N is for Numeroff
As part of our year of homeschool preschool, we are taking a different approach to Author Studies. We will be going looking at authors using the alphabet. If you haven't tried it, Author Studies are a fun way to discover new authors and different books as well as an opportunity to talk about thematic topics, similarities and differences, and writing or illustrating styles. They are a great launching block for so many things. Our first one was here and from there we are wandering the alphabet in no particular order.
So I know I've said several times that we are trying to discover to authors through this project, but there is a surprisingly lack of authors who start with the letter N. I was prepared for X to be hard, but N? Anyways, Laura Numeroff is the one I settled on for N. As a bonus, she also happens to be the Virtual Book Club for Kids author of the month. Although we already did a brief author study of Numeroff when our twins were two, she has a plethora of books on a variety of topics and so we grabbed a stack we hadn't read and dug in.
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If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
If you haven't read any of the books in the series, start with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie which is the first and best of the bunch. My daughter also particularly likes If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. There are a bunch of these books that all follow the same pattern of a circular story surrounding some silly animals and their preposterous ideas. The Movies version is perfect for winter and Christmas time. 2+
What Grandmas Do Best/What Grandpas Do Best
This is another delightful series by Numeroff. The books are set up in a flip format. You read one side (about grandmas for instance) and then halfway through you need to flip it over to read the other side (the grandpa story here). What I love about them is that the text is the same, so you realize that grandpas and grandmas (or brothers/sisters, moms/dads, etc) can all do the same things, even if they might do them a little differently. 1+
I maybe should have figured this out from the title, but I was completely surprised when this book turned out to be a pony version of Cinderella. Instead of a prince and princess, the horses all want to go live with a princess rider. Cheerful illustrations and a cover decorated with glitter, this was easily my daughter's favorite book of the bunch. 3+
When Sheep Sleep
Riddle me this: how do you count sheep to fall asleep if the sheep themselves are already asleep? Sweet rhyming version and David McPhail's lovely watercolor illustrations. 3+
10 Step Guide to Living with Your Monster
This book reminded me of the more recent bestseller, How to Train a Train. do you live with a monster? This book will tell you. Told as serious direction on how to care for your roudy monster, paired with goofy monster illustrations this is pure silliness. 3+
For more Numeroff books, check out these reviews.
Books Reviewed Below
*Visit Laura Numeroff's website for some coloring pages and a few fun facts about the author.
*We did this book making activity based on the flip format books when our kids were two. They still have the book and delight in reading about themselves.
*Make a circle what if story together. Numeroff is best known for her If you give… . Start the story by saying "If you give a.." and see where it takes you. Go around in a circle having each person decide where to go next based on what the previous person said. As the grownup, try to jump in when you see a good point to bring the story back around full circle.
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