Book of the Week: The Easter Bunny’s Assistant by Jan Thomas

The Easter Bunny's Assistant
Published by Harper Collins January 2012
For those of you who know me, you know that I am a HUGE fan of the author Jan Thomas.  I love the humour, the text, the illustrations. They all come together to create fantastic read aloud books for story time. Rhyming Dust Bunnies is my all-time favourite, but this one comes in a close second. The story opens with the Easter Bunny introducing himself and his assistant “Skunk” He begins to tell the steps for dyeing Easter Eggs, but Skunk becomes sooo excited that he lets his smell..well…smell. The Easter Bunny tries to keep his “assistant” calm, but skunk can not contain himself.  Kids and their grown ups with laugh out loud.  
At the end of the books are the steps for “dyeing” eggs. I like how the book also includes instructions on incorporating crayons as well as dye.  Highly recommended. 

Book of the Week: Ugly Pie by Lisa Wheeler

Ugly Pie by Lisa Wheeler
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt July 2010
Ol’ Bear wakes one morning with a hankering for Ugly Pie, so he goes on a search from neighbor to neighbor. All he finds are pies that please the eye and . . . ingredients? Wait a second. Maybe it’s time for Ol’ Bear to start cookin’ up something ugly himself! Ol’ Bear shares that Ugly Pie with his generous neighbors—and he shares his secret recipe, too, in the back of this book.


Oh how I love to read this book. I have used it in my Reading Buddies program in two different sessions and its always  a hit.  Bold colourful illustrations. Rhyming, lyrical text that just begs to be read aloud with a southern twang. After reading I invite the kids to “create” their own recipes and versions of “ugly pie” with their reading partners. We share them out loud together after reading time, and it’s so fun to hear what they come up with. 🙂 

Book of the Week: Jennifer Jones Won’t Leave Me Alone

Jennifer Jones Won't Leave Me Alone
Published by Lerner Publishing Group 2003
Jennifer Jones is in love and she doesn’t care who knows it But the object of her affection sure does. He’s embarrassed by the love poems, the terms of endearment, the cute little red heart stickers, and especially the laughter and snickers from his classmates. He wishes that Jennifer Jones would just move away. And one day, she does There’s no more sickening stickers, no more silly poems–and no more fun. Does he actually miss Jennifer Jones?


This book has been a long standing favourite of mine for story time especially around this time of year:) It’s dramatic, rhyming, and lol funny and works well with the preschool age group as well as school- agers. I read it this past week at my reading buddies program and the kids loved it..well there was the occasional ewwww when I said the word “love” but I guess that can be expected:) I love how in the beginning the boy is embarrassed  by Jennifer’s displays of adoration but then when she is gone he realizes just how much she meant to him… so sweet.

Rhyme Time – Pea Pod

Five Little Peas

 I love using this rhyme with a variety of ages, but the ones and two’s seem to get the most excited about it.
Five little peas in a pea pod pressed (hold up five fingers)
One grew, two grew and so did all the rest. (one finger, two fingers and then the others)
They grew and they grew, they did not stop (growing action with hands)
they grew and they grew (growing action with hands)
until they all went POP!! (clap on the pop)

In Preschool story time, this rhyme makes a great extension with the book:
Little Pea
If Little Pea doesn’t eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What’s a young pea to do? Children who have trouble swallowing their veggies will love the way this pea-size picture book serves up a playful story they can relate to!