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Specific Novel & Picture Book Activities - "K"


King Bidgood's in the Bathtub

by Audrey & Don Wood

readability grade 1, read aloud kindergarten

A kingdom is in disarray because their king is in the bathtub and he will not get out! Many of the king's servants and friends try to lure him out with activities such as meals, battles, and fishing but to no avail. The king will do whatever he wants...as long as they do it in the bathtub with him. As the adults hover around, a child, much to everyone's surprise, ends up saving the kingdom with an easy solution. This book is a brightly illustrated hilarious portrayal of the Middle Ages. It is a great read-aloud book for the little ones since it is one of them who solves an adult problem.

Make a crown - What you need:

What to do:

  1. Lay out the tagboard strips, this will be the base of the crown.
  2. Decorate the crown.
  3. Wrap the crown around your head and staple the ends of it together when it feels comfortable.


Koala Lou

by Mem Fox

readability 2, read aloud kindergarten

Koala Lou forgets how much her mother loves her as new children are born into the family. So to "regain" her mother's love she decides to win the gum tree climbing event at the Bush Olympics. The thought of her mother saying "Koala Lou, I DO love you." keeps her going through the rigorous training and finally she is ready for the race. Will she win the race and and her mother's love? This is touching story with emotion filled pictures that reminds us all the power of unconditional love.

There are many drawings of animals in this book that only live in Australia. Identify the "strange" animals and visit an on-line zoo. Draw pictures of your favourites.