Frogs, Frogs, Frogs: Picture Book Round Up

Storytime this week was actually all things beginning with the letter F, which is fun, fantastic, and frustrating. Mostly the later. Because so many things start with F, including four-letter things, I like to focus (which also starts with an f) on one thing from the kit. This week it was Frogs, which was perfect because it was a frog friendly day, rainy and cool. We did talk about the letter F and all my little friends (sorry I always try to use lots of words that start with the letter of the theme during the story time) would shout out when we used a word starting with that letter.

Some fun frog tales, a few of which I read in storytime:

Fine As We Are Fine As We Are, Algy Craig Hall. Frog Family of two, finds they can be fine as two or as many.

The Green Frogs: A Korean Folktale The Green Frogs: A Korean Folktale, Yumi Heo. A Folktale about two disobedient frogs and their mother.

Jump, Frog, Jump! Jump, Frog, Jump! Robert Kalan, Fun cumulative story with refrain, “Jump, Frog, Jump!”

A Frog in the Bog A Frog in the Bog, Karma Wilson. Such a good read aloud, I just want to chant it!

Froggy Gets Dressed Froggy Gets Dressed Jonathon London. In my mind, the best of all the long Froggy series, plus underwear humor.

City Dog, Country Frog City Dog, Country Frog Mo Willems, Jon Muth. I wish I didn’t care about copyright and could swipe some images from this book for my blog. Dogs AND frogs!

A Place for Frogs A Place for Frogs Melissa Stewart, Higgins Bond. Amazing illustrations, simple text.

Down by the Cool of the Pool Down by the Cool of the Pool Tony Mitton. A great candidate for repetition, a frog leads off a dance.

Green Wilma (Puffin Pied Piper) Green Wilma, Tedd Arnold. What if you woke up one morning and were a frog?

The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A POP-UP BOOK The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A POP-UP BOOK, Keith Faulkner. A good book to have as an office/reference title, because it is great for storytime, but lousy as a circulating title.

And one title to have on hand to share the pictures, if not the text:
Frogs Frogs, Nic Bishop.

We also did a rousing rendition of Five Little Speckled Frogs, shoo fly don’t bother me with our egg shakers, and I did a fold and tell story of the rainhat. Lots of fun for a rainy day!

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5 responses to “Frogs, Frogs, Frogs: Picture Book Round Up

  1. I use Nic Bishop’s books quite a bit in preschool storytime – I use the large bolded text as a starting point for discussing the pictures. And we love Wide-Mouthed Frog – I actually have several of Faulkner’s pop-ups – the Long-Nosed Pig and….the Giraffe who went cock-a-doodle-doo I think? We just got a new frog book which I think will be a big hit – Ethan Long’s Croaky Pokey.

  2. That Croaky Pokey book looks SO cute! I’m going to have to order a copy for sure. The library I work at has almost no pop-up books circulating.

  3. All our pop-ups are in my professional collection – except for some I decided I didn’t care about and stuck on the picturebook shelves, where they are rapidly disintegrating.

  4. lessalibrarian

    circulating pop-up books make me sad… Most of the ones I’ve seen last a month, if that, before they don’t pop-up anymore and mostly just list towards one side of the page…
    But by not circulating them, I feel like a selfish hoarder. And pop-up books are so expensive that most parents don’t feel like spending the money on something which will break (in a month).
    So, to reconcile the two, what I try to do is include a pop-up in almost all of my storytimes so that they can still get exposure and see the awesomeness, and I don’t feel like I’m wasting collection development money…
    How do you guys feel about pop-ups?

    • There ae some that I’d like to see on the shelves with strong packing tape, while others are more gift books, office use. I want to add some more office books, because right now I think we have five (Bark, George, King Bidgood’s in The Bathtub, Buz, and PeekaMoo, and oh the places you’ll go.) I don’t know why we have the ones we do, and I’d like to have more on hand!

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