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Cybils Nominees ABC Giveaway: The Letter D

Disappearing Desmond
by Anna-Alter

Disappearing DesmondDesmond prefers not to be noticed, so he blends into the background. Like, literally. He has found many ways to disappear, that is until a new girl finds him — over and over again. When she approaches him to share a favorite book, a wonderful friendship is formed, and not only does he lose the need to hide, but he finds and engages other shy kids. A sweet story with lovely illustrations, this is a perfect book for the preschool and kindergarten crews who will be facing the same issues. Some of the hiding pictures may make the book a bit challenging to share in group storytime — be prepared for several cries of “But I can’t see him!” — but will make the kids want to read it later to see the pictures more closely. By the way, Anna Alter, the author/illustrator, often shares her illustrating process at her blog, Painting Bunnies and Blue Rose Girls. So start following her now for an inside view to her next book.
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The Letter D

Book: Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale, by Pamela Duncan Edwards (this book uses the letter D a lot), or Dinosaur Roar, by Paul and Henrietta Stickland

Fingerplay: “Five Huge Dinosaurs”
Five huge dinosaurs/Letting out a roar
One went away/And then there were four.

Crashing down a tree... [three]
Eating dinosaur stew... [two]
Going on a run... [one]
Looking for some fun... [none])
Book: Duck and Goose, by Tad Hills, or a shorter book, One Duck Stuck, by Phyllis Root (counting book)

Song: “Little Ducks”
(You know, “But the one little duck with the feather on his back...”)

Book: Dog Eared: Starring Otis, by Amanda Harvey

Song: “Where Has My Little Dog Gone?”

Extra/Alternate Books: Mucky Duck, by Sally Grindley, or Dogs, Dogs, Dogs, by Leslea Newman, or your own favorite (short) dog, duck, or dinosaur book.
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Bridget R. Wilson said...

Other "D" books that would work well...

The Doghouse by Jan Thomas
If You Give a Dog a Donut by Numeroff (this one won't be out until August 2011)

Sarah said...

Oooh...definitely THE DOGHOUSE, Bridget! Jan Thomas' books are perfect for storytime. I also really love DUCK ON A BIKE (David Shannon) and DO LIKE A DUCK DOES (Judy Hindley).

I haven't seen DISAPPEARING DESMOND yet, but it looks fun!

Unknown said...

I have to add Diary of a Wimpy Kid because it has changed so many reluctant readers this year and last that it deserves all the praise it's been getting.

And Dogku - that book is adorable and molds the descriptive way my kids write haikus!

Z-Kids said...

"Daddy Hug" by Tim Warnes and Jane Chapman: Great book.
- AZ

bioluminescence said...

Ooh, seconding Duck on a Bike.

There's No Such Thing As a Dragon.
Henry, the Dog With No Tail. (with possible tail-making activity :)
Dogzilla by Dav Pilkey.

Aparently we love lots of D books.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Love Anna Alter. Her illustrations are adorable. Dotty by Erica S. Perl is another great "D" book published this year.

As far as ducks, my kids like reading Five Little Ducks by Mary Gruetzke and singing the accompanying song.

Terry Doherty said...

We love When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach. There is lots of giggle factor and moms in the audience will see themselves, too!

Callie said...

Another D book for the smallest crowd:

Deep Blue Sea


Karen said...

Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd is one of my all-time favorite storytime books!!!