Today I’m beginning a new series of posts to review and recommend some other animal books you and your kids might enjoy reading. Don’t worry! I will still be writing about the Burgess books, but there are so many wonderful children’s stories about animals that are worthy of sharing. Some of these posts will include classics from years past and some will be more recent publications. Whether you love certain books from your childhood or are looking for new ones to introduce to your child or in the classroom, I hope to provide you with more ideas to encourage and grow the animal lover in our children’s hearts (as well as our own!).
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Title: Frog and Toad Storybook Collection
Author: Arnold Lobel
Age Range: 4-8 years
Grade Level: PreK-3
No doubt you’ve heard of or already own the Frog and Toad books written by Arnold Lobel. This series of four books was republished into a treasury volume in 2013. The books include: Frog and Toad are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, Days with Frog and Toad, and Frog and Toad All Year (each are also sold separately on Amazon).
Frog and Toad are best friends. Frog is upbeat and optimistic while Toad tends to be grumpier and more of a worrier. The books contain five chapters, each a story about Frog and Toad’s adventures and friendship. Their days together include things like sledding, gardening, a lost button, swimming, looking for spring, eating cookies, and much more! Geared toward a younger audience, this series has been a favorite of generations since their original publication in the early 1970’s.
I absolutely adored these books as a kid and introduced them early to my own kids. We have the audio version so we can listen in the car on long trips. They love these stories!
Frog and Toad books include many opportunities to add character trait development into your reading lessons. I’ve mentioned some samples below (italicized words are the names of the chapters):
- Kindness – The Surprise: Frog secretly rakes up the leaves in Toad’s yard while Toad does the same in Frog’s yard. By the time they both come back home, the wind has blown all the leaves out of the pile and across their yards again. Each one feels so glad the other will be surprised they won’t have to rake.
- Orderliness – A List: Toad writes a list of all the things he wants to get done that day.
- Patience – The Garden: Frog and Toad plant some seeds and Toad does all sorts of things to try and make them grow. With Frog’s help he soon realizes patience was the most important part!
- Self Control – Cookies: Toad bakes some cookies and shares them with Frog. Neither of them can stop eating them so they try hiding them in order to avoid temptation.
- Bravery – Dragons and Giants: Frog and Toad attempt to be brave by going out into the world and experiencing new things.
- Tidiness – Tomorrow: Toad wants to rest but after realizing that there are many things to clean in his home, he decides it’s best to get them done and not procrastinate.
- Acceptance/Uniqueness – A Swim: Toad wears a bathing suit to go swimming with Frog but is embarrassed when other animals want to see him in it. They won’t give up so Toad gets out of the water and they all laugh. He agrees with them that he does look silly, but by this point he has accepted it.
Resources for Teaching
- Frog and Toad activity ideas
- Coloring pages
- “A Swim” activity sheet
- 25 Frog and Toad ideas and activities
- Frog sensory bin
- Smartboard activities
- Frog and Toad are Friends literature trifold
- Lesson plan ideas
- Paper Plate Frog Craft
- Paper Bag Frog and Toad Puppets
Frog and Toad Videos for Kids