105 Ways to Give a Book

Cybils Nominees ABC Giveaway: The Letter C

Crabby Pants
by Julie A. Gassman, illustrated by Richard Watson

Crabby PantsWhen things go wrong for Roger, he gets crabby. One day, while sitting in the naughty chair, Roger reflects on being called “crabby pants” and thinks that he can change things by simply fixing the pants themselves. With such a perfect plan, whatever could go wrong? This books will be a hit with preschoolers that have been crabby — which is to say all of them — and parents who suffered through a “crabby pants” of their own — which is say all of them. The clear and lively illustrations make it great for storytime, and the story offers a perfect beginning to talk about better solutions for moody behavior.
I couldn’t find an appropriate gift for Crabby Pants, so I’ll use another Cybils nominee,
The Cow Loves Cookies, which can be given with this Cookie Counting toy or look for 105 more ways to give a book.
The Letter C

Book: Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats, by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (alphabet book)

Action Rhyme: “Hey Diddle Diddle”

Book: The Cow That Laid an Egg, by Andy Cutbill, or The Cow Who Clucked, by Denise Fleming

Song: “Ten Little Chickies”
(sung to the “Ten Little Indians” tune.)

Book: I Bought a Baby Chicken, by Kelly Milner Halls (counting book)

Song: “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”
(You know the song. This time just use the animals that begin with “C” — chicks, cows, and cats.)

Book: “C” Is for Clown, by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Extra/Alternate Books: Grumpy Cat, by Britta Techentrup, or Cats, Cats, Cats, by Leslea Newman, or your own favorite cow, chick, or cat book.
Go here for the full text of songs/rhymes/fingerplays.
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morninglight mama said...

For a gift, especially in warmer climates, how about a pair of shorts that USED TO BE a pair of "crabby pants," and the wearer must be happy when he/she wears them. :)

Storied Cities said...

I don't know this one, I'll have to look for it.

Bridget R. Wilson said...

Another great story time! Thanks.

A few more "C" books I like:
Cat Dreams by Ursula LeGuin
The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen
Cowboy Bunnies by Christine Loomis

Sarah said...

I really enjoyed Karma Wilson's THE COW LOVES COOKIES. And of course, CLICK CLACK MOO.

Anonymous said...

Aw, Sarah had what I was thinking of: Click, Clack, Moo! I'll stick with the bovine theme, though and go with Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? Dr. Seuss never fails.

Charlotte said...

The letter "c" is the best letter ever, even though there are concomitant cows and chickens.

and even though Charlotte took me ages to learn to spell...

Z-Kids said...

Hilary Knight's "The Circus is Coming." (Two C's for the price of one...)

Callie said...

Another popular "C" board book:
Cows in the Kitchen (moo moo moo)


Hallee Adelman said...

Charlie Cook's Favorite Book!!