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Cybils Nominees ABC Giveaway: The Letter Q

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The Queen’s Secret
by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Loufane

The Queen’s SecretA little girls has an obsession with the queen. Not about her jewels or throne or castle, but about her purse. What could she be carrying in her handbag? What could a queen possibly need? When fate tosses her a chance to find out, she is very surprised and in keeping the secret makes a new — and royal — friend. A cute story from Canada where they are still connected with that whole queen thing. The rhyming text was uneven in quality, with the best bits describing the possibilities of what the bag might contain, “A pink velvet cape in case of a chill? A stout walking stick in case of a hill?” The illustrations are bright and friendly, and the book would be fun to share with preschoolers who will enjoy the image of a modern-day queen — and being part of the secret.
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The Letter Q

Book: Little Quack, by Lauren Thompson

Song: “Six Little Ducks”
Six little ducks that I once knew,
Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones too.

Chorus: But the one little duck
with a feather in his back,
He led the others with a
Quack, quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack!
Quack, quack, quack!
He led the others with a
Quack, quack, quack!

Down to the water they did go.
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble to and fro.

Home from the water they did come,
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, ho-hum-hum.

(BTW, the tune is here.)
Book: Stella, Queen of the Snow, by Marie-Loise Gay, or Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen, by Cari Best

Nursery Rhyme: “The Queen of Hearts”
The Queen of Hearts,
She made some tarts,
All on a summer’s day;
The Knave of Hearts,
He stole the tarts,
And took them clean away
Book: Quiet! by Paul Bright

Song: “What Begins with Q?”
What begins with Q?
What begins with Q?
We all know.
We’ll tell you so.
What begins with Q?

Quack begins with Q…

Queen begins with Q…

Quiet begins with Q...

(This is song to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell” and can be used for any letter — but is probably never needed more than when you get to Q.)
Book: QPootle5, by Nick Butterworth, or Quick as a Cricket, by Audrey Wood

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Jan Markley said...

Sounds like a great book!

Storied Cities said...

I was too late to comment on your "I" post, but Isaac the Ice Cream Truck is a sweet story.

Bridget R. Wilson said...

How about Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin?

Sarah said...

THE QUIET BOOK by Deborah Underwood is so-super cute. I haven't used it for storytime, but it works great during quiet time at home with my toddler.

Brimful Curiosities said...

How about the library book: Quiet! There's a Canary in the Library by Don Freeman. It would be fun to develop a storytime around it and somehow incorporate all the animals.

Karen said...

You could be very 'quack'alicious and include It's Quacking Time by Martin Waddell.

Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting, and NOT a princess book, which works for me.

Unknown said...

Q is our letter of the week in Pre-K. Love the ideas.

Amy said...

I'm seconding The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood!

Unknown said...

Q is for Duck: an Alphabet Guessing Game. My students had great fun creating their own pages for this one.

wmmahaney said...

The Quiltmaker's Gift! Absolutely beautiful story.

Katie said...

Read "The Wedding of Q and U" by Denise Dillon-Hreha. Use this to help children understand that almost always a u follows a q!

Z-Kids said...

An Egg is Quiet