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2020 MPB Education Book Picks

SEPTEMBER 2020

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon

Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buck teeth, and has a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor. She doesn't mind. Her grandmother has always told her to walk proud, smile big, and sing loud, and she takes that advice to heart.

But then Molly Lou has to start in a new school. A horrible bully picks on her on the very first day, but Molly Lou Melon knows just what to do about that.

Activity #1 - My Self Portrait!

Instructions: Draw a picture of yourself. Use your favorite colors to draw your favorite clothes to wear. Be sure to add your name proudly on your portrait. Share your drawing with family and friends and encourage them to do the same activity.

Parent/Guardian- place your child’s self portrait in a frame and display it somewhere special in the home.

Materials needed- coloring and writing tools- drawing paper, markers, crayons, color pencils and pencils.

Activity #2 - A Letter from ME!

Instructions: Write a letter to someone in your family to share with them something special about them that you admire or to say “thank you” for what they have done to help you.

Parent/Guardian- Assist your child with how to send a letter to someone in the mail.

Materials needed- writing tools- pencil or pen, paper, crayons and color pencils.

AUGUST 2020

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School

Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math―until he's reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills.

Activity #1 - Fish in a Bowl

Instructions: Draw a picture of a fish in a bowl. Make your fish colorful and as big as you would like to fit inside the bowl you draw. Be sure to add water. Give your fish a very special name and write a short story as a family about your fish going to school. Share your story with family and friends.

Parent/Guardian- Display your child’s art work.

Materials needed- coloring and writing tools- drawing paper, markers, crayons, color pencils and pencils.

Activity #2 - Back to School Backpack

Instructions: Draw and design a school backpack. Use your favorite colors. After you finish drawing, write a list of school items you will need for this new school year. Use this art work as a shopping list. Be sure to get help if you need it.

Parent/Guardian- Allow your child(ren) to choose the items they have listed in the store or online and use this opportunity as a math activity too.

Materials needed- coloring and writing tools- drawing paper, markers, crayons, color pencils and pencils.

JULY 2020

Ten Wriggly, Wiggly Caterpillars

Follow the adventures of these bright, bold caterpillars in this peek-through counting book! Young readers will delight in the colorful, tactile pages as they watch the die-cut caterpillars decrease from 10 to 1 with each turn of the page.

Activity #1 - I See a Caterpillar

Instructions: Draw your very own caterpillar. Use your favorite drawing tools (crayons, markers, color pencils) and paper to draw a caterpillar. Be creative by adding tiny legs and a big smiley face to your art. Once you have finished drawing, cut it out and show others your work. Give your caterpillar a special name.

Activity #2 - Ten Moving Things

Instructions: Gather some paper, drawing tools, scissors, glue and string.

  1. Cut out ten squares.
  2. Write numbers 1-10 on the cards (each card is a number)
  3. Draw your choice of things that move inside or outside your home (family pet, car, a chair, toy) on each card. After you have completed these steps, place a hole in each card at the top and place the pictures in order by sliding them through the string. Be sure to add a knot in the sting at the top of the first picture to keep them in place and a hole at the bottom of the following pictures 2-10. Leave some string to hang after card number 10 to ensure it won’t fall off.

As you share this activity with family and friends, start at the bottom with number 10. Remove each picture from the string as you share with them things drawn that moves.

Hint: You are counting backwards.

JUNE 2020

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!

With rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of the classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page.

Activity #1 - My Favorite Books to Read!

Instructions: Make a collage of each of your favorite book’s covers. Write the name of the books on small pieces of plain white paper. Add a picture to give more detail of what the book is about. Place the cards on a large poster board. Share and retell the stories with family and friends.

Materials needed- poster board of a large pieces of paper, markers, crayons, plain white paper, scissors, and glue.

Activity #2 - The Whole Story!

Instructions: Make a storytelling board. Use an empty box to create tri-fold poster. Draw a picture of the main character and other story figures in the story. Place the number of each figure in the corner of the drawing as each one happens in the story. For example, the little old lady #1.

Materials needed- large empty box, markers, crayons or color pencils, drawing paper, scissors and glue

Activity #3 - Book Trivia

Instructions: Read your favorite story aloud to family and friend. Choose one of your favorite books. Reread the story and make a list of questions to ask them about the story. Have your family/friend team up among each other to make the trivia game fun and exciting. Be sure to tell them to pay close attention to the story as you read. You may want to dress up as one of the characters in the story.

Materials needed-your favorite book, writing tools (pencil, pen, paper)

MAY 2020

Flower Garden

Follow the progress of a little girl and her father as they purchase "a garden" and board the bus to carry it home. By Eve Bunting, Kathryn Hewitt (Illustrator).

Activity #1 - Planting a Seed

Instructions: Prepare to have fun planting seeds. This activity can be done inside or outside.

Materials needed- flower seeds, flower pot (your choice), planting soil, water. Be sure to read the best instructions on the flower seeds pack to take care of your flower as it grows.

Activity #2 - A Flower Portrait

Instructions: Choose a picture of your favorite flower, drawing paper, coloring tools (crayons, markers, color pencils, paint pens), your favorite music and a perfect place to do your art.

Have fun. Share the portrait with your family and find the perfect place to put it on display for all to see.

APRIL 2020

Earth Day, Birthday

It’s Earth Day—but silly Monkey wants to celebrate his birthday instead. By Maureen Wright, Violet Kim (Illustrator).

Activity #1 - Happy Birthday Earth!

Instructions: Make a birthday cake celebrating our earth. Be creative by making an earth image/design on the cake. Don’t for get to add a candle.

Activity #2 - Recycle Please!

Instructions: Make a recycle box. Decorate your box or bin by adding pictures and words of things that can be recycled. By doing this you will be sure to place recycled materials in the inside and take them to a community recycling container.

Activity #3 - Planet Earth

Instructions:

  1. Plant a tree
  2. Make a solar system mobile- use recycled materials around your home to make your activity.

Materials needed- drawing paper, crayons, markers, or color pencil, scissors, circle shape pattern, string, and large item to attach each planet on a string (large clothes hanger or yard stick)