Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Virtual Book Club: Mo Willems-The Duckling Gets a Cookie (Toddler Does Too!)

Excited to be participating in the Summer Virtual Book Club. Each month, a different author is featured. This month is Mo Willems, who has so many great books for #SummerReading.

Wild Thing doesn't always want to share with Caterpillar, his baby brother, so I loved that 2 of the 3 books we got from the library had great, fun stories about sharing and inclusion. Wild Thing loved The Pigeon Gets a Cookie. 

Our book activities typically follow the format of Eat, Draw, Learn! like we did with My Abuelita for Cinco De Mayo. So, that's what we did with this book too. I hope you enjoy and perhaps decide to make cookies!

Wild Thing took this picture himself. He was so proud.

1. Eat - Cooking Activity - Make cookies!! We made Carrot Cake Cookies for Father's Day using a recipe from the craving chronicles. Wild Thing especially liked helping to grate the carrots (by pressing the button on the food processor) and making the frosting (the cookies have a cream cheese frosting that you can spread on top of them or sandwich between 2 cookies, which daddy preferred. Wild Thing liked to dip his cookies in the frosting, and he wanted to add cinnamon to the frosting-yum).

2. Draw - Art Activity - Again, we made cookies, but kept it simple: cardboard cut into circles, a black marker for the chocolate chips and sprinkles glued on to make the nuts. Wild Thing enjoyed eating the sprinkles the most! Caterpillar, the baby, was obsessed with taking the top on and off of the glue.

3. Learn - Sharing is such an important concept to nurture, so we did some pretend play by retelling the story with the pretend cookies, a duck toy and a car (Wild Thing thought a car would be the best toy to use since we didn't have a pigeon, maybe because the pigeon always wants to drive something!).  We emphasized how the duck shared his cookie with the pigeon. I also like retelling stories because it builds early literacy. Another learning extension involved a lot of counting - counting the chocolate chips and nuts on the cookies in the book and the ones on our pretend cookies.

Oh - and of course, we read the book, several times. It especially came in handy to read the book when we had to wait for the cookies to bake, since Wild Thing wanted his cookies RIGHT NOW!! (kind of like the Pigeon). 

We enjoyed this so much that I'll be posting about another Mo Willems book (or 2) before the month ends, so please check back to see what other fun we had with Mo. Oh - and did you know Mo has his own blog and Pigeon is on twitter? Learn more at


If you're interested in joining this month's book club, there's still time:
  1. Comment below and let us know that you are joining in!
  2. Pick your favorite book by Mo Willems (or a new one you want to check out) and read it with your child or class.
  3. Create an activity, project, craft, cooking project, etc. related to the book and do it.
  4. Come back and share it with us as part of a big Mo Willems Blog Hop on Monday, June 18th!
If you want to plan ahead, we'll also be studying the following authors this summer...

July- Don and Audrey Wood (July 16th is the link up)
August- Kevin Henkes (August 20th is the link up)


  1. We just read this book a couple weeks ago - love your extension activities!

    And I LOVE that Pigeon is on twitter! Must go find him and follow now :)

  2. Reselling the story with the cardboard cookies is a fun way to extend the book. I can see my boys. Enjoying that!

  3. Eat, draw, learn is a great way to organize book activities. We must check out this book and make these cookies. :)

  4. We love Mo Willems in our house too! Great choice in author and a lovely activity as well. Love it!

  5. Oh, I love the eat, draw, learn concept for books. I love that he shared his cookies, too! :)

  6. What fun activities to bring the story to life! And Wild Thing took a great picture of the baking :-) Thanks for sharing at Happy lil ❤'s are baking!!

  7. Such a simple idea and lots of fun. My little girl would love cardboard cookies.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

  8. Love all the ideas in this post - especially the cardboard cookies!!

    Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase - hope to see you there this week too!


  9. Great tie-in activities for the book! I love it when folks include cooking as an activity with kids.

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