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:

Watermelon Art-

Easy Watermelon Art

Easy-peasy art project. (idea from happytoddlerplaytime.com)

  • Red construction paper
  • Green construction paper
  • glue
  • black paint
  • clothespin
  • pompom

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!

Picture of construction paper watermelon with black dot seeds.
Pom-Pom Stamped “seeds” on Construction Paper “watermelon”

Bug Craft

Inspiration for this craft came from picture on following site:


Construction Paper Critters

BEST Activity Idea- HAVE A PICNIC!

-Flashback Photos- My Daughter’s Kindergarten Teddy Bear 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 NewsJeff Mack
Max and Marla are Having a PicnicAlexandra Boiger
Picnic with OliverMika Song
The Pickwicks’ PicnicCarol Brendler
The Lost PicnicB B Cronin
The Simples Love a PicnicJ C Phillipps
PicnicJohn Burningham
Poppy and Max and the River PicnicSally Grindley
The Bunnies’ PicnicLezlie Evans
The Goblin’s PicnicJohnathan Reed 
The Best Picnic EverClare Jarrett
Mother Bear’s PicnicElse Holmelund Minarik
We’re Going on a PicnicPat Hutchins
PicnicMick Inkpen
The Teddy Bears’ PicnicJimmy Kennedy
We Had a Picnic This Sunday PastJacqueline Woodson
Picnic at Mudsock MeadowPatricia Placco
The PicnicRuth Brown
Picnic With PigginsJane Yolen
A Day on Skates: They Story of a Dutch PicnicHilda Van Stockum
Gulp, GobbleMarilyn Singer
Pig & Goose and the First Day of SpringRebecca Bond
What this Story Needs is a Munch and a CrunchEmma J Virjan
Most Perfect SpotDiane Goode
One Hundred Hungry AntsElinor J Pinczes
Ready for AnythingKeiko Kasza
Duck and Hippo Lost and FoundJonathan London
Great Picnic Books

Jamie Bills