Spike, the Mixed-Up Monster by Susan Hood. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. A Paula Wiseman Book / Simon & Schuster, 2012
1. Do you think Spike is a monster? Why/why not?
2. What are ways Spike tries to act like a monster? (Let’s be monsters ourselves–swoosh, bare teeth, etc)
3. Let’s look again at the photographs of animals at the end of the story. What are some ways they are different than the animals in the illustrations? What are some ways they are the same?
Oh, No! by Candace Fleming. Illustrated by Eric Rohmann. Schwartz & Wade, 2012
1. Name some of the animals that fall into the hole in the story. Why do you think Tiger wants to get the animals out of the hole?
2. Would you help tiger out of the hole? Why or why not?
3. How do you think it would feel to be stuck in a hole?
Alfie Is Not Afraid by Patricia Carlin. Disney / Hyperion, 2012
1. Do YOU think Alfie is afraid? Why or why not ?(Ask them to point out evidence in book)
2. How can you tell the difference between what the boy is saying and what Alfie is really feeling?
3. What kinds of things are you afraid of?
Poems to pair from Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007:
“My Sister” by Margaret Mahy, p. 40
“In Bed with Cuddly Creatures” by Wes Magee, p. 89
“No Need to Light a Night-Light” by Anonymous, p. 100