November is Picture Book Month and today’s theme is Monkeys! Head on over to PictureBookMonth.com to read Brian Smith’s post about the importance of picture books. And here are three fun monkey themed picture books to share with the littles in your life:
Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin, Jr. & Michael Sampson, illustrated by Brian Won
I love this book! Little monkey won’t get out of bed, so a worried Mama calls the doctor who says, “Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Gooseberry Pies — Monkey needs some exercise!” What follows is a high energy rhyme that will get little ones moving, clapping, shaking, and stomping. This book is awesome for storytime interaction and movement, as well as reinforcing body awareness as kiddos “get the rhythm” of the head, the hands, the feet, and the hips. Check out Jbrary’s rhyme or Dr. Knickerbocker for the tunes if you don’t already know this one. I love how the reader in this video uses shakers, too. I might try that next time I use this in storytime.
Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Kevin Cornell
This book is so much fun! As you set out to count monkeys, one silly thing after another goes wrong. Each page features large numbers and fun things to count and asks readers (or listeners) for interaction before turning the page to, hopefully, count the monkeys on the next page.
Where’s My Mom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Little Monkey can’t find his mother and Butterfly offers to help him. As Little Monkey describes his mother, Butterfly takes him to one wrong mother after another…until Little Monkey offers up just the right description. This is another fun book that will have kids laughing about Butterfly’s silly guesses and the miscommunications between the two.