Happy Read Across America Day! In honor of today as well as World Read Aloud Day, which was just a couple weeks ago, I thought I’d share a couple recent Millbrook picture books I’ve been enjoying reading aloud with my kids–along with a few thoughts on different ways to read the books.
Porcupine’s Picnic, which is by Betsy R. Rosenthal and illustrated by Giusi Capizzi, has been a huge hit with 100% of the 3-year-olds I’ve shared it with. Well, okay, I’ve only read it to my own son. But don’t just take my word for it–Booklist said, “Cheerful artwork and a narrative with plenty of repetition make this a great pick for group story time.” And I do think book would be a blast to share with a group of preschoolers.
This book includes a surprise ending (I won’t tell you what it is, but let’s just say the picnic comes to a hasty yet not at all gruesome end when Tiger shows up), and I think it could be fun to pair with a fictional picture book like Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown or A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins at story time. Porcupine’s Picnic ends with some information about herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, so it would also be perfect to follow up with a snack at the end of the book!