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{Picture Book Month} Let's All Go to the Zoo!

Picture Book Lists and Children's Book Activities from The Weekly Kid's Co-Op 


I've decided to connect my Picture Book choice for today to Picture Book Month, an international literacy campaign in November. Each day has a different topic and author or illustrator as its focus. Today's topic focus is zoo books and Jannie Ho is the selected illustrator.

To join in, I decided to share one of our favorite zoo books, a vintage book (first published in 1964) called Where's Wallace? by Hilary Knight, which is definitely a precursor to Wally. My boys love this book and everyone (in the book) loves Wallace, a very curious and clever monkey. As Wallace asks questions and learns things, he promptly decides to go explore and see these things for himself. Of course, this means we get to find Wallace -- at the beach, in a museum, at the circus, etc. Typically, Wallace is in "disguise" making the effort to find him lots of fun. While this book may not be seen as a traditional picture book by some because it has more text than most picture books, it certainly is a book in which the pictures are as important (in fact more important) than the words. Caterpillar and Wild Thing are 2 and 4, and I've been reading them this book for well over a year. I don't read every word, but focus on where Wallace's questions will take him and love watching the boys pour over the panoramic scenes to find him! 

Where's Wallace? is one of our highly treasured heirloom books, which is what I prefer to call our vintage books. Do you have a favorite vintage book or book that has been in your family for a generation or 2 (or more)? What about a favorite zoo book? Please share! We've requested Animal Strike at the Zoo, It's True! by Karma Wilson, the selected November author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids. Hope it arrives soon! 

Now, since this is, after all, The Weekly Kid's Co-Op, I thought it would only be appropriate to share our favorite posts from last week that highlighted children's books and/or activities connecting to children's books -- many of the bloggers featured are from the Picture Book of the Day crew too! (I put an asterisk next to the posts that are from PBOTD bloggers - you can find out more about us over at Growing Book by Book.)

Children's Book Lists/Kid List Picks


Children's Book Activities


Thanks for joining me for The Kid's Co-Op.
(Psss...Next week, I'll be focusing on gratitude, 
so if you got a gratitude post, I'd love to share it.)

Comments

  1. What an awesome round-up! Thanks so much for sharing our favorite books for 2-3 year-olds and giving a shout out to Picture Book of the Day!

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  2. Oh, you are so right Jennifer - this is totally like Orangutan Houdini! :-)

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