Storytime Theme: Author Spotlight on Laura Numeroff

Once a semester, I try to focus a storytime on one particular author. This semester, it was Laura Numeroff’s turn.  Now, most of us know her from the “If You Give” series, but did you know she has actually written more books than just those?  Can you guess how many she has written?  48! It was very hard to narrow down choices for this storytime, but I went with the ones listed below for a reason.  I’ll tell you why in the comments!

Books:

  • If You Give a Mouse a Brownie (This is the newest in her “If You Give” series. I read it because it is new to everyone for the most part!)
  • If You Give a Dog a Donut (I read this one because we took the chance to munch of donuts and apple juice—just like the dog in the story)
  • If You Take a Mouse to the Movies (The purpose on this story was two-fold. First off, it is December and this is her Christmas book for this series. Second, I wanted to make a Christmas themed craft and this book let us do just that—see below)

Activity:

Holiday Ornaments:  Just like the mouse, I wanted to make sparkly homemade ornaments!  I copied some shapes onto construction paper using our copy machine, but you could just print out my templates and cut out the shapes.  Next, we used glue and glitter to make everything nice and sparkly.  Finally, we used a hole punch to put a hole in the ornament and strung ribbon through to finish it off.  The kids adored how festive and colorful their ornaments were!

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                              

 

songs-2
To use with “If You Take a Mouse to the Movies”
songs-1
To use with “If You Give a Dog a Donut”

 

This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

 

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