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Even More Bedtime Stories With Mo Willems

Hello Readers!

I was at the library the other day and I found the third installment of Knuffle Bunny. It’s called Knuffle Bunny Free and it’s just as witty and heartwarming as the first two. I may be a grown-up, but I was super excited to discover there was another bunny book. I’ve been reading the other two installments to my students for years and I get a real kick out of them.

In this installment, Trixie goes on a family trip to visit her grandparents in Holland. She, her parents, and Knuffle Bunny board an airplane and settle in for a long flight. Once they’ve landed there’s great excitement when everyone is reunited. After the hoopla dies down, Trixie realizes something. I’m sure by now you know what it is that she realizes, but you’re going to have to read the book to find out if you’re correct.

After you’ve read all three books, you and your child could do a character study of Trixie. Discuss how she changed over the course of the trilogy: the things that she learned, how she dealt with the loss of Knuffle Bunny, the difference in her physical appearance. If you go on Pinterest, I’m sure you’ll find a ton of fun ideas for each and every Knuffle Bunny book.I hope these book reviews have given you a starting point into exploring the wonderful world of literature with your child. Please share any comments or ideas you have to expand on this topic.

Other books by Mo Willems:

 

Family Event: Multi-Author Book Signing

Tomorrow at The Sand’s Outlets in Bethlehem there will be a multi-author book signing from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Come on out and support local authors from every genre. It’s family friendly and best of all you get to meet and greet the authors. This is one of the best ways to promote a love of literature with your child. The authors sign each copy and even pose for photographs. What a great back-to-school event to share with the teacher and the class. With a book purchase, you get a coupon booklet for discounts to the outlets and the Music Festival is there this weekend, too.

I’ll be there selling my middle-grade novel Chris Kringle’s Cops: The First Mission and promoting my picture book Kamyla Chung and the Creepy Crawlies due for release on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Bookshop on August 20, 2017.

You never know what you’ll find, so don’t miss out. I hope to see you there tomorrow!

More Bedtime Stories With Mo Willems

If you enjoyed reading Knuffle Bunny with your child then you must read the hilarious sequel Knuffle Bunny, Too. In this installment, the Knuffle Bunny drama continues as Trixie takes her one-of-a-kind bunny to Pre-Kindergarten and discovers that her bunny isn’t so unique. A classmate named Sonja has a bunny that looks almost the same as Trixie’s.

The two little girls develop an instant rivalry, arguing over the pronunciation of Knuffle Bunny, until the teacher takes both bunnies away and returns them to the girls at the end of the school day. Of course there is a problem that ensues with the bunnies, but I won’t spoil the ending. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens.

After you’ve finished reading both books have a post-reading conversation about them with your child. Lay both books in front of you and discuss the elements that are the same and different about the books. For example, Trixie is on the front cover of both books, but in one she is a baby and in the other she’s a little older. Let your child explore the pages of each book and analyze what they see. You will be surprised at some of the insight they have.

Words Can Be Fun – Nutty Notes and other Silly Sentences

Wonderful Whimsical Words

Angel Kiss, Lemon Drop
Little Miss, Soda Pop
A spider spins a web of silk,
A cookie’s favorite friend is milk.

Rocking Horse, Fairy Dust
Magic Force, Pizza Crust
Babies, toddlers, girls and boys,
Santa’s elves make lots of toys.

Unicorn, Teddy Bear
Early Morn, Dragon’s Lair
A pirate’s chest is filled with gold,
A princess can be brave and bold.

Children Play, Bells Chime
Saturday, Bed Time
A ticking clock goes round and round,
A whisper is a soft, soft sound.

Corn Starch, Halloween
Month of March, King and Queen
Every baseball needs a bat,
A cowboy wears a big, round hat.

Carousel, Pocket Book
Wishing Well, Swedish Cook
Pigs say oink and cows say moo,
A crying ghost says boo-hoo.

Scrambled Eggs, Talking Lizards
Chicken Legs, Wacky Wizards
Lords and ladies liked to dance,
shorts are just really small pants.

Pot of Gold, Wheat and Rye
It’s Time To Say Good-Bye,
Before our rhyme is all done,
It’s your turn to make up one.
Have fun!

Bedtime Stories and Stuffed Animals

Most parents carry on the tried and true tradition of reading to their child before he goes to bed at night, but sharing a story is more than a nighttime ritual. Reading to your child at anytime of day is beneficial; it promotes a positive attitude toward books, it builds fluency and it develops vocabulary. Pairing the reading with a tangible object your child can hold while you read together adds to the emotional connection and emotional memory your child will develop for reading.

One of my favorite picture books to read is Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems.

Through a mixed medium of photography and animated illustration, Mr. Willems has created a comical story that every parent can relate to, a child losing their favorite toy and the tears and frustration that follow until the treasured ‘lovey’ is found.

Kohl’s through the Kohl’s Cares program is now selling Mo Willems’ book characters and Knuffle Bunny is one of them. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy some reading time with your little one than by snuggling up with Knuffle Bunny and reading the book together. After you’ve read the book to your child, encourage her to ‘read’ or re-tell it to Knuffle Bunny. What a wonderful way to reinforce language development and a lifelong love of reading.