105 Ways to Give a Book

Cybils Nominees ABC Giveaway: The Letters J & K

I apologize for the lengthy break in the ABC Giveaway. I didn’t expect that my holiday weekend would be so consumed with extended family that I wouldn’t have time or energy to blog. Or think, for that matter. I had always planned to put up a new Ways to Give a Book, but had thought I’d be doing the actual work for it over the long weekend. Because apparently I allow myself to forget what family visits are like — perhaps out of self-preservation.

Anyway, I combined the letters J and K because I never did an actual storytime for either, so I was kind of working from scratch. Also, I don’t have Cybils-nominated books for either letter — at least that I’ve received yet — so I’m highlighting two school-themed picture books that I’ve reviewed before.

Jake Starts School
by Michael Wright

Jake Starts SchoolWhen we last saw Jake, his parents were trying to get him to sleep by going everywhere around the house with him. Well, Jake is still having separation issues at school, where he cannot let go of his parents. He literally clings to them through the whole day, making the seesaw hard and bathroom breaks impossible. The teacher is finally able to engage him with a book with the same name as his dog, and Jake finds his school groove. Bright and wacky illustrations fit the silly — and sometimes strained — rhyming text. (“There it was, Room Number 1/where Jake would join his class./It looked so big, he felt so small,/he passed a little gas.”) I can’t call this my favorite book, but kids will enjoy the silly take on starting school.

Kindergarten Cat
by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Alice Busby

Kindergarten CatThe kindergarteners come to school to find that their room has its own cat — and what a smart kitty she is! She may not know her colors or numbers, but she listens to the teacher’s lessons and responds. And boy, is she cute. While many books approach kindergarten with a list of all the things kids do, this slight story allows the reader to see what happens in a more natural way. The illustrations are engaging with a childlike feel, rich colors, and a diverse class. The rhyming couplets seem a bit strained, but it’s unlikely to bother the target audience, who will be thrilled with the idea of a cat in a classroom as even a remote possibility.
Consider giving these books with fun school supplies like a Hello Kitty set or some scented markers, or look for 105 other ways to give a book and 45 ways to give a picture book.
The Letters J and K

Book: This is the House that Jack Built, by Simms Taback

Rhyme: “Jack and the Candlestick”
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick.
Book: One, Two, Three... Jump! by Penelope Lively

Book: I Love You, Blue Kangaroo, by Emma Chichester Clark

Fingerplay: “The Brown Kangaroo”
The brown kangaroo is very funny
She leaps and runs and hops like a bunny
(two fingers up and hop)
And on her stomach is a pocket so wide
(place other hand on tummy)
Her baby can jump in and go for a ride
(first hand jumps into “pocket”)
Book: Katie Loves the Kittens, by John Himmelman

Fingerplay: “Five Little Kittens”
Five little kittens standing in a row
(hold up five fingers)
They nod their heads to the children so
(bend fingers)
They run to the left, they run to the right
(run fingers to the left and then to the right)
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight
(stretch fingers out tall)
Along comes a dog who’s in for some fun
(hold up one finger from opposite hand)
MEOW! See those little kittens run!
(let fingers run)
Alternate Books: A Kiss Like This, by Catherine Anholt; Jumpy Jack and Googily, by Meg Rosoff, and Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems.
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Sarah said...

I am loving JUMP by Scott Fischer. As far as K books I also love Katie Loves the Kittens. Some other great kitten books are Kitten's First Full Moon (Henkes), Pinkney's new Three Little Kittens, A Kitten Tale (Rohmann).

Anonymous said...

I like Katy Duck, Dance Star but lessons about saying you're sorry don't do well at storytime. So I'll go with Kitty Cuddles. Kitty likes different kinds of hugs ... and the favorite is from his new baby brother.

Karen said...

I love using Jump Frog Jump by Kalan and my construction minded library kids love Jack's House by Karen Magnuson Beil. As for K--I'm with Sarah. I also love Katie Loves the Kittens, Kitten's First Full Moon & A Kitten Tale :)

Bridget R. Wilson said...

I like The Purple Kangaroo by Michael Ian Black and Kiki's Blankie by Bynum.

Thanks for the great story time plan!

bioluminescence said...

Great comments! I was going to say Jump, Frog, Jump too! Great read aloud! For lap reading we adore Katy No-Pocket. Seconding The Purple Kangaroo too. My entire family loves this book more than most. It's a little bizarre. :)

Charlotte said...

For J there's Jamberry (which you could give with jam, but I don't think many children would want jam).

Storied Cities said...

J is for Jamberry, for sure.

Kristen said...

I love Just a Mess by Mercer Mayer and also Kiss Kiss by Mandine.

wmmahaney said...

We love The Jolly Christmas Postman and Katy and the Big Snow

Z-Kids said...

"June 29, 1999" & "Kidogo"
- AZ