Book Lists


Below you’ll find an index of our books for each year as well as links to the posts about the meetings as they occur. We hope you and your baby/toddler book club will read with us! (Italicized list items are special series meetings.)

2017-2018 books (2 to 4 year olds)

August – Shmulik Paints the Town by Lisa Rose

  • Splatter painting
  • Splatter “paint” whole wheat cookies

September – ¡Vámonos! Let’s Go! by René Colato Laínez

  • Bus ride
  • Bus cheese, cracker, and olive snack

October – Monster Trouble by Lane Frederickson

  • Monster slime
  • Monster apple snack

November – What Should I Make? by Nandini Nayar

  • Play dough
  • Chapatis

December – Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan

  • Color photo books
  • Dates

January – Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins

  • Money sorting, squeezing lemons/limes, and pretend lemonade stand
  • Lemonade, limeade, lemon popsicles, and lime popsicles

February – My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith

  • Happiness jars
  • Bannock

March – Rain by Linda Ashman

  • Frog hats; rain in a jar
  • Healthy cookies and hot cocoa

April – We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

  • Coffee filter earth/”I will change the world” craft
  • Earth muffins

May – Please Baby Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee

June – Kite Flying by Grace Lin

June special “field trip” – Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams

July – Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus

2016-2017 books (2 to 3 year olds)

August – The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

  • Seed (dried black bean) search in watermelon colored and scented rice sensory tub; watermelon seed counter
  • Watermelon

September – Can You Say Peace? by Karen Katz

  • Peace beading; pass the globe to music
  • International snack buffet

October – Secrets of the Apple Tree (Shine a Light Book) by Carron Brown

  • Nature walk; light table exploration of apples and nature items
  • Apples!

November – All of Me by Molly Bang

  • Tracing bodies on brown paper bags
  • Vegetable people

December – Soup Day by Melissa Iwai

  • Make soup
  • Soup!

January – Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Play with blocks
  • Cheese cube “blocks”

February – Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

  • Bag painting/color mixing
  • Yogurt “paint” color mixing with pretzel paintbrushes and Q-tip mouse “feet”

March – Digger Dog by William Bee

  • “Dinosaur bone” dig in cornmeal “sand”
  • Pretzel “bones” in graham cracker crumb “sand”

April – The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksi Tolstoy

  • Turnip scrap plants
  • Turnip stew

May – Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

  • Toy dog mud tub; soap and water toy dog bath
  • “Harry dog” snack with edible “mud”

June/July – Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean

  • Pete the Cat sensory walk
  • Strawberries, blueberries, healthy chocolate fruit dip, water

2015-2016 books (1 to 2 year olds)

August – Tails by Matthew Van Fleet

  • Textured “tail” sensory boxes
  • Carrot and olive “tiger tails” and banana and coconut “bunny tails”

September – Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear by Emily Gravett

  • Orange, Pear, Apple painting with taste-safe paint
  • Oranges, canned pears, baked apples

October – Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino

  • Pumpkin/toilet paper roll ghost bowling
  • Sweet potato jack-o-lanterns

November – Potato Joe by Keith Baker

  • Mashed potato sensory tub
  • Roasted Italian Parmesan potatoes

Special Meeting – Trains Go by Steve Light

  • Visit to Public Garden to see train exhibit

December – In The Snow by Sharon Phillips Denslow

  • Make bird feeders
  • Toddler “seed” over yogurt “snow”

January – Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

  • Color matching keys and cages made from up-cycled wipe containers
  • Bananas

February – Hand, Hand, Fingers Thumb by Al Perkins & Eric Gurney

  • Drum “band”
  • Apples and plums

March – The Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle

  • Secret watercolor messages, shape path to follow
  • Shape fruit, cheese, and crackers

April – Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

  • Nature walk to spot green things
  • Green fruits and vegetables (peas, celery, edamame, spinach smoothies, kiwi, etc.)

May – Go, Dog, Go! (Bright and Early Condensed Board Book Version) by P.D. Eastman

  • Parachute Dog party and Stop and Go game
  • Graham cracker, peanut butter, and fruit stoplight snack

June – Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera

  • Tin foil river with pool noodle boats
  • Egg boats

July – Opposites by Sandra Boynton

  • Opposites demonstration
  • Food opposites snack

2014-2015 books (3 to 4 year olds)

July “Virtual Book Club for Kids” meeting – Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

  • Ocean Pool
  • String Cheese Octopus; Ocean Jello Cup (special birthday treat)!

July-Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

  • Play in a tub of spaghetti
  • Whole wheat spaghetti

July “Macaroni Kid” meeting – Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

  • Blueberry picking
  • Freshly picked blueberry snack

August Weekend – The Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman

  • Family Trees
  • Potluck of food to represent family/family favorite

August – Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy

  • Giant Bubbles
  • Bubble juice (apple juice and seltzer water) and rice cakes

August “Macaroni Kid” meeting – The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

  • Fruits from book
  • “Hunt to Fight Hunger”

September Weekend – Children of the World by Donata Montanari

  • Pretend trip around the world with stops at each country featured in book
  • Activities and snacks at each “country”

September – Moo Moo Brown Cow, Have You Any Milk? by Phillis Gershator

  • Bread, milk, honey, eggs
  • Interacting with backyard chickens and eggs

October- Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

  • Tacos
  • Charades

November- Knitting Nell by Julie Jersild Roth

  • Finger knitting
  • Edible “yarn”

December weekend- Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

  • Cookie decorating
  • Gingerbread

December – The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

  • “Hand” spice painting
  • “Hand” sandwiches

January – The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

  • “Snow” shaving cream painting
  • “Snow” coconut milk ice cream

February – And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

  • “Hatching” penguins from ice using pipettes
  • Olive, cream cheese, and carrot penguins

March weekend- The Lorax by Dr. Suess

  • Planting parsley seeds in repurposed toilet paper/paper towel rolls
  • “Bar-ba-loot” fruit (raspberries) and “Truffula” seeds (pumpkin seed, sunflower seed, cashew, dried cranberry mix)

March- Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

  • Pete the Cat book marks with removable sticker “buttons”
  • Peanut butter banana button cookies

April – Fill a Bucket by Carol McCloud

  • Positive reinforcement buckets
  • Yogurt parfait buckets

May – The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

  • Paper bag costumes
  • Dragon pear snack

June-Can I Play Too? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

  • Balls on parachute
  • Energy balls

2013-2014 books (2 to 3 year olds) July-We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

  • Bear “hunt” re-creation
  • Bear toast faces

August-Hey, Wake Up! by Sandra Boynton

  • Toddler yoga and free play at the playground
  • “Broccoli stew”

September-Leaves by David Ezra Stein

  • Leaf collection and crayon rubbings
  • Kale chips

October “Virtual Book Club for Kids” meeting – What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen by Nick Sharratt

  • Mystery sensory boxes
  • Strawberry tea and biscuits

October-The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

  • Giant yarn web and spider web lacing cards
  • String cheese, fruit, & pretzel web and spider

November “Virtual Book Club for Kids Meeting-Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson

  • Teddy bear clinic
  • Vitamin C smoothie

November-Stone Soup by Heather Forest

  • Make stone soup
  • Eat stone soup

December- Waddle or Gallop (& Santa! for special holiday addition) by Rufus Butler Seder

  • Activity dice game
  • Animal crackers (& cheese/fruit Santa hats)

January “Virtual Book Club for Kids” meeting-If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff

  • Baking soda and vinegar volcanos
  • Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches

January-Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis

  • Popsicle stick airplanes
  • Pretzel rod “sticks” and “paintbrushes” with jelly

February “Virtual Book Club for Kids” meeting-Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

  • Task re-enactment: sweeping, washing dishes, sewing(lacing cards), planting, harvesting, grinding
  • Healthy cake

February-One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Suess

  • Fishing with magnets and card stock fish/paperclips; sorting fish by color/word family
  • Fishing for Goldfish Colors crackers using carrots and dip for fishing pole and bait

March “Virtual Book Club for Kids” meeting-Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

  • Cellophane wrapped item exchange
  • Fruit fish

March-Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig

  • Make the kids “into pizzas” following the story in the book
  • English muffin pizzas

April “Virtual Book Club for Kids” meetings-Lunch by Denise Fleming

  • Dot stickers
  • Colorful ice cube tray lunch

April-If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

  • Make sock puppets like the moose in the book
  • Banana oatmeal muffins

May “Virtual Book Club for Kids” meeting- Yoo Hoo Ladybug! by Mem Fox

  • Ladybug search and spot number matching
  • Grape tomato, olive, chive “ladybug” on cream cheese cracker

May-Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

  • Purple crayon mural
  • “Edible crayons”

June “Virtual Book Club for Kids” meeting – Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle

  • Make homemade butter in a jar
  • Pancakes

June “Macaroni Kid” meeting-Red, White, and Boom by Lee Wardlaw

  • Cupcake liner fireworks; sand play
  • Flag peanut butter, jelly & fruit sandwiches; watermelon; corn-on-the-cob

June-Press Here by Herve Tullet

  • Dot painting
  • Frozen yogurt covered banana dots

2012-2013 (1 to 2 year olds) July- Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Suess

  • Rainmakers
  • Rice Krispie cereal in milk

August- I Spy Little Books by Jean Marzollo

  • I Spy jars
  • I Spy snack mix

September- Apples Here! by Will Hubbell

  • Apple painting
  • Homemade slow cooker applesauce

October-Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? by Karen Katz

  • Pumpkin decorating with stickers
  • Pumpkin breakfast “cookies”

November- Beep Beep by Petr Horáček

  • Cardboard box cars
  • Fruit cars

December – Welcome Winter by Jill Ackermann

  • Pretend snow/snow dough
  • Yogurt & coconut covered banana slice “snow balls”

January- How do Dinosaurs Count to Ten?  by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

  • Make number pretzels
  • Number pretzels

February- Chicka, Chicka ABC/Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault

  • Corn meal “sand” letter dig
  • Fruit chicka chicka trees

March- Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

  •  Contact paper collages
  • “Painted” toast

April- Little Cloud by Eric Carle

  • Cotton ball “cloud” play & picture
  • Cottage cheese clouds

May-What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Schwartz

  • Rainbow ribbon bookmarks
  •  Fruit rainbows

June-The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

  •  Strawberry picking
  • Fresh picked strawberries

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