Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012). I wanted to share something slightly scary, but not really Halloween-y and this fit the bill nicely. The ending is a funny twist and the color scheme really adds to the creepy atmosphere of the story.
The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat (Putnam Juvenile, 2012). This martial arts twist on The Three Little Pigs is definitely a crowd-pleaser. The rhyming text makes it a fun read and the martial arts details hold the interest of the kids. They asked me to read this one again, which NEVER happens with this group!
For this month's craft, we did leaf rubbings, which I love because it is so cheap and easy. And if the kids enjoy it (which all of our kids did), they can very easily do it again at home or with their Afterschool group.
We also visited the YMCA Fall Break camps twice this month and read to very large groups of kids (70-80 each visit). Their camp theme was superheroes, and here's what Miss A and I brought:
- Bark George by Jules Feiffer (HarperCollins, 1999) - I brought the felt story
- Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O'Malley, illustrated by Carol Heyer and Scott Goto (Walker Childrens, 2005)
- Pirates Don't Change Diapers by Melinda Long and David Shannon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2007)
- Traction Man is Here! by Mini Grey (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2005)
Any new favorites for the school-age set?