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NPBM Blog-Along: Jungle

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?

Trick question, because it never was before… but now it is!  Picture Book Month is an international initiative to celebrate children’s books and debunk the rumor that printed books will cease to exist because of new technology.  Go read more at founder Dianne de Las Casas’ website, and tune in for the blog posts by famous authors and illustrators.  There’s even a calendar with different themes for each day of November, so you can play along.

You know I can’t resist a good picture book, so this is right up my alley!  Instead of NaNoWriMo or any of the other 30-Day-Blog-Challenges, I’ve decided to take on Picture Book Month as my own personal blogging challenge–I will highlight one book a day that goes along with the theme for that day, in addition to my regular blogging.  Join me for Picture Book Month and share your favorite picture books!

November 17, 2011
Theme: Jungle

Rumble in the Jungle, written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by David Wojtowycz

I read this book during a lesson for K-2nd graders when I was a school librarian.  It was such a fun read that I kept it in my desk to pull out when I needed an emergency read-aloud (it happened, trust me!).  Each jungle animal is given a page and a fun poem; the poems are silly but really engaged the attention of the kids.  The illustrations are exuberant and definitely captured the imagination of my audience.  Just an all-around fun book to read in a sing-songy voice.

As I recall, I read this as an introduction to a lesson on alphabetizing using animals.   I had a cloth bag of plastic jungle animals (the big kind, so everyone could see), and students would come up one at a time to close their eyes, pull out an animal, and then find the animal in a Jungle ABC book I had displayed on an easel.  As each animal was pulled out of the bag, we arranged them in ABC order.  The kids loved pulling out the animals and arranging them on the table; I just loved it when I tricked kids into practicing a skill!

What’s your favorite Jungle picture book?

Tune in tomorrow for the next picture book, and check out Picture Book Month’s website too!


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