Book of the Week: Tuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen

Tuck Me In!
Tuck Me In! Dean Hacohen 
Published by Candlewick September 2010
Who needs to be tucked in? Turn each page until all baby animals—and little readers—are cozy and ready for sleep in this irresistible bedtime ritual.

The stars are out. The moon is rising. All the baby animals, from peacocks to pigs to zebras, are ready for bed. Will you tuck them in and say good night? Just turn the pages and the big inviting flaps that serve as blankets cover each little creature up to its chin. This simple but endlessly satisfying novelty, with its array of goggle-eyed baby animals, bold patterns, and vibrant colors, is sure to be the book of choice for little ones everywhere, night after night.


The premise of the book is very simple. An animal on each page asked to be tucked in, and the pages turn into a blanket so that as you turn the page you tuck him in.
The illustrations are bright and bold, and the text very simple. I used it in my Ones  and Twos programs and it was a big success. I made felt pieces of each animal and cut squares for blankets. As I placed the animals on the board I invited the children to come up choose a “blanket” and place it over the animal. I’ve also used the book with animal figures and puppets, handed them out to each child with a blanket and when their animal is mentioned in the story it’s time to tuck theirs in. There are so many different ways to use the book… you could identify colours and do simple sorting with the blanket squares, animal identification, you could also talk about the steps to getting ready for bed…etc…love it!

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!