The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Illustrator), Don Wood (Joint Author)


Who likes strawberries? The mouse does. The bear does, too, but the reader plays the key role!

Little Mouse worries that the big, hungry bear will take his freshly picked, ripe, red strawberry for himself.

Key Ideas

  • Illustrations
  • Strawberry Festival
  • Tie into Florida fruits
  • animals

Lesson Plans



Strawberry Patch

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The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel, Nancy Winslow Parker (Illustrator),Nancy Einslow Parker (Illustrator)


The Jacket I Wear in the Snow

Rhyme follows rhyme as layer after layer of winter clothing (“bunchy and hot, wrinkled a lot, stiff in the knee, and too big for me!”) is first put on and then taken off to the relief of the child bundled inside. Clever rebuses and jaunty illustrations make The Jacket I Wear in the Snow especially fun for pre-readers and new readers.

A young girl names all the clothes that she must wear to play in the snow.

Key Ideas

  • ELL students
  • Pictures for words
  • Building
  • Inferring
  • Learning about north
  • Snow
  • Weather

Lesson Plans



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Hedgie’s Surprise by Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)


Jan Brett‘s beloved character Hedgie stars in this charming story about a little Tomten who gets tired of porridge for breakfast and starts stealing Henny’s eggs. But Henny wants a brood of chicks and she needs her eggs. With the help of clever Hedgie, she substitutes an acorn, a strawberry, a mushroom and finally a potato in her nest. But nothing stops that Tomten until the little hedgehog hides in Henny’s nest: when the Tomten reaches in to get his morning treat, all he gets is a handful of prickles. He runs home for porridge and never comes back again! Intricate needlepoint patterns of Scandinavian designs frame the characters reacting from the borders in this beautiful picture book set in Denmark.

Hedgie, the hedgehog, helps Henny, the speckled hen, trick the Tomten who has been eating all of Henny’s eggs for breakfast.

Key Ideas

  • Illustrations
  • Lessons
  • Different side of the stories
  • Friendship
  • Loyalty
  • Baby animal
  • Predicting
  • Tomten elf (Swedish)
  • Culture

Lesson Plans

Activities for Hedgie’s Surprise

The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren


Hedgie’s Surprise

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Piggie Pie! By Margie Palatini


Gritch the Witch is grouchy, grumpy, and very hungry. The only thing that could make her happy is something extra special for lunch, and that is: Piggie Pie! Gritch zooms off on her broomstick to find eight plump piggies—where else?—on Old MacDonald’s Farm. Cleverly disguised pigs impersonate ducks, chickens, a cow, and Old MacDonald himself, as this uproarious, quick-paced story builds to an ironically surprising conclusion. Wacky, hip, and illustrated with bold, bright paintings, “Piggie Pie” adds a new twist to an old fairy-tale scene.

Key Ideas

  • Fairytales
  • 4-5th grade Older kids
  • Connections to other stories

Lesson Plans

The Three Little Pigs

Fairy Tales

Old McDonald

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One Green Apple byEve Bunting,Ted Lewin (Illustrator)


Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn’t speak. It’s hard being the new kid in school, especially when you’re from another country and don’t know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home, from dogs crunching their food to the ripple of friendly laughter. As she helps the class make apple cider, Farah connects with the other students and begins to feel that she belongs.

Ted Lewin’s gorgeous sun-drenched paintings and Eve Bunting’s sensitive text immediately put the reader into another child’s shoes in this timely story of a young Muslim immigrant.

Key Ideas

  • Muslim
  • New environment
  • Culture

Lesson Plans


One Green Apple


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Skippyjon Jones byJudy Schachner,Judy Schachner (Illustrator)


My name is Skippito Friskito.I fear not a single bandito.My manners are mellow,I’m sweet like the Jell-O,I get the job done, yes indeed-o.
Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary kitten. Oh, no. . . .He’s actually El Skippito, a great sword-fighter ready to battle banditos the world over! With a little imagination and a whole lot of fun, this frisky cat dons a mask and cape and takes on a bad bumble-beeto to save the day. And along the way, he’ll be sure to steal young reader’s hearts, yes indeed-o!

Key Ideas

  • Imagination,
  • Don’t have to fit in a box
  • Characteristic of animals
  • Spanish culture
  • Spanish words
  • Context clues

Lesson Plans

Skippy Website

Lessons with Skippy

Spanish Lessons

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


Carle’s classic tale of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a eautiful butterfly has been reissued in a sumptuous twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a shiny, silver-coated cover and wonderfully thick, durably pages.
—The Horn Book

“The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child’s heart…”
—Mother’s Manual

“Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative…”
—The New York Times Book Review

Key Ideas

  • Science
  • Counting

Lesson Plans



Multiple Lessons 

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