James Brewster is at it again. Maybe I should say Uncle Rocky and his brave nephews are saving the day again. Picnic from the Glad to Do It! series is another winner that will have your kids celebrating everyday heroes even more than usual.
Because every little boy wants to be a firefighter. And Mr. Brewster knows how to make it exciting.
My hard crush on James Burd Brewster’s Glad to Do It! series is ever-expanding. I just love how Brewster bases these fun, upbeat picture books on real-life stories.
Plus, he always includes educational information about being a rescue worker. In Officer Jack: Stolen Puppy, Brewster walks your kids through how police run an investigation, showing the steps his officers take to find suspects. And if your kid doesn’t squeal over police cars, chances are puppies will do the trick. I’ve said it before, but I can’t recommend these books enough.
This book, y’all. It was one of my childhood favorites and remains so to this day. I always wanted to live in Toad Hall. I know, Toad is supposed to be the bully in the story, but he’s the reason I love toads. I wanted his house.
The boys were just as enchanted as I was by the story of Rat, Mole, Badger, and all the animals of the riverside. We were able to create a unit based on this book that brought in all kinds of interesting stuff that led to nature walks and rabbit trails aplenty. There’s a reason The Wind in the Willows is still read by people of all ages. It has All The Things.
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert is one of my favorite-ist picture books ever. Although it is an autumn book, it can be uses for leaf observation at any time of year.
The sweet story of the Leaf Man’s journey always makes me happy, and I’ve never met a kid who didn’t feel the same way.
When I worked at the library, I created a story time for the library a couple times with this book. It lends itself so well to crafts and projects.