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Talking Soup!

Freedom Soup by Tami Charles

Every year, Haitians all over the world ring in the new year by eating a special soup, a tradition dating back to the Haitian Revolution. This year, Ti Gran is teaching Belle how to make the soup — Freedom Soup — just like she was taught when she was a little girl. Together, they dance and clap as they prepare the holiday feast, and Ti Gran tells Belle about the history of the soup, the history of Belle’s family, and the history of Haiti, where Belle’s family is from.

Every Color Soup written and illustrated by Jorey Hurley

Purple, yellow, orange, and red. Just the right mix of colored vegetables make a delicious soup in this tasty introduction to colors, counting, and veggies.

The Princess of Borscht by Leda Schubert

Ruthie’s grandmother, who is in the hospital with pneumonia, says she needs homemade borscht by five o’clock and young Ruthie, with the help of her neighbors, tries to make some even without the secret recipe.

Perfect Soup by Lisa Moser

Murray the mouse goes into town for the carrot he needs to make Perfect Soup, and soon finds himself with a chain of favors that will work only if a friendly snowman can help him gets things started.

Soup Day by Melissa Iwai

A mother and child spend a snowy day together buying and preparing vegetables, assembling ingredients, and playing while their big pot of soup bubbles on the stove. Includes a recipe for “Snowy Day Vegetable Soup”.

Surprise Soup by Mary Ann Rodman

When Kevie’s mother has a baby, Kevie, his older brother, and their father make soup for when the new baby comes home.

Nail Soup by Eric Maddern

A traveler stopping at a lonely cottage pulls a rusty nail from his pocket and starts to make nail soup for a grumpy old woman–proving that a merry heart and generous soul produce far better results than whines and demands.

10 Hungry Rabbits: Counting and Color concepts by Anita Lobel

Ten rabbits are hungry for supper but Mama Rabbit has nothing to put in her soup pot, so Papa sends the little ones to the garden where they discover increasing numbers of foods in many different colors.

Is That Wise, Pig? By Jan Thomas

Mouse and Cow are making soup, but Pig keeps trying to add strange ingredients.

Stone soup activity: https://booksandgiggles.com/stone-soup-science-activity/

Magnetic Letter Alphabet Soup: https://www.pre-kpages.com/magnetic-letter-alphabet-soup-activity/

Hibernation

Bear is awake!: an alphabet story written and illustrated by Hannah E. Harrison

An alphabet book in which a bear wakes unexpectedly in the middle of winter, and meets a young girl who tries to figure out what he is supposed to be doing.

William Wakes Up by Linda Ashman

William asks his animal friends, one after another, to awake from hibernation and prepare a celebration for a special friend who has been away all winter.

William’s Winter Nap by Linda Ashman

A cozy winter bedtime story, featuring a boy and animal characters, that touches on the concept of hibernation.

Hush Up and Hibernate! By Sandra Markle

Winter is coming and it’s time for black bears to hibernate; however, a black bear cub is making excuses to Mama Bear to try to avoid the inevitable.

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

After hearing about winter from his friends, Hedgie the hedgehog tries to stay awake to experience its wonders.

Sleep Tight, Little Bear written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

Little Bear insists on saying good night to all of his special forest friends before settling down in his warm and cozy den for a long winter’s sleep next to his mother.

Are You Sure, Mother Bear? By Amy Hest

On the first night of winter, Little Miss Bear will not go to sleep. She simply refuses. “Winter is for sleeping,” Mother Bear tells her. “But why, Mother?” Little Miss asks. “Because that is what bears do. All bears sleep, all winter long.” All winter long is much too long for Little Miss Bear. She is going to miss her stars and her moon, and she is going to miss rolling on hills. Most of all, she is going to miss Mother Bear. But Mother finds a special way to assure her that they will all be there waiting for her the stars, the moon, the hills, and especially Mother Bear when she wakes in the spring.

Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! Written and illustrated by Aaron Blecha

It’s time for Grizzle Grump the bear to hibernate, and he can’t wait to sleep. Just when he thinks he’s found the perfect quiet spot… WHAT’S ALL THAT NOISE? The woodland creatures just won’t let Grizzle Grump get some peace and quiet! Will Grizzle Grump ever find the perfect place for his long winter snooze?

Sleepover With Beatrice & Bear by Mônica Carnesi

Beatrice the bunny wants to share winter with her best friend, Bear, but he will be busy hibernating.

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Christian Stead

Bear, with the help of his animal friends, remembers the story he had hoped to tell before the onset of winter.

The Bear in the Book by Kate Banks

At the end of the day a little boy falls asleep as his mama reads about a bear hibernating.

Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows

Rhyming text and pictures introduce a variety of animals as they try to snuggle in to sleep.

Nonfiction

Sleep, Bear! By Shelby Alinsky

A bear awakens from hibernation at the end of winter to eat different things during the spring and summer, only to return to sleep at the end of autumn.

Keeping warm in winter – blubber experiment: https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/blubber-gloves/

Hibernation Station printable: : https://www.lilcountrylibrarian.com/2011/01/all-aboard-hibernation-station.html

Panda Power!

The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood

A narrator’s story is disrupted by the main character (Panda) who refuses to play the part.

Flo by Kyo Maclear

While the other pandas try to rush her from one activity to another, Flo enjoys relaxing, stopping to smell the roses, and really seeing the world around her.

Queen Panda Can’t Sleep by Susanna Isern

When Queen Panda can’t sleep, animals from all over the world come to help her.

Amy the Red Panda is writing the best story in the world by Colleen A. F. Venable

Amy the Red Panda is trying to tell a story to her best friend, Mervin the Sloth, but the enthusiastic contributions of other animals threaten to spoil it.

Where My Feet Go written and illustrated by Birgitta Sif

A young panda uses his feet as a way to explore his imagination.

I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda written and illustrated by Steve Antony

Mr. Panda is making something, and all of his animal friends are interested–but only Penguin is willing to wait to see what it is.

Panda-monium at Peek Zoo by Kevin Waldron

Peek Zoo is holding an animal parade to celebrate the birth of their baby panda. But when the day arrives, nothing is ready. As Mr. Peek races around preparing, he leaves a trail of chaos. Thank goodness Mr. Peek’s son, Jimmy, is there to save the day and ensure the crowd gets the best animal parade ever.

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg

High in the trees in the middle of the night, all of the pandas are sleeping except for Chengdu, who tries everything and still cannot fall asleep until he finds the perfect spot–atop his brother, Yuan.

Two Shy Pandas by Julia Jarman

Panda and Pandora live next to each other but never speak or play together because they are much too shy.

Xander’s panda party by Linda Sue Park

Xander Panda’s plan to host a panda party falls through, since he is the only panda at the zoo, but when he extends the invitation to all of the bears, complications ensue. Includes author’s note on the wonders of the animal kingdom and the international effort to save pandas from extinction.

Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter

Traces the story of a 1930s female adventurer who brought America its first panda bear, describing how she inherited a seemingly impossible expedition from her explorer husband and defied period conventions to travel up the Yangtze River and into the wilderness to bring back an adorable panda cub she named Su Lin, which means “a little bit of something cute.

If You Were a Panda Bear by Florence Friedmann Minor

Pictures and rhyming text present some of the many extraordinary things bears can do. Includes facts about bears as well as related websites.

Non fiction

Baby Panda goes Wild by David Salomon

This book’s “up close and personal” photographs of pandas and its array of panda facts will captivate young nonfiction lovers. Readers will learn how one mother and her cub are being protected and raised in a Chinese panda reserve, which seeks to help this vulnerable species survive.

Camp Panda : Helping Cubs Return to the Wild by Catherine Thimmesh

A riveting, timely account of panda conservation efforts in China, perfect for budding environmentalists and activists.

Red Pandas by Josh Gregory

This book details the life and habits of red pandas.

My Whiskers are Long and White by Jessica Rudolph

What has a striped tail, red fur, and long, white whiskers? If you guessed a red panda, you’re right! This book introduces early readers to a mystery animal by describing its features, one by one, using short simple sentences and eye-popping full-color photos.

National Geographic Kids 10 facts about pandas: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/animals/general-animals/ten-panda-facts/

Red pandas: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/red-panda

Paper plate panda mask craft: https://www.kixcereal.com/kix-cereal-4-fun-zoo-themed-party-crafts-for-kids-and-1-for-mom/

Farm Life

Grandpa Cacao : a Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family written and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon.

As a little girl and her father work together to make her birthday cake, he tells the story of her Grandpa Cacao, a farmer from the Ivory Coast. Includes author’s note and a cake recipe.

Thunderstorm by Arthur Geisert

Presents an illustrated account of a storm that moves through a Midwestern farming region over the course of several hours that is documented by a timeline and images of atmospheric changes and human response.

Summer Supper by Rubin Pfeffer

Follow the creation of a family meal from the farm to the picnic table on a warm sunny day. Told entirely in words beginning with S, this lively book will help children appreciate where their food comes from.

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle

It is December, and there are many things for the family to do around the farm to get it ready for winter.

The Farm Life by Elizabeth Spurr

From its opening lines, “Red barn, red barn, what are you keeping? One rumbling tractor ready for reaping,” this innovative concept book is off at a trot, teaching basic colors and numbers from 1 to 10 while exploring a traditional family-run farm.

I Spy on the Farm by Edward Gibbs

An interactive introduction to farm animals invites youngsters to make animal noises and practice color and letter recognition while peeping through a spy hole on every page and observing clues to guess which animal will be revealed next in the story.

Farm by Elisha Cooper

Describes the activities on a busy family farm from the spring when preparations for planting begin to the autumn when the cats grow winter coats and the cold rains begin to fall.

Big bug by Henry Cole

Beginning with a bug, various objects are revealed as being big and small in comparison with other objects on a farm under the big, big sky.

Nonfiction

Life on the farm by Teddy Borth

This title introduces little readers to the daily life of a farmer. Complete with a More Facts section and bolded glossary terms. Readers will gather basic information about farm life through easy-to-read, simple text alongside beautiful full-bleed photographs.

Farm animal printable coloring sheets: https://www.messylittlemonster.com/2018/01/farm-animal-printable-colouring-pages.html#more

Farm science activities with corn: https://perpetualpreschool.com/farm-science/

Making butter in baby food jars and playing egg detective: https://www.theclassroom.com/science-activities-relating-farm-animals-preschoolers-47275.html

All Kinds of Crows!

The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry

All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing. He saves the tiny baby crow. Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons?

Harold Loves His Woolly Hat

Harold is a very special bear who always wears a woolly hat, so when a crow steals the hat from him, he tries to win it back.

Crow Not Crow by Jane Yolen

Tells the story of a child’s first birding expedition on a golden autumn day.

Lila and the Crow written and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Lila is bullied because of her dark skin, but the crows have a solution for that!

Fox and the Crow by Manasi Subramaniam

In this timeless Aesop’s fable, a fox and a crow vie for a piece of bread. The crow has it, but can the fox get it? This breathtakingly beautiful picture book adapted by Manasi Subramaniam and by Culpeo S. Fox is an exploration of this tale. Each page stands alone like a brilliant painting; when the pages come together, they tell us the story like never before.

Little Black Crow by Christopher Raschka

A boy thinks about the life of a little black crow that he sees, wondering where it goes in the snow, where it sleeps, and whether or not it worries like he does.

Crow Call by Lois Lowry

Nine-year-old Liz accompanies the stranger who is her father, just returned from the war, when he goes hunting for crows in Pennsylvania farmland.

The Crow (a not so scary story) by Alison Paul

A dark, creepy shape outside a home might be a pirate, a wizard, or something much less frightening.

Farmer Ham by Alec Sillifant

The crows in Farmer Hams field are very happy. All day long they sit and eat his corn and no matter how often he shouts and waves his arms, they won’t go away. Silly old Farmer Ham. Or is he so silly, after all?

Nonfiction

American Crows by Kristin Petrie

Check out the cawing crow! As part of the Backyard Animals series, this book introduces the unique features of this wild animal. The text covers this bird’s habitat, life cycle, physical characteristics, diet, and defenses. Also included are a range map and a body diagram. In the sky or on the ground, backyard animals are all around!

Shapes

Tangled: A Story about Shapes by Anne Miranda

An unruly gang of sixteen geometric shapes gets tangled in the neighborhood jungle gym until their friend comes to their rescue and order is restored.

Circle by Mac Barnett

When Triangle breaks the rule about not hiding behind the waterfall while playing hide-and-seek with Circle and Square, Circle must rescue him.

Square by Mac Barnett

When his friend Circle asks him to do her portrait after praising him as a sculptor and genius, Square struggles to carve her likeness from a stone block.

Triangle by Mac Barnett

After Triangle plays a trick on Square, Square plans to reciprocate but runs into trouble when he tries to enter the triangular doorway of Triangle’s home.

Sweet Shapes: A Forest of Tasty Shapes written and illustrated by Juana Medina

Introduces different shapes, depicting a forest full of animals created out of tasty confections and pastries.

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes by Hena Khan

In simple rhyming text a young Muslim girl guides the reader through the traditions and shapes of Islam.

Round by Joyce Sidman

Newbery-Honor winning poet Joyce Sidman invites readers to search their worlds for round objects in nature. Illustrated with warm, intimate art by two-time New York Times Best Illustrated artist Taeeun Yoo, this fresh celebration shows why we love this shape best.

Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Friends shape who we are. They make us laugh. They fill us with fun. They stand by us during life’s up and downs. And even when we disagree with our friends, if they’re tried-and-true, they don’t stay bent out of shape for long. That’s the beauty of a good buddy. This joyous book rejoices in the simple beauties of friendship, and reminds readers of all ages that it’s good to have a group of pals.

Wild about Shapes by Jérémie Fischer

Acetate inserts printed with abstract shapes transform abstract screen prints into animals, while simultaneously introducing basic color theory.

Walter’s Wonderful Web written and illustrated by Tim Hopgood

A young spider named Walter tries to weave a very sturdy web. Can you pick out the different shapes that are formed while he is working?

All Year Round by Susan B. Katz

Illustrations and short verses introduce shapes associated with each month of the year, such as circles that make up a January snowman, and triangular treats enjoyed in November.

Apples and Robins by Lucie Félix

Using die-cut pages the story explores the shapes and colors of an apple tree through the passing of the seasons.

Go, shapes, go! By Denise Fleming

Circles, rectangles, ovals, arcs, and more have fun moving about, along with a mischievous mouse that wants to play, too.

Circle, square, Moose by Kelly L. Bingham

When Zebra and his enthusiastic friend Moose are asked to exit a book about shapes, Moose has other plans.

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

Fall is here, with all its wonderful visual delights–not just colors, but shapes! This clever concept book follows a family on a trip to a pumpkin patch and invites children to pick out shapes from the seasonal scenery–apple bushel circles, square hay bales, diamond kites in the autumn sky! Felicia Sanzari Chernesky’s sweet verses are perfectly complemented by Susan Swan’s gorgeous collage-inspired art.

Shape activities: https://www.prekinders.com/pre-k-shapes/

Snails and Slugs

Marigold & Daisy by Andrea Zuill

Although Marigold is excited to meet her new snail sister, Daisy, she becomes envious of the attention everyone gives her, but when Marigold reaches her breaking point and decides to run away, she discovers that Daisy may come in handy after all.

Escargot by Dashka Slater

Escargot is a beautiful French snail who only wants to be your favorite animal and get to the delicious salad at the end of the book, even if he has to try a carrot, which he hates.

Waiting for Goliath written and illustrated by Antje Damm

Bear has been sitting and waiting since dawn. “I’m waiting for Goliath,” he tells everyone. “Goliath is coming! He’s my best friend.” At last the bus pulls up. But no one gets out. Yet bear is sure: “He’ll definitely show up. You’ll see!

Norman, the Slug with the Silly Shell written and illustrated by Sue Hendra

Norman is a slug who wants to be a snail, but only if he finds the perfect shell. After trying out some possibilities, he stumbles upon a doughnut.

Snail has Lunch by Mary Peterson

When Snail’s bucket home is turned over, a ladybug takes him on a journey through the vegetable garden, discovering delicious new foods while encountering new animals.

The story of Fish & Snail by Deborah Freedman

Every day, Snail waits for Fish to return and tell him a story but their friendship is tested when Fish asks Snail to take a leap out of their book to actually see a new pirate book in the library.

Snippet the Early Riser by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

A little snail who likes to get up early in the morning has trouble waking up his sleepy family.

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

Wanting to sail beyond its rock, a tiny snail hitches a ride on a big humpback whale and then is able to help the whale when it gets stuck in the sand.

Clementine by Sebastian Loth

Story of a snail who loved round things and had great determination as well as dreams.

Rainy Day Slug by Mary Palenick Colburn

One rainy day, a slug goes for a walk in the wide, wide world, going scrass, scrass, scrass through the tall, green grass, scuddle, scuddle, scuddle in a deep rain puddle, and scrape, scrape, scrape down a long, pink drape.

Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson

Marylou and Herbie, two garden slugs, write love poems in slime to one another but have trouble actually meeting.

Super Slug of Doom : a Super Happy Magic Forest story written and illustrated by Matty Long

When Blossom the Unicorn accidentally releases Zorgoth the slug from captivity, the reluctant heroes of the Super Happy Magic Forest must find a way stop him from drinking the potion of power which will give him the ability to destroy the forest.

Snail-Snaily-Snails by Bonnie Bader

Introduces the world of snails, sharing key characteristics while explaining how they are regarded as both a pest and a delicacy.

Nonfiction

Snails are Just My Speed! By Kevin McCloskey

Did you know snails build roads like engineers and go undercover in camouflage like spies? Did you know they can be smaller than a seed or bigger than a grown-ups hand?

Live Snail Activities:

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/lessonplans/animals/snails.html

Make a snail habitat:

http://preschoolpowolpackets.blogspot.com/2014/04/make-snail-habitat-snail-anatomy.html

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