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Mary Had A Little Lizard

“Mary Had A Little Lizard”

Best friends Mary and Lizard do everything together. When school starts, Lizard grabs his collar and leash.

But Lizard is not allowed to go to school with Mary. When he sees Mary’s open backpack, he sneaks inside.

And surprises Mary.

At school, Mary hides Lizard in her cubby but Lizard has other plans. Classroom chaos soon ensues.

Read this wordless picture book to find out what happens next.

This book promotes the creative component of originality.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the author/illustrator Kayla Harren does such a great job of storytelling through her expressive characters and clever take on the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

TITLE: Mary Had A Little Lizard

AUTHOR: Kayla Harren


PUBLISHER: Sky Pony Press, 2017


TOPIC(S): going to school, friendship



1) Rewrite your own version of a nursery rhyme such as Humpty Dumpty. Think about changing the setting, switching one of the characters or altering the final outcome.

2) Lizard and Mary loved painting. Create handprint art. Dab the palm and fingers of your hand with paint. Then press onto a blank sheet of paper. When your print has dried, add other elements to it to change it into something else like a spider or fish or even a lizard.


To learn more about author/illustrator Kayla Harren, visit:


Before After

“Before After”

Before After, a wordless book of opposites, elevates opposite storytelling to another level. This book gives readers pause to think as they digest the cause and effect relationship between the before and after pictures.

This nice thick book offers lots of pairings to explore.

This book promotes creative components of nature, cause and effect, and originality.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it is not your typical opposite book and makes readers think about what happened that caused the after picture. This book would provide great discussions between child and caregiver as they read the pictures together.

TITLE: Before After

ILLUSTRATORS: Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Arégui 

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2014


TOPIC(S): cause and effect

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: original, nature


1) Draw a picture of one of your favorite things in nature. This will be your before picture. Think about what different things can happen to your nature item. Pick one and draw your after picture. Share with a friend.

2) Let’s work backwards or do the reverse by first drawing the after picture and then drawing the before picture of another favorite nature item.

3) Pick a plant, animal, or tree. Next draw its life cycle in stages.


To learn more about author Anne-Margot Ramstein, visit:


To learn more about illustrator Matthias Arégui, visit: 


Once Upon A Banana

Once Upon A Banana”

Rhyming street signs pair with fun illustrations to tell a rollicking trouble-causing adventure in this wordless picture book, Once Upon A Banana. The catastrophe starts when a runaway monkey escapes from his trainer. The monkey throws his banana peel on the sidewalk instead of placing it in the trash as the sign states.

Someone slips on the peel, knocks over a ladder, causing the painter to fall into a cart, which leads to…

and leads to…

and leads to……

This book promotes creativeness, cause and effect relationships and imagination.

TITLE: Once Upon A Banana

AUTHOR: Jennifer Armstrong


PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative, imaginative, cause and effect relationships


1) Make a list of all the signs you see around town. Invent two signs of your own. Make them rhyme with each other.

2) Like the problem in the book, someone slipping on a banana peel causing an entire town to turn upside-down, use the idiom “it’s raining cats and dogs” as the problem in your story. Imagine what might happen and then write a story.


To learn more about author Jennifer Armstrong, visit:


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