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The Snowman

“The Snowman”

Upon waking up, a little boy rushes outside to build a snowman. When night falls, a magical friendship develops. The boy welcomes the snowman into his home where the adventures begin – turning in and off lights, unrolling paper towel rolls, snacking on ice cubes, dressing up and skateboarding. 

In return, the snowman takes the boy outside where more adventures ensue as they fly around the world.

Author/illustrator Raymond Briggs uses 175 picture frames to tell this winter adventure tale.

This book promotes creative components of imagination, humor, and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its wordless wonder that allows the reader to picture-read this comic book style story of friendship.

TITLE: The Snowman

AUTHOR: Raymond Briggs

ILLUSTRATOR: Raymond Briggs

PUBLISHER: Random House, 1978


TOPIC(S): friendship, snowman

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, humor


1) Make a snowman using this easy salt dough recipe. Mix ¼ cup flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, and1 tablespoon of water. If it’s too dry add a little more water. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour. Scent it by adding a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. It takes a few days to dry completely.

2) What things do you do with your friends?

3) For more activities:


To learn more about author/illustrator Raymond Briggs, visit:

Animal Masquerade

“Animal Masquerade”

It’s a party! All the animals are invited but they must dress in a disguise. What will each animal dress as?

Bear decides to disguise himself as a snail. 

Snail disguises itself as a tiger. 

Butterfly dresses as  a bat.

And bat goes to the party disguised as  a big gorilla.

Can you guess what disguise the hippopotamus will dress as? See if you are right when you check out this delightful book from your library.

This 118 page picture book invites quite the party!

This book promotes creative components of imagination and discovery.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because readers can use their imaginations to imagine what the animal will dress up as while with page turns discover what the animal did dress up as.

TITLE: Animal Masquerade

AUTHOR: Marianne Dubuc

ILLUSTRATOR: Marianne Dubuc

PUBLISHER: Kids Can Press, 2012


TOPIC(S): animals, disguises

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery


1) Make an animal mask. Here are some links for inspiration.

To make a paper plate 3D animal mask:

To make a foam animal mask:

2) Pick an animal of your choice. Study how your animal moves. Now imagine yourself as that animal and create a dance the animal would do when it discovers a surprise. 

3) If you were invited to a masquerade, what animal would you disguise yourself as? Then what would that animal disguise itself as?


To learn more about author/illustrator Marianne Dubuc, visit:

Animal Camouflage

“Animal Camouflage: Search and Find”

Intro: Welcome to an animal adventure that will take you all around the world.

Inside the nature scenes of paper-cutting artist Sarah Dennis, readers will find animal characters that represent seven regions of the world. Before beginning the animal search, learn about the animals.

Now it’s time to search for the animals!

How many Asian animals did you find? Check out this book to discover additional animals from New Zealand, South America, the North Pole, and more.

This book promotes creative components of discovery and nature.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it teaches readers about animals from around the world in a playful, engaging manner.

TITLE: Animal Camouflage: Search and Find

AUTHOR: Sam Hutchinson


PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press, 2017


TOPIC(S): animals, habitats

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, nature


1) What’s your favorite animal? Spend some time researching it and its habitat. Then, using your research, draw your animal in its habitat in such a way as to hide your animal for others to search and find.

2) Try your hand at kirigami, which involves paper folding and cutting with scissors.


To learn more about author/publisher Sam Hutchinson, visit:

To learn more about paper-cutting artist Sarah Brown, visit: