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Kansas Reads to Preschoolers 2014

Want a Cow Theme?

Book Ideas:

Let’s Sing A Lullaby With The Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Mrs. Wow Never Wanted A Cow by Martha Freeman
First Week At Cow School by Andy Cutbill
The Cow That Laid An Egg by Andy Cutbill
Meow Said The Cow by Emma Dodd
When Bluebell Sang by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Shamoo: A Whale Of A Cow by Ros Hill
Clancy The Courageous Cow by Lachie Hume
Moo Cow Kaboom! by Thacher Hurd
Clorinda Takes Flight by Robert Kinerk
Clorinda by Robert Kinerk
Clorinda Plays Baseball! by Robert Kinerk
The Cow On The Roof by Eric Maddern
Kiss The Cow! By Phyllis Root
When Moon Fell Down by Linda Smith
Something To Tell The Grandcows by Eileen Spinelli
Millie In The Snow by Alexander Steffensmeier
Millie Waits For The Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
Marta And The Bicycle by Germano Zullo
A Particular Cow by Mem Fox
Moo! by David Larochelle

Cow Rhymes:


  • Play “Cows” from Sandra Boynton’s Philadelphia Chickens and have the children dance
  • Make cow masks

What about a Chicken Theme?

Book Ideas:

Pip’s Trip by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Louise, The Adventures Of A Chicken by Kate DiCamillo
Chicken Big by Keith Graves
Cluck O’clock by Kes Gray
Chico The Brave by Dave Horowitz
My Life As A Chicken by Ellen A. Kelley
Tough Chicks by Cece Meng
Bawk & Roll by Tammi Sauer
Chicken Dance by Tammi Sauer
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Chickens To The Rescue by John Himmelman

Chicken Rhymes:

Or, maybe even Furniture!

Book Ideas:

What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas
John Denver’s Grandma’s Feather Bed by Christopher Canyon
One, Two, Three O’Leary by Malachy Doyle
The Goblin And The Empty Chair by Mem Fox
Is There Room On The Feather Bed? by Libba Moore Gray
My Chair by Betsy James
Little Fox by Marilyn Janovitz
Ten Little Hot Dogs by John Himmelman
Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
Froggy Goes To Bed by Jonathan London
Monster Musical Chairs by Stuart J. Murphy
Pretend by Jennifer Plecas
The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide To Fitness by Lizzy Rockwell
He Came With The Couch by David Slonim
A Chair For Baby Bear by Kaye Umansky
A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams
A Chair For Always by Vera B. Williams
Lazy Daisy, Cranky Frankie by Mary Ellen Jordan
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Bears On Chairs by Shirley Parenteau

Furniture Rhymes:


  • Bring in cushions for children to jump on and play musical chairs
  • Make an obstacle course with library furniture
  • Flannel board hiding game: have different colored couches and hide the chicken behind one of them

And there’s always Feelings!

Book Ideas:

Misery Moo by Jeanne Willis
Kiss the Cow by Phyllis Root
Boo-Hoo Moo by Margie Palatini
Lots of Feelings by Shelley Rotner
Kevin’s Big Book of Emotions by Liesbet Slegers
How Do You Feel? by Anthony Browne
Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
Yesterday I had the Blues by Jeron Ashford Frame
How Are You Peeling? By Saxton Freymann
Starring You by Genevieve Cote
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Smile by Leigh Hodgkinson
Taking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things that Make Me Happy by Scott Menchin
Pigeon Has Feelings Too
 by Mo Willems
Don’t Worry Bear by Greg E. Foley

Feeling Rhymes:


  • Talk about how the chicken feels and how the cows feel. Brainstorm ways that the chicken and the cows could make each other feel differently.
  • Match the emotion to the expression flannel board
  • Find a happy/sad optical illusion face and have children make their own

The Feelings Story Time Kit contains some of these activities, rhymes, and books.

Kansas State Library Website

The Kansas State Library has a Kansas Reads to Preschoolers 2014 page on their website! The page has links to everything from author interviews and activity ideas to promotional materials and readalike book lists!


Is Everyone Ready for Fun?

The Kansas Reads to Preschoolers committee is pleased to announce that the 2014 title is Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas. This humorous title will appeal to babies and toddlers, as well as the traditional 3- to 5-year-old preschoolers. Is Everyone Ready for Fun? has simple text and bold illustrations that feature three cows who jump, dance and wiggle their way to fun on Chicken’s sofa to Chicken’s growing frustration.

The title is published by Scholastic and the company is offering a great discount–$2.99 each for paperback copies that will be given to children. Unfortunately, the title is currently not available in Spanish or bilingual versions.

Ordering information and the event website will be available soon.

The official 2014 Kansas Reads to Preschoolers week is November 16-22. This year, the committee encourages participation throughout the month of November, so please keep track of the number of children who hear the book during the entire month. Committee members made this change in recognition of the busy time of year, and of the impact weather might have on some scheduled events.

The 2014 committee members are:

  • Jennifer Adams, Manhattan Public Library
  • Barb Bahm, Kansas Association of School Librarians, Tonganoxie School District
  • Tammie Benham, Save the Children
  • Patty Collins, Central Kansas Library System
  • Tracey DeShazo, Silver Lake Public Library
  • Anne Harris, Wichita Public Library
  • Judy Kleinsorge, Pioneer Memorial Library, Colby
  • Donna Knoell, Educational Consultant
  • Beth Nichols, Head Start of Shawnee Mission
  • Vanessa North, Coffey County Library
  • Janet Reynolds, La Cygne Library
  • Sam Sulsar, Child Care Aware of Kansas

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event that promotes reading to all Kansas children from birth through age five. Through the statewide program, parents, librarians and caregivers are encouraged to read the chosen title during a selected week and month. The program is sponsored by the State Library of Kansas.

For more information about Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, contact Anna Foote, Early Literacy/Lifelong Learning Coordinator for the State Library,, 800-432-3919.

The Kansas Reads to Preschoolers website has ideas for activities related to the book as well as celebration ideas.

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