Teddy Bear Picnic Day was on July 17th. This inspired me to check out picnic books at the library. I found 27! Here are my top 6 recommendations. (pictures link to Amazon, downloadable PDF library list below)-
Picnic Picture Book Recommendations
The Teddy Bears’ Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy. Classic book. This song (words of song make up book) has inspired themed picnics and a holiday. What could be cuter than a day in the forest where teddy bears gather to have a picnic? The illustrations are adorable.
Ready for Anything! by Keiko Kasza. I love this author. In this story Duck and Raccoon are supposed to go on a picnic but raccoon starts worrying about what could go wrong. He decides it is best to stay home. Duck helps him turn those worries around and think about what could go right.
One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J Pinczes. Rhyming story about 100 ants heading towards a picnic. The smallest ant keeps changing up line formations to increase speed to the picnic. Will his tactics work? Great story.
Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack. This story only uses the words “Good News, Bad News”, but surprisingly it is is very expressive and engaging.
Picnic with Oliver by Mika Song. In this story Cat and mouse head out for a picnic. While Cat sets up the picnic, Mouse takes a paper boat on the pond. When a storm rolls in, Mouse is in trouble. Will Cat be able to help his friend?
We’re Going on a Picnic! by Pat Hutchins. Hen, Duck and Goose are going on a picnic. They all pack their favorite fruits and set out to find the perfect picnic spot. While searching, local critters swipe fruit from their basket until the basket ends up empty. What will they do with an empty picnic basket?
Downloadable Library List with Picnic Picture Book Recommendations-
More PICNIC Fun:
Easy-peasy art project. (idea from happytoddlerplaytime.com)
- Red construction paper
- Green construction paper
- black paint
Depending on the age of your kiddo, you can decide if you want to cut out watermelon shape (green and red) or let them do it themselves.
Glue red watermelon on green. Then use the pompom clamped in the clothespin as a “seed” stamp. Let your kiddo add black paint seeds to the watermelon.
Finally, place in a safe place to dry. Voila!
Inspiration for this craft came from picture on following site:
BEST Activity Idea- HAVE A PICNIC!
Teddy bear or no teddy bear. Packed from home or pick up fast food. It doesn’t matter at all, just pack a picnic and get out there together. Picnics are special.
Full list of books about Picnics
If you are interested in reading additional picture books about picnics or if you are just wondering what I read, here is the list.
|Good News, Bad News||Jeff Mack|
|Max and Marla are Having a Picnic||Alexandra Boiger|
|Picnic with Oliver||Mika Song|
|The Pickwicks’ Picnic||Carol Brendler|
|The Lost Picnic||B B Cronin|
|The Simples Love a Picnic||J C Phillipps|
|Poppy and Max and the River Picnic||Sally Grindley|
|The Bunnies’ Picnic||Lezlie Evans|
|The Goblin’s Picnic||Johnathan Reed|
|The Best Picnic Ever||Clare Jarrett|
|Mother Bear’s Picnic||Else Holmelund Minarik|
|We’re Going on a Picnic||Pat Hutchins|
|The Teddy Bears’ Picnic||Jimmy Kennedy|
|We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past||Jacqueline Woodson|
|Picnic at Mudsock Meadow||Patricia Placco|
|The Picnic||Ruth Brown|
|Picnic With Piggins||Jane Yolen|
|A Day on Skates: They Story of a Dutch Picnic||Hilda Van Stockum|
|Gulp, Gobble||Marilyn Singer|
|Pig & Goose and the First Day of Spring||Rebecca Bond|
|What this Story Needs is a Munch and a Crunch||Emma J Virjan|
|Most Perfect Spot||Diane Goode|
|One Hundred Hungry Ants||Elinor J Pinczes|
|Ready for Anything||Keiko Kasza|
|Duck and Hippo Lost and Found||Jonathan London|