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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:  https://www.handmadecharlotte.com/diy-3d-lion-mask/

To make a foam animal mask: https://hoosierhomemade.com/fall-party-for-kids-with-woodland-creature-mask-tutorial/

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:https://www.kidscanpress.com/creators/marianne-dubuc/753

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:

“A Story That Grows”

“A Story That Grows”

A Story That Grows is a bedtime story that is sure to engage young readers and prompt imaginations. 

Based on the stuffed animal that the child is holding, readers can guess, before the page is turned, who the next reading family will be.

This book promotes creative components of originality and clever storytelling.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its different perspective of telling a bedtime story and that it highlights the caring relationship between a child and caregiver.

TITLE: A Story That Grows

AUTHOR: Gilles Bachelet

ILLUSTRATOR: Gilles Bachelet

PUBLISHER: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2019

Originally published in France, 2016


TOPIC(S): bedtime, parent-child relationship

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: cleverness, originality, perspective


1) Think of three places where you might find groups of animals. (i.e. zoo, carnival) Next pick an animal from your location. Draw your animal father or mother or grandparent telling a bedtime story to an animal child. Don’t forget to add a stuffed animal that the child cuddles.

2) When you hear A Story that Grows, what images came to mind? I first thought of a vegetable that grows on a vine. Then I wondered about how a story could grow. What else could the author mean by the title, A Story that Grows? Use your imagination to write a story that grows using an image that first came to your mind.


To learn more about author/illustrator Gilles Bachelet, visit: