Read Together: Knuffle Bunny Too #1

  • friend
  • knuffle
  • special

MA Standards:

Literature/RL.PK.MA.6: With prompting and support, “read” the illustrations in a picture book by describing a character or place depicted, or by telling how a sequence of events unfolds.
Literature/RL.PK.MA.9: With prompting and support, make connections between a story or poem and one’s own experiences.

Head Start Outcomes:

Language Development/Receptive Language 2: Comprehends increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.
Literacy Knowledge/Book Appreciation & Knowledge 2: Recognizes how books are read, such as front-to-back and one page at a time, and recognizes basic characteristics, such as title, author, and illustrator.

Literacy Knowledge/Book Appreciation & Knowledge 3: Asks and answers questions and makes comments about print materials.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts 6: Listen to a wide variety of age appropriate literature read aloud.
English Language Arts 10: Engage actively in read-aloud activities by asking questions, offering ideas, predicting or retelling important parts of a story or informational book.
English Language Arts 13: Relate themes and information in books to personal experiences.

Read Together: Knuffle Bunny Too #1

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Hold up the book Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems and read the title and the author. Tell children the author explains that the word knuffle is a Dutch word that means “snuggle.”

Ask children to describe what they see on the cover. Point to each word as you read aloud the title.

Then point to the stuffed animal and ask children if any of them have a special toy that they like to snuggle with or bring with them when they go to a new place. Ask, How does it make you feel when you have your special toy with you?

For this reading, do a picture walk with children. Pause as you talk about the illustrations and ask questions such as,

  • Who do you think the little girl is walking with? Where do you think she is going?
  • Why do you think the girl is carrying her stuffed animal? Can a stuffed animal be a friend? (yes!)
  • What do you think the big building with the flag is? Why do you think that?
  • Does this school look like our school? Can you point to something that is the same? Different?
  • Why do you think the teacher took the bunnies away from the girls?
  • Do you think the girls are going to be friends? Why do you think that?

Record predictions on a sheet of chart paper so you can return to them after children have listened to the story.

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