From Animal Stackers to Z is For Moose

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I had an idea the other day that I thought was kind of clever – and one I assumed would take the students at least a few minutes to figure out.  Not so much. They caught on almost immediately, but still….it was fun. I arranged the picture books on display in alphabetical order by title – just lined them up in a seemingly random way. The kids came in, sat down, and I began to read the story. A few seconds later, a hand goes up, and the conversation goes like this:

Student: “Did you do that on purpose?”

Me: “What?”

Student: “The books.”

Me: “What about the books?”

And then they all started to notice. We gave up on the story, but had a great time discussing possibilities for all 26 letters of the alphabet!

If you want to do your own “observation experiement,” here are the books I used:

Animal Stackers by Jennifer Belle

Beach by Elisha Cooper

Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt

Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett

Eloise by Kay Thompson

Fabulous Fair Alphabet by Debra Frasier

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle (“The” doesn’t count!)

Hush: A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho

I’m Dirty by Kate and Jim McMullan

Just Ducks by Nicole Davies

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Night at the Fair by Donald Crews

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

Pete the Cat: I Love My Blue Shoes by Eric Litwin

Quiet, There’s a Canary in the Library by Don Freeman

Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran

Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Tuesday by David Wiesner

The Ugly Duckling by Jerry Pinkney

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

The X’ed-Out X-Ray by Ron Roy (not a picture book, but I couldn’t think of anything else!)

Yoko by Rosemary Wells

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

Related to the Letter M is today’s New York Times review of “Matilda the Musical,” the new Broadway musical based on Roald Dahl’s classic novel. Reading the review makes me seriously consider driving to New York City right now and waiting in line until I can get a ticket. Here’s the link:


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