A crime has happened! Each time the thief commits another crime, the stolen item gets replaced with a rhyming item.
This fun caper introduces young readers into the world of rhyme.
But what happens when the thief comes across a word that doesn’t rhyme with another word? Will the thief get caught?
This book promotes imagination, creativity and humor.
TITLE: Rhyme Crime
AUTHOR: Jon Burgerman
ILLUSTRATOR: Jon Burgerman
PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018
AGE GROUP: 4-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, creativity, humor
1) Create two scenes that could be added to this story. Create a character that wears a coat. Think of words that rhyme with coat. Choose one of the words to replace coat. Draw the new scene with your new word.
2) Make a list of things that you might find in a school backpack. Next to each word, write a rhyming word. Give your list of rhyming words to a partner and have him or her guess what the original item was.
To learn more about author/illustrator Jon Burgerman, visit:
Creative Thinking Prompt: Doughnuts!
Yummy! Today is National Doughnut Day!
Imagine you are the Lochness Monster, a centaur, a mermaid or a unicorn enjoying a delicious doughnut. What part of that doughnut do you enjoy eating the most? The flavor, the frosting, what’s inside the doughnut, etc.
Create a new doughnut for an imaginary creature.
What will the flavor be? How does the flavor connect to your creature?
What type of frosting or glaze will you use?
What will the shape of your doughnut be – a fritter, a jelly-filled, a cake, a longjohn, or something else?
What decorations will you add?
What will you name your new creation?
Did you know that the doughnut was created on a ship? Read The Hole Story of the Doughnut, a picture book written by Pat Miller, to learn how the doughnut came into existence.
“Stardines: Swim High Across The Sky And Other Poems”
PoetJack Prelutsky combines his love of words and his creativity to produce a new collection of never before seen specimens. Come meet the Bluffaloes, the Swapitis, the Fountain Lions, the Slobsters and twelve other new creatures.
This book promotes creativity, combination, originality, and imagination.
TITLE: Stardines: Swim High Across The Sky And Other Poems
AUTHOR: Jack Prelutsky
ILLUSTRATOR: Carin Berger
PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2012
AGE GROUP: 6-9
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, combination, originality, imagination
1) Open a dictionary to a random page. Close your eyes and place your finger somewhere on the page. Write down the word and its definition closest to your finger. Repeat this process. Re-read the definitions of your two words. What images come to mind? How might you pair these together? Invent a new species from combining your two words. Give your species a name. Write a poem describing your creature.
2) Create a class book of these new species. OR Have students develop their species into 3D specimens that can be displayed as a classroom exhibit.
To learn more about author Jack Prelutsky, visit:
To learn more about illustrator Carin Berger, visit: