Happy Birthday!

Apparently, February is the month to be born if one is going to become a really well-known picture book author. Take a look at all these birthdays!cake-35805_960_720

Judith Viorst—February 2, 1931
David Wiesner—February 5, 1957
Lucy Cousins—February 10, 1964
E. L. Konigsburg—February 10, 1930
Mark Teague—February 10, 1963
Jane Yolen—February 11, 1939
David Small—February 12, 1945
Simms Taback—February 13, 1932
Phyllis Root—February 14, 1949
Uri Shulevitz—February 27, 1935

So here’s my thought. Get books from these authors out of the library and display them in your classroom. Sing “Happy Birthday to You” with great enthusiasm! Display a giant cake cutout and self-adhesive craft foam shapes. Whenever a child “reads” one of the books during center time, allow him to attach a shape to the cake. At the end of the month, that cake will look super snazzy!

Also, make sure you tackle several of the well-known books during storytime! And for activities that go with them? Check out TheMailbox.com! Here’s just a sample of one of our activities. This one goes with Uri Shulevitz’s Snow.

Snow by Uri Shulevitz

snow book

Snow-free forecasts don’t hamper a boy’s enthusiasm as he and his dog watch tiny snowflakes fall from the sky. One snowflake leads to another, and soon the boy and his dog are frolicking in the snow with magical friends.

Youngsters turn a city white with snow just like the city in the book. Make a gray construction paper copy of this city workmat. Place the page at a table along with a die and white pom-poms (snowflakes). Two youngsters visit the table. A child rolls the die and counts the dots. Then she counts that number of snowflakes. Her partner repeats the process. Next, they combine their snowflakes and count the total number. Then they place the snowflakes on the city. Youngsters continue until the city is covered with snow! Addition with manipulatives


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