It’s November already – time for a new Author of the Month! My choice for November is Lois Ehlert. She is an author and illustrator. Her illustrations are collages, and they are beautiful and creative.
Her books cover so many topics that they would work well at any time of the year. However, her fall themed books are my favorites, so I save her for November.
Here are some activities I like to use with these fall books in particular:
Boo to You! – This book is good to use at the end of October actually since it is about Halloween. Use it to accompany any fun Halloween activity!
Nuts to You! – This is a darling book about a squirrel who visits a kid’s house. Make squirrels from rolled construction paper and have kids write their own stories about their own squirrels.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf – This is a book about the life of a maple tree. Make bird feeders from bread, peanut butter or Crisco, and birdseed. There is a recipe in the back of the book. Works great except for the time one of my students ate his bird feeder on the bus on the way home from school. Oops! A not so gentle reminder that some kids may not have enough to eat at home and may need extra food from school.
Leaf Man – The illustrations in the book are some of my favorites – all kinds of animals made from fall leaves. Go on a leaf hunt. Collect leaves, acorns, etc. and have kids make their own leaf creatures.
Snowballs – So it may be a little early for snow in November, but it will be coming soon enough! This is a cute book about a bunch of different snow people. Clean out extra miscellaneous art supplies by giving kids a random assortment of “stuff” and see what snow people they can create themselves!