Picture Books Lesson Plans and Activities


Picture Books Lesson Plans & Activities

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”

— Jacqueline Kennedy

A creative collection of crafts and activities for some of our favorite fun books for Preschool, Toddler, and School-aged Children's Picture Books. Hands-on activities, Crafts and Discussion Questions. #mosswoodconnections

Welcome to our Picture Books Lesson Plans & Activities Page! Books and literature are important factors in early childhood education. Reading books and enriching literature with picture book extension activities is one of the key ways that we can foster future success in school as well as later in life. Enjoy our hands-on lesson plans and activities for some of our favorite books.

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A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein

A Giraffe and a Half is a classic book that will delight readers with its whimsy and charm. The rhymes are catchy and a wonderful introduction to poetry for the kids. If you had a giraffe . . . and he stretched another half . . . you would have a giraffe and a half. And so it goes until . . .

A Giraffe and a Half Rhyming Kit

A Giraffe and a Half Rhyming Kit

Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems

The kids love books by Mo Willems. The characters are engaging, the messages in the books are positive, and they are books that adults won’t mind reading again and again. The kids will have lots of fun with this Piggie and Elephant Sharing Shapes Activity.

Piggie and Elephant Sharing Shapes Activity


Lola Goes to School by Marcia Goldman

Going to a new school can be scary for many children. Actually, starting anything new can make most of us a bit nervous. Why not enlist the help of a therapy dog and one of the best first day of school books? Lola Goes to School by Marcia Goldman introduces students to what can happen when they first go to school, what it might be like, how to deal with feeling nervous and making new friends. This adorable first day of school book will help many children feel more comfortable and ready for their first day of school.

Lola Goes to School First day of School Activities

Lola Goes to School: Picture Book Activities About Going to School


The Pea Patch Jig by Thacher Hurd

The Pea Patch Jig is one of my new favorite books! I have been reading it to the kids at work and they all love the book. One child was having a tantrum (I wouldn’t let her eat paint.) so I went to the other side of the room and started reading The Pea Patch Jig. By the second page, she had stopped crying. By the third page, she came to sit next to me and by the fourth page, she had completely forgotten her distress and was fully engaged.

The Pea Patch Jig Curriculum and Activities

The Pea Patch Jig Picture Book Activities

Lola Goes to the Doctor  by Marcia Goldman

Children will identify with Lola as she nervously waits to be called into the doctor’s office. Check out our activity guide for free printables, activities and visual supports for non-verbal learners!

Lola Goes to the Doctor Activities & Lesson Plan 

Lola Goes to the Doctor Picture Book Free Printables, Lessons and Activities


 Winter Candle By Jeron Ashford, Illustrated by Stacey Schuett

“What do you do when your celebration needs a candle, but yours are all gone? You ask your neighbors if they have one to spare. A multicultural assortment of neighbors passes a squat, lumpy candle from apartment to apartment allowing for a host of winter holidays, celebrations, and family reunions to go on.”

Winter Candle Curriculum and Activity Guide

Winter Candle Curriculum and Activity Guide PDF

Winter Candle Picture Book Lesson Plan


One by Kathryn Otoshi 

Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? Young readers learn about numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors, they also learn about accepting each other’s differences.

One Lessons and Activities

One by Kathryn Otoshi - Picture Book Month Extension Activities


Two by Kathryn Otoshi

“Two is best friends with One. Whenever they’d get the chance, they’d dance! What a pair they made! Suddenly One only wants to play with Three. “ONE, THREE, odds we’ll be!” they chant. Two feels left out. But what can she do? Another character-building counting book by award-winning author Kathryn Otoshi, Two is a powerful story of friendship, loss, letting go, and self-discovery.”

Two Lessons and Activities

Two by Kathryn Otoshi - Picture Book Activities


Splat and the Cool School Trip by Rob Scotten

Join Splat the Cat on a school trip to the zoo. Splat only wants to see the penguins. After all, penguins are perfect; they are black and white, just like Splat! All day long, Splat just can’t wait. But Splat goes home disappointed and alone . . . or does he?

Splat and the Cool School Trip Lessons and Activities

Splat the Cat Picture Book Lessons and Activities


Don’t Turn the Page! by Rachelle Burk, Illustrated by Julie Downing

Like most children, Sami puts off going to bed for as long as possible.  A bedtime book that both parent and child will relish reading one more time, Don’t Turn the Page! features a surprise ending that reinforces the sense that it’s bedtime for everyone.

Don’t Turn the Page Picture Book Activities

Don’t Turn the Page! Picture Book Activities


The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit!

The Day the Crayons Quit Questions and Activities

Crayon Ornament Craft Project

The Day the Crayons Quit Crafts and Activities



In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van and illustrated by April Chu.

The story is familiar and yet exotic at the same time. Children will delight in getting a peek at the setting of a fishing village in Viet Nam. The story is told from different perspectives.

In a Village by the Sea Picture Book Lesson Plan

In a Village by the Sea Picture Book Activities Craft and Free Printables

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Eight Great Picture Books About Autism

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  1. Jhanis

    Great suggestions! We’re always looking for new books!

  2. Theresa

    This is such a wonderful resource! Thank you for the information on the books and the accompanying activities!

  3. Eva @ Kidminds

    What a great homeschooling resource! I can’t wait to try your activities. I just put on hold at the library In the village by the sea and Cozy light, cozy night. We will pick up the books at a first opportunity and I will let you know how it goes!

    • Mosswood Connections

      Oh, I hope you enjoy them! They are beautiful books.



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