Happy Daylight Savings Day!
Today is also know as Zero Tasking Day, because this is the day an hour is being given back to those who lost an hour in the spring. What will you do with your extra hour today? Here are a few picture book ideas of what to do with your extra time.
DK Lift the Flap: Time written and illustrated by Anne Millard (2002)
Preschoolers learn about time and what to do at different times of the day, by lifting the flaps on each page. At night, we see the moon, owls, and bats. In the morning we see animals waking up and eat breakfast. There’s playtime and time for lunch. Then dinner time and bedtime. Little ones use pictures to organize their day.
Llama, Llama Time to Share written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney (2012)
Llama Llama’s mother invites Mrs. Gnu and her two children over for a play date. While the mothers have tea in the kitchen Llama Llama and Nelly Gnu play in the other room. Llama Llama shares his blocks, but when Nelly wants his doll, Fuzzy Llama, Lllama Llama gets upset. He snatches the doll away and tears off Fuzzy’s arm. Mama stitches up Fuzzy’s arm, but puts him on the stairs until Llama Llama learns to share. Nelly and Llama apologize for their bad behavior and try playing together. Things are going pretty well and Llama Llama decides it’s time to share. So he gets Fuzzy off the stairs and shares with Nelly. When it’s time for Nelly and Mrs. Gnu and baby Gnu to go home, Llama Llama and Fuzzy wave goodbye and ask them to come back and share again.
Anansi’s Party Time written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Janet Stevens (2008)
Turtle had played a trick on Anansi the spider a very long time ago. Anansi waited a very long time to pay him back with his own trick. Anansi invited Turtle to a party at his house. It took Turtle a very long time to get there. When he arrived, Anansi sent him home to get a costume. It took Turtle a very long time to get home, an even longer time to choose a costume, and a very long time to return to Anansi’s house. When he finally arrived wearing a costume, Anansi sent him home to get a dish. It took Turtle a very long time to get back home and get a dish and a very long time to return to Anansi’s house. When he finally arrived wearing a costume and with a dish, Anansi sent him home to put food on the dish. It took Turtle a very long time to return home, an even longer time to make his favorite treat to put on the dish, and a very long time to return to Anansi’s house. When he finally arrived at Anansi’s house wearing a costume and with a treat to share on his dish, Anansi announced that it was too late and the party was over. Anansi took the treat and sent Turtle home empty-handed. As Turtle turned to go home, he heard Anansi laughing behind the door. Turtle knew he had been tricked. Turtle waited for a very long time and invited Anansi to a party at his house. Anansi, forgetting his earlier trick, was happy to go to Turtle’s house. But Turtle lived in the river underwater and Anansi couldn’t swim, he just floated on the surface of the water. Finally Anansi saw Crab and asked Crab to take him to the bottom of the river. Anansi held onto Crab so he wouldn’t float away. But because he had to hold onto Crab, Anansi couldn’t eat or enjoy the party. Feeling sorry for him, Turtle played a guessing game. Anansi won the game and the prize was a bunch of balloons which floated him out of the river and all the way to the moon, where you can still him today.