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Spring Mud Puddles

Mud by Mary Lyn Ray

As winter melts into spring, the frozen earth turns into magnificent mud.

Mudkin by Stephen Gammell

While playing outside on a rainy day, a little girl peers into a puddle and sees Mudkin, who invites her to become his queen.

Preschool to the Rescue by Judy Sierra

When a mud puddle traps a pizza van, police car, tow truck, and other vehicles, a group of preschoolers comes along and saves the day.

Oink, Oink, Benny by Barbro Lindgren

Tired of hanging around inside, Benny and his little brother decide to venture outside where they, despite the order of their mother, head straight for the mudhole.

Harry, the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Harry is a white dog with black spots who absolutely, positively hates to take a bath. After a day of adventure, Harry gets so dirty that he no longer looks like a white dog with black spots. Now he looks like a black dog with white spots!

Pignic by Matt Phelan

It’s a perfect day for a pignic!

A blue sky. A shady tree. A bright kite. And a full picnic basket. Four little pigs and their parents head outside to enjoy a beautiful day. With a little help from some new (and unexpected) friends, they climb trees, fly kites, and enjoy a delicious picnic. Even a sudden rain shower can’t ruin their fun. Because rain means . . . MUD! Hooray!

The Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz

See the piggy,

See the puddle,

See the muddy little puddle.

See the piggy in the middle

Of the muddy little puddle.

And so begins this rollicking story-in-verse about a determined young pig who absolutely refuses to leave her mud puddle–much to the dismay of her family!

Puddle Jumping Gross Motor Game: https://www.pinkoatmeal.com/spring-gross-motor-game-puddle-jumping/

Mud puddle I Spy: https://www.babiestobookworms.com/2018/03/08/muddy-puddles/

Piggies in the Puddle sensory bin: http://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/piggy-puddle-sensory-bin/

A Universe of Stories: Space Aliens!

Company’s Going by Arthur Yorinks

After inviting two spacemen to stay for dinner, Shirley and Moe are asked to return with them to their planet Nextoo to cater their sister’s rather large wedding.

Best Frints at Skrool written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis

Yelfred and Omek are back and this time they’re going to skrool in Best Frints at Skrool, the hilarious sequel to Best Frints in the Whole Universe by award-winning writer/artist Antoinette Portis.

Time for (Earth) school, Dewey Dew by Leslie Staub

Click-Clack Waddle Dot Dewey Dew from Planet Eight Hundred Seventy-Two Point Nine does not want to go to school–not on his planet, and definitely not on Planet Earth at Mrs. Brightsun’s School for Little Learners.

Aliens Love Dinopants by Claire Freedman

When aliens crash-land in the jungle, they have no idea that they are about to stumble into the biggest stash of underwear ever. Their happiness knows no bounds since all aliens share a love for zany underpants!

Your Alien by Tammi Sauer

When a little boy meets a stranded alien child, the two quickly become friends, but at bedtime, the alien suddenly grows very sad, and the boy tries to figure out what his new friend needs to be happy again.

Wazdot? By Michael H. Slack

An alien is mystified by the sights and sounds of Earth, but a decoder beam helps identify such oddities as a pig, vegetables, and a tractor.

Take Me to Your BBQ by Kathy Duval

When Willy goes outside to check on his grill, he finds a UFO full of aliens who want some of his barbecue and chili, and then tear up his farm square dancing while he plays the fiddle.

When Edgar Met Cecil by Kevin Luthardt

A robot and an alien overcome obstacles to form an unlikely friendship.

Create alien space ships with paper plates: http://bargerfam.blogspot.com/2014/02/out-of-world-discover-moon-and-space.html

Blow paint aliens: https://www.masandpas.com/2018/09/amazing-blow-paint-aliens/

Call For Sharing: Picture Books with Related Science Concepts

Remember, if you have a great picture book with a related science activity to share, we would love to publish it on our Science in Storytime Blog. Just go to our Contact page or send us your ideas care of science@lincolnlibraries.org.

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Where to Start?

Maybe you have never contemplated using science themes in your storytime and you are not sure where to begin. This blog can help with that as we hope everyone will start sharing the cool ideas that they use in their storytimes. To get started, a good book with many fabulous ideas is Science is Simple: Over 250 Activities for Preschoolers by Peggy Ashbrook.  This book has great activities with everything from magnets to butterflies and recycling to volcanoes.

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