rock for her birthday, she doesn’t expect it to become her best friend, and she really doesn’t expect what happens next.

Ricky, the Rock that couldn’t Roll by Jason I. Miletsky

She thought, as she watched her friends play on the hill, that there’s always a way if there’s also a will.

If Rocks Could Sing : a discovered alphabet by Leslie McGuirk

Displays photographs of rocks that resemble the letters of the alphabet and objects represented by each letter.

Bring Me a Rock! Written and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

A tiny insect king demands a rock with which to build his throne.

A Stone for Sascha Written and illustrated by Aaron Becker

A young girl, still reeling from her dog’s death, finds solace while picking up stones on the beach during her family’s vacation.

The Bell in the Bridge by Ted Kooser

When Charlie visits his hardworking grandparents in the summer, he often is left to himself, and he is lonely. So he goes out to play by the stream, with a tin can for tadpoles, a special weed-whacking stick, and stones to drop from the iron bridge. One day he notices that when he strikes the bridge with a big stone, it rings with a bong like a church bell and echoes into the valley.

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Stick and Stone are both lonely until Pinecone’s teasing causes one to stick up for the other, and a solid friendship is formed.

Stones for Grandpa by Renee Londner

After a year of missing his grandfather and remembering things they did together, a young boy and his family unveil Grandpa’s tombstone, place stones on it, and share stories, knowing the memories will never be lost.

Nonfiction books

If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian

Celebrates the variety of rocks that can be found, including skipping rocks, chalk rocks, and splashing rocks.

Rocks and Soil by Peter D. Riley

Rocks and soil, they’re always underfoot. They’re also in space, inside Earth, and in volcanoes. In this book, readers will discover how rocks, soil, and minerals are formed, and what they’re made of. Activities and questions expand on topics introduced in the text, and stimulate readers to think critically about rocks and soil.

The Rock Cycle by Pam Watts

Learn how sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks form, break apart, and change over time.

Make a rock band craft: https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/make-your-own-rock-band.html

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