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Animals
 
Alligators/Crocodiles

 

There’s an alligator under my bed by Mercer Mayer

What time is it? Mr Crocodile by Judy Sierra

Guji Guji by Chen

Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra

 

Animals (variety)
Books
Silly Suzy Goose by Petr Horacek
 
Animal Babies & Mothers
Books
Babies on the Go by Linda Ashman
Where's My Mom by Julia Donaldson
Kiss Kiss by Margaret Wild
Mommy Mine by Tim Warnes
Fingerplays
Itsy Bitsy Monkey
Hopping Kangaroo
Craft: Mother's Day Card
Animals on the Move
Books
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort
Don't Take Your Snake for a Stroll by Karen Ireland
Finklehopper Frog by Ireme Livingston
 
Bears
Books
I'll Tell You What They Say by Anna Grossnickle Hines (teddy bears)
Teddy Bear's Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy
Ragged Bear by Brigitte Weninger
Clap Your Hands by Ellward (teddy bears)
Mama's Little Bears by Nancy Tafuri
Where's My Teddy by Jez Alborough
The Bear Came Over to My House by Rick Walton
Brave Bear by Kathy Mallat
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear by Michael Hague
One Little Teddy Bear by Mark Burgess
Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson (winter bears)
Stay Awake, Bear! by Gavin Bishop (winter bears)
When Will It Be Spring? by Catherine Walters (winter bears)
Copy Me, Copycub by Richard Edwards (winter bears)
Fingerplays
The Bear Went Over the Mountain
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
 
Dogs
Books
Fun Dog, Sun Dog by Deborah Heiligman
Officer Buckle & Gloria
Harry the Dirty Dog
Ten Dogs in the Window
Hondo and Fabian
No, No, Titus! by Clarie Masural
Hunkey Dory Ate It by Katie Evans
Spot's Birthday Party by Eric Hill
Bad Dog, Marley! by John Grogan
Angus and the Ducks by Marjorie Flack
Harry and Lulu by Arthur Yorinks
Fingerplays
B-I-N-G-O (use magnet board)
Brownie
Five Puppies
Do Your Ears Hang Low
Ducks
Books
Webster J. Duck by Martin Waddell
Just Ducky by Kathy Mallet
Ducks Like to Swim by Agnes Verboven
Do Like A Duck Does by Judy Hindley
10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
Duck Soup
5 Little Ducks
Guji Guji
Little One Step
 
Fingerplays
Five Little Ducks
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Little Ducklings
Elephants
Books
Just a Little Bit by Ann Tompert
The Way Home by Judith Benet Richardson
One Day in the Jungle by Colin West
Splash! by Flora McDonnell
The Hubbub Above by Arthur Howard
The Elephant's Wrestling Match by Judy Sierra
Peanut Butter and Jelly: A Play Rhyme by Nadine Westcott
Fingerplays
The Elephant Goes
Elephant Walk
Elephant, Elephant in the Zoo
One Little Elephant
Farm Animals
Books
Cock-A-Moo-Moo by Juliet Dallas-Conte
How BIg is a Pig? by Clare Beaton
Old MacDonald Had A Farm by Nancy Hellen
Old MacDonald Had A Woodshop by Lisa Shulman
Good Morning, Chick by Mirra Ginsburg
Spots, Feathers and Curly Tails by Nancy Tafuri
Hungry Hen by Richard Waring
The Cow Buzzed by Andrea Zimmerman
Young McDonald by David Milgrim
Skip to my Lou by Nadine Westcott
Fingerplays
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Little Boy Blue
Take Me Out to the Barnyard
Here We Go Round the Big Red Barn
The Cows on the Farm
Clippity-Clop
All Around the Farmyard
Frogs
Books
Over in the meadow by Ezra Jack Keats
Jump, Frog, Jump by Robert Kalan
In the Middle of the Puddle by Mike Thaler
A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson
Finklehopper Frog by Irene Livingston
The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner
Fingerplays
Five Speckled Frogs
Freddy the Green Frog
Mr. Bullfrog
Animals
Hippos
Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson
Hiding Horatio by Udo Weigelt
Am I Beautiful? by Else Holmelund Minarik
Musical Max by Robert Kraus
Snarlyhissopus
Insects
Books
Little Bug by Dick Gackenbach
A House of Leaves by Kiyoshi Soya
The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
Big bad bully bug
Bug surprise in the bug tank
 
Fingerplays
Big Bugs, Small Bugs
Fuzzy Little Caterpillar
Jungle Animals
If You're Happy and You Know It: Jungle Edition by James Warhola
Roar! by Margaret Mayo
Monkeys
Books
Five Little Monkeys Wash The Car by Eileen Christelow
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Birthday Zoo by Deborah Lee Rose (has lots of animals)
Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra
Little Monkey Says Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul
If you're Happy and You Know It: Jungle Edition
Fingerplays
Five Little Monkeys
Itsy Bitsy Monkey
The Animals in the Jungle
Old MacDonald Had A Farm
Young MacDonald by David Milgrim
Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini
Pigs
Books
The Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz
The Long Nosed Pig by Keith Faulkner
The Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell

If You Give A Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas

How Big is A Pig by Clare Beaton

Fingerplays
Piggy Wig and Piggy Wee
Piggy in the Barn
Two Mother Pigs
Rabbits
Books
Flora's Blanket
Night Rabbits
Runaway Bunny
Max's Chocolate Chicken (Easter)
Rabbit Soup by John Segal
We're Rabbits!
The Enormous Carrot
Little Bunny Foo-Foo
Fingerplay
I'm a Little Rabbit
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear - changing it to "Bunny Rabbit, Bunny Rabbit"
Rhinoceros

 

A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester

Who wants a cheap Rhinoceros? By Shel Silverstein

Don’t Take Your Snake for a Stroll by Ireland, Karin

Great Uncle Felix by Denys Cazet

Snakes
Books
I need a snake
Verdi
Slithery Jake
Snake Alley Band
Don't Take Your Snake for a Stroll
Stanley mows the lawn
Fingerplay
The Animals in the Jungle
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor

Authors

Eric Carle

Kevin Henke

Dr. Seuss

Books
Mr. Brown can Moo! Can you?
The Cat in the Hat
My Many Colored Days
The Foot Book

Fingerplays
Animals
Colors

Rosemary Wells

Books
Noisy Nora
Felix Feels Better
Max's Bedtime
Fingerplays
I Have A Little Bunny

Holidays/Seasons

 
Autumn
Books
The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
Jeb Scarecrow's Pumpkin Patch by Jana Dillon
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
Ska-tat! by Kimberley Knutson
Fingerplays
Let's Build a Scarecrow w/felt board
Leaves are falling
Birthdays
Books
The Barn Party by Nancy Tafuri
Oliver's Birthday by Marilee Robin Burton
Spot's Birthday by Eric Hill
Snail's birthday
Oscar's half birthday
Fingerplays
Birthday Candles
December Holidays (Xmas, Hannukah, Zwanzaa)
Books
Hooray for Hanukkah by Fran Manushkin
My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz
Was That Christmas? by Hilary McKay
Merry Christmas Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
The Mouse Before Christmas
Bear's Christmas Star
Fingerplays
Little Candles
Beat Your Drums
Old St Nicholas (magnet board)
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Easter
Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Here Comes T-Rex Cottontail by Lois G. Grambling
Bently & Egg by William Joyce
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More
see also Rabbits
 
Halloween/Monsters
Books
Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo
The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler
How Scary! by Bernard Lodge (number book)
Five Little Pumpkins by Irish Van Rynbach
Brooms Are For Flying by Michael Rex
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly
Monster Math by Anne Miranda
Woo! the Not So Scary Ghost by Ana Martin Larranaga
Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
Seven Scary Monsters by Mary Beth Lundgren
Who is your favorite monster, mama? by Barbara Shook Hazen
Fingerplay
Five Little Ghosts (magnet board)
Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Monster, Monster
Do You Hear A Monster?
Independence Day
Books
The Fourth of July by Cynthia Fitterer Klingel (Non-fiction)
The Fourth of July by Kathryn Kyle
Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer
Happy Birthday America!  by Marsha Wilson Chall (a bit too long)
Happy Birthday America by Mary Pope Osborne
This Land is Your Land by Woodie Guthrie (song)
America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates (song)
Fingerplay
Stars and Stripes
Craft - flag: on white paper flag template glue on red stripes and color blue square, tape to stick
Mother's Day
Who is your favorite monster, mama? by Barbara Shook Hazen
Mother, mother, I want another!
Is Your Mama a Llama by Deborah Guarino
I Will Kiss You (Lots & Lots & Lots!) by Stoo Hample
Rain
Books
Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray
Rain Song by Lezlie Evans
Soggy Saturday by Phyllis Root
Fingerplay
I Hear Thunder
Snowmen
Books
The The Flaky Frosty Morning by Karla Kuskin
The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler
The Snow Bear by Miriam Moss
Midnight Snowman by Caroline Feller Bauer
Fingerplays
I'm a Friendly Snowman
Little Snowflakes
Spring
Books

My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Possum and the Peeper by Anne Hunter

Mud by Mary Lyn Ray

Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson

Fingerplay

Mr. Bullfrog (rename "Mr. Peeper")

My Spring Garden

Bears Eat Honey

Summer
Books
Beep, Beep, Let's Go by Eleanor Taylor (beach)
Sea, Sand, Me! by Patricia Hubbell (beach)
Just Grandma and me by Mercer Mayer (beach)
Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan (beach, senses)
Somewhere in the Ocean by Jennifer Ward (sea animals)
Shooting star summer
Hot city
The boy on the beach
Froggy learns to swim
Down at the bottom of the deep dark sea
Grandma summer
The Happy Hippopotami
A couple of boys have the best week ever
 
Songs
The Sea
Teasing Mr. Shark
Here is the Sea
Craft
streamer octopus (cut paper plate as head, glue on 8 streamers for legs)
 
Thanksgiving
Books
1, 2, 3 Thanksgiving by W. Nikola-Lisa
A Family Like Yours by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Feeling Thankful by Shelley Rotner
Fingerplays
I'm A Little Turkey
If You're Thankful and You Know It
Mr. Turkey Song
Valentine's Day
Books
Valentine's Day is... by Gail Gibbons
the Night Before Valentine's Day by Natasha Wing
Heart to Heart by George Shannon
If You'll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant
Mouse's First valentine by Laruen Thompson
Sweet Hearts by Jan Carr
Secret Valentine by Catherine Stock
What is Love? by Shelley Rotner
Valentine's Day by Anne Rockwell
Fingerplay
Be My Valentine
I Love Mommy/Daddy
The More We Get Together (friendship)
Little Heart
Colors for Valentine's Day
Pawpaw Patch (friends)
People
 
Babies
Books
Will you still love me? by Jean-Baptiste Baronian
The Ball Bounced by Nancy Tafuri
Whose Baby Am I? by John Butler
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
The Day the Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathmann
Pirates Don't Change Diapers by Melinda Long
When I Was Little by Jamie Lee Curtis
Fingerplays
Pat-a-cake
See the Little Baby
Family
Books
My Big Brother by Valorie Fisher
Just Like Daddy by Frank Asch
Is Your Mama a Llama by Deborah Guarino
I Will Kiss You (Lots & Lots & Lots!) by Stoo Hample (Mother's Day)
Fingerplays
The Family
Feelings
Books
When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
What Makes Me Happy by Catherine and Laurence Anholt
If You're Happy and You Know It by David A. Carter

Firefighters

Books
No Dragons for Tea by Jean Pendziwol
Daisy the Firecow by Viki Woodworth
Firebears the Rescue Team by Rhonda Gowler Greene
Poinsettia and the Firefighters by Felicia Bond
Fingerplays

Native Americans

Hiawatha's Childhood by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Turtle's Race with Beaver by Joseph Bruchac
Ten Little Rabbits by Virginia Grossman & Sylvia Long
Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Is My Friend at Home? Pueblo Fireside Tales by John Bierhorst
Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest by Gerald McDermott

Transportation

Airplanes
Books
There Was A bold Lady Who Wanted A Star by Mericle Harper
Flying by Donald Crews
Row Your Boat by Anthony Lishak (pop-up)
I Love Airplanes by Philemon Sturges
Fingerplays
The Airplane
I'm An Airplane
Driving (Car/Bus)
Books
Beep, Beep, Let's Go by Eleanor Taylor
My Car by Byron Barton
Cars At Play by Rick Walton
In The Driver's Seat by Max Haynes
The Wheels on the Bus by Paul Zelinsky
Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car by John Burningham
Mr. Little's Noisy Car by Richard Fowler
Cars! Cars! Cars! by Grace Maccarone
The Bus Stop by Nancy Hellen
Bunnies on the Go by Rick Walton
Mama Zooms by Jane Cowen-Fletcher (wheelchair)
Fingerplays
We're Riding In The Car
I'm A Little Piece of Tin
Traffic Light Song
Twinkle, Twinkle, Traffic Light
Trains

Books

I Love Trains by Philemon Sturges

Window Music by Anastasia Suen

Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown

Night Train by Caroline Stutson

Fingerplays

Engine on the Track

Choo-choo Train

The Wheels on the Train

Other Concepts
 
Art
I ain't gonna paint no more
The dot
David's drawing
 
Baseball
Hit the Ball Duck by Jez Alborough
Bedtime
The Napping House
Don't let the pigeon stay up late
Ten in a bed (song)
I am not sleepy and I will not go to bed
Go to bed monster
The prince won't go to bed
Fairies
Alice the fairy
The fairy in the dairy
The youngest fairy godmother ever
Little bunny foo foo
 
Clean and Messy/Bathtime

Books

Mrs. Potter's Pig by Phyllis Root

Ten Dirty Pigs, Ten Clean Pigs by Carol Roth

Messy Bessy by Patricia and Frederick McKissack

Max Cleans Up by Rosemary Wells

Tidy Titch by Pat Hutchins

Mommy Go Away by Jonell

Rub-A-Dub-Dub Who's In the Tub by Takabatake

Not Me! by Nigel McMullen

To Bathe a Boa by Kudrna

Hiding by Hughes

Big Red Tub by Julia Jarman

Fingerplays

Piggy Wig and Piggy Wee

Ten Little Pigs

Three Good Friends

After My Bath

Construction
Books
Building a house by Byron Barton
The Lot at the End of my Block by Kevin Lewis
Old MacDonald Had A Woodshop by Lisa Shulman
Louise Builds a House by Louse Pfanner
Construction Countdown by K.C. Olson
The House in the Meadow by Shutta Crum
Dig
Fingerplays
Building a House

Cookies

Books

The Chocolate-Covered-Cookie Tantrum by Deborah Blumenthal

Chocolate Chip Cookies by Karen Wagner

Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar by Bonnie Lass

Fingerplays

Five Little Cookies

Dressing

Ella Sarah gets dressed

Jamela's new dress

new socks

Fancy nancy

 

Eating/Food

The Trouble with Cauliflower by Jane Sutton

My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman

Pigeon finds a hotdog by Mo Willems

Eat your peas by Kes Gray

Bee-Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park

I'd really like to eat a child by Sylviane Donnio

 

Pat-a-cake

Peas porridge

5 little monkeys

Gardening (fruits/vegetables)

Books

Good Job, Oliver! by Laurel Molk

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Rock It, Sock It, Number Line by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson

The Enormous Carrot

 

Library/Books/Reading

Wild About Books by Judy Sierra

Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss

Hot City by Barbara Joosse

The Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram

Book! by Kristine O'Connell George

I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A. Kimmel

Too Many Books by Caroline Feller Bauer

I.Q. Goes to the Library by Mary Ann Fraser

Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book by Alexander Stadler

Magic

Books

The Magic Hat by Mem Fox

Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola

The Wizard by Jack Prelutsky

Maxwell's Magic Mix-Up by Linda Ashman

Milo's Hat Trick by John Agee

Quiet and Noisy

Books

Gerald McBoing Boing by Dr. Seuss

Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb

Clickety Clack by Rob and Amy Spence

Pots and Pans by Patricia Hubbell

The Hubbub Above by Arthur Howard

Fingerplays

Boom Bang!

Quiet Mouse

Bang Your Drums

Superheros

Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner

The Superhero ABC

 

Song Stories

Books

The Aunts Go Marching by Maurie Manning

She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain by Kathleen Bullock

Old MacDonald Had A Farm by Nancy Hellen

Clap Your Hands by David Ellwand

Fiddle-I-Fee by Melissa Sweet

The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort

A-Hunting We Will Go by Steven Kellogg

THe Hokey Pokey by Sheila Hamanaka

Row, Row, Row Your Goat by Bernard Most

Shoo Fly by Iza Trapani

Itsy Bitsy Spider by Jeanette Winter

If You're Happy and You Know it (pop-up) by David Carter

If You're Happy and You Know It (Jungle Edition) by James Warhola

Toys

Books

Tub Toys by Terry Miller Shannon

Olivia and the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Below by Nina Crews

Fingerplays

Tiny Turtle (related to bath time)

Here is a Bunny