A Monument to Knuffle Bunny and a Dino-Mite Book to Win

I ran across an article about a sculpture of Knuffle Bunny unveiled at a library in the Brooklyn neighborhood where the story is set. How fun! I want to go there!

That got me curious: What book character do you think deserves a sculpture in your town? Share a comment at this blog, and you’ll have a chance to win Dinosaur Atlas: Amazing Facts, Fold-Out Maps and Life-Size Fossils (Lonely Planet Kids). Submit your comment by Thursday, January 30, to be entered in our random drawing. Congratulations to our lucky winner Kim King!

Once you’ve done that, carve out a few minutes to take a peek at these big-time fun language-arts–related freebies:


World Read-Aloud Day is coming up. On February 5, people around the world will stop and share a story. Get the details and download free activities at litworld.org/worldreadaloudday.




The Innovative Reading grant (worth $2,500!) goes to a teacher or librarian with a unique program that encourages reading. Programs must be held in the library, and applicants must be members of the American Association of School Librarians. Get details at ala.org/aasl/awards/innovative. The deadline is February 1.


Are your students ready to show off their handwriting? The annual Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest is underway. Winners in grades K–8 receive trophies and cash; teachers get cash too. Learn more at zaner-bloser.com/national-handwriting-contest. The deadline is February 14.


I’d love to see statues in honor of Amelia Bedelia around my town. Amelia putting powder on the furniture, Amelia doing drawings of drapes, Amelia making a cake full of “dates”; dreaming up what they’re doing would be so much fun!


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23 thoughts on “A Monument to Knuffle Bunny and a Dino-Mite Book to Win

  1. Definitely the characters in Eric Carles books. The Hungry caterpillar and then that beautiful butterfly I love his books. And if we can name extra Pete the Cat.

  2. Since our town and school is surrounded by farms, my class adores the Click, Clack, Moo series. It would be great to have the animals and Farmer Brown scattered throughout out the historic down town.

  3. Because of the wintery weather and the need for mittens in my part of the world, I would vote to have Bear from Jan Brett’s The Mitten. Besides, bears are my most favorite animal.

  4. SO many ideas! My brain first said Aslan (from the Chronicles of Narnia) to remind us that there is always Someone watching out for us, then I thought The Lorax, to remind us to take care of the earth. THEN I saw the suggestion for Matilda to encourage us to believe in ourselves, even when we don’t think others do. Maybe just a wonderful variety scattered all around town 🙂

  5. One of my favorite books from the local author, Chris Van Dusen, is The Circus Ship. One of the illustrations is of all the circus animals hiding in the scenery. I would love it if we could have circus animal hiding on our elementary school campus!

  6. We have sooooo many school bus riders, and the students love Mo Willem’s Pigeon, so I think it would be cute to have a Pigeon statue.

  7. Frog and Toad jump to mind (pun intended). I love that they’re such good friends, always looking out for one another. There’s an innocence in their stories that I find very touching.

  8. I would donate money to see a sculpture of Tom Fitzgerald put up outside of my local elementary school! To me, the most underappreciated illustrations by Mercer Mayer.

    The Great Brain Books by John Fitzgerald

  9. I would love to see a series of sculptures for The Giving Tree. This was always one of my favorite books. I just love the message of the book.

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