Books by Holiday

Valentine's Day Books and Activities 
 The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting Illustrated by Jan Brett Enjoy this classic story of Mr. and Mrs. Bear and their mid-hibernation Valentine's Day celebration.  The Valentine Shape Bear would make a great post writing activity as well.


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My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall 
This isn't a book about Valentine's Day but all of the hearts make it a perfect pick for Valentine's Day. Look at the animals created out of heart shapes by author Michael Hall and make one of your own.




Easter Books and Activities 



The Easter Egg 
by Jan Brett
Enjoy this story of a bunny who helps create a special Easter egg and create a snack to go with the book.



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 Happy Easter
by Kurt Wiese
Read this classic book and create a simple egg carton game for your preschooler to practice matching colors.



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Little White Rabbit
by Kevin Henkes
This wonderful picture book for preschoolers follows an independent Little White Rabbit on an imaginary journey. Use a crayon resist to "find" the Little White Rabbit.





 There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick
by Lucille Colandro
Following the format of the old lady who swallowed a fly, This old lady swallows a chick and all the items needed for an Easter basket.



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 The Story of Easter
by Patricia Pingry
The story of Easter for preschoolers and toddlers!



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Where are Baby's Easter Eggs? 
by Karen Katz
A cute Easter themed lift the flap book.


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The Night Before Easter
by Natasha Wing
An Easter twist on the famous Christmas poem.


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Pooh's Easter Basket
This easter book teaches colors to preschoolers.



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Here Comes T-Rex Cottontail
byLois Grambling
T-rex steps in to fill in for the Easter bunny one Easter in this cute story.


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Slide and Find Easter
by Roger Priddy
Sturdy board book with an Easter theme.


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Earth Day Books and Activities 


Earth Day Hooray
by Stuart J. Murphy A lesson in saving the earth combined with a lesson in place value. After reading, help your child exercise writing muscles by creating labels for recycling bins.

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The Earth Book by Todd Parr
Very simple text highlights things kids can do to help save the Earth. Consider having your child write a pledge after reading this book.
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Earth Day Crafts 
by Carol Gnojewski
 Pick a fun craft to celebrate the Earth. We chose trash monsters and slick water bottle.




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 The Earth and I
by Frank Asch
The story of a child's caring friendship with the Earth.


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The Lorax
by Dr. Seuss
A local pollution problem presented in poetic text.


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Mother's Day Books and Activities 



Thank You, God, for Mommy
by Amy Parker
Sweet board book about an adventurous momma bear and her cub.



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 The Bump
by  Mij Kelly
A mother's love for her expectant baby grows as her "baby bump" grows.

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Fathers Day Books and Activities 



Just Me and My Dad
by Mercer Mayer
Little Critter and his dad take a father son camping trip.  






Daddy Adventure Day
by Dave Keane
A book about a boy's first trip to a baseball game with his father.



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The Fathers are Coming Home
by Margaret Wise Brown
Animal daddies return home to their children.



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The Daddy Book
by Todd Parr
This book about dads celebrates the different roles dads can play.




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Me and My Dad
by Alison Ritchie
A bear dad and cub celebrate a day outdoors.



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Independence Day (Fourth Of July) Books and Activities



Fourth of July Mice
by Bethany Roberts
A mouse family partakes in the traditional American celebrations of Independence Day.  


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Corduroy's Fourth of July
by Don Freeman
Corduroy and his friends take in a fireworks show. After reading try a firework painting, edible sparkler, or glitter fireworks.



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Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck
by Katie Clark
A silly book about a Grandma who inadvertently becomes part of a fourth of July parade. Allow preschool children to decorate their own garbage truck for a parade.



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The Pledge of Allegiance
by Francis Bellamy
This book is the illustrated text of Bellamy's original text. Preschool children will love to make flag cookies or red, white and blue flag windsocks after reading.



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 The Story of America's Birthday
by Patricia Pingry
A simple introduction to American history.
After reading, celebrate with a star sun catcher, a star sort, or a star run.




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Halloween and Fall Books and Activities



Five Little Ghosts Flying in the Night 
by Steve Metzger
A Halloween story based on the classic 5 Little Monkeys poem. Preschoolers will be able to count backward with this book by using bats on a felt board.



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 Five Spooky Ghosts Playing Tricks at School
by Steve Metzger
This is another book that follows the same classic poem, but follows the theme of ghosts. A great not-so scary ghost story to go with a not-so scary ghost decoration.



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Six Creepy Sheep
Judith Ross Enderle
A Halloween Counting book.



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Franklin's Pumpkin
Franklin tries to grow a pumpkin to win a prize at the fall festival, but when he falls short, he creatively fashions the pumpkins into Cinderella's carriage as a surprise for his sister. Create your own Cinderella carriage after reading this book.



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Leaves
Full color photographs of babies and toddlers experiencing fall leaves and colors.



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Leaf Man
by Lois Ehlert
Leaf collages weave a story of a leaf man who travels where the wind blows. A fun fall craft for kids is to create your own leaf man after reading this book.










When Autumn Falls







I Know it's Autumn







Leaf Jumpers






We're Going on a Leaf Hunt






The Little Yellow Leaf












Christmas Books and Activities

 It's Holiday Time by Elizabeth Bennett




12 Days of Christmas by Rachel Isadora
Create a Serrated Rectangle Christmas Tree Puzzle for your child to accompany this book!
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 Llama Llama Holiday Drama 
by Anne Dewdney
Is your child, like Llama Llama, tired of the holiday drama? Try this low maintenance lid tree to help your  little one relax.


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 Deck the Halls
bVeronica Vasylenko
Deck your halls with this cute button wreath.


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 Baby's First Christmas
by Tomie dePaola
Make a memento of your baby's first Christmas with this footprint Christmas tree.



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Who is Coming to our House?
by Joseph Slate
Enjoy this book along with an angel snack! 



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Snowmen at Christmas
by Caralyn Buehner
Read this book  FREE online at wegivebooks.








The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg
All Aboard for a Polar Express Playdate. Activities, crafts, and snacks ideas. 





The Animals' Christmas Carol
by Helen Ward
Read the story of the first Christmas from the animals' viewpoints. Make an edible nativity to eat while you read. 






Merry Christmas Curious George
by Margaret and H.A. Reys
Enjoy this book about giving to others during the Holiday season. You might want to look for ways to give back like our Operation Christmas Child Project.




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There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell
by Lucile Colandro
Retell the story by stuff objects from the story into the old lady's "mouth" (trash can)



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 Twas the Night
by Melody Carlson
Read this rhyming version of the Christmas story and then have a Christmas Treasure Hunt.

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A Christmas Prayer
by Amy Parker
This book is a beautiful bedtime prayer for preschoolers and incorporates the main characters of the Christmas story. 



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 It's Christmas, David
by David Shannon
If your kids are fans of Shannon's David books, they'll love celebrating Christmas with the mischievous little guy.
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Jingle Bells
by Iza Trapani
This is a multicultural spin on Jingle Bells! Great for Christmas around the world.



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The Night Before Christmas 
by Clement C. Moore
 Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit
Classic story illustrated by one of my favorite (and local) artists.



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No Room at the Inn 
By Jean M. Malone
An early reader version of the Christmas story.



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1 comment:

  1. Excellent resources! I really like how clearly and helpfully this page is arranged. Thank you so much.

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