September 16 – Collect Rocks Day

Happy Collect Rocks Day!

Rock collecting can be a lot of fun for children and adults. You can start your young reader with a rock collection book. But if that’s not your thing, be sure to check out these other picture books… they really rock!


Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! written and illustrated by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace (2009)

Buddy and Mama Bear go on a rock hunt. They follow the Blue Diamond Rock Trail at the Nature Center and learn all about some of the one hundred different types of rocks on earth. Buddy discovered smooth bedrock and learned about erosion. Then he met Roxie, a Rock Ridge Ranger, who teaches him about sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rock. Before they leave, Roxie gives Buddy a ‘Rock Star’ sticker.


If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet written by Leslie McGuirk and photographed by Denise Ritchie (2011)

This alphabet book is a collection of rocks that look like letters of the alphabet and interesting things for each letter. G is for ghosts, L is for lemon, and V is for valentines are just three of the 26 letters and objects in rock formations.


Rocks Not Happy In Sacks written by Gilbert Walking Bull and Sally Moore and illustrated by Tom Novack (2008)

Lakota sacred man, Gilbert Walking Bull, wrote this simple story about a sack of rocks he received from his friend, the rock man, in Redmond. He left the rocks int he sack and forgot about them until one day when his dog, Gimo, tore open the sack. He said Gimo ‘knows rocks not happy there’ and he thinks about the beliefs of his people that rocks are sacred. So he picks up the rocks and puts them in the flower bed near the window where he can see them. Now the rocks get sun, rain, and wind.  And he knows that the rocks are happier there.


Kindergarten Rocks! written and illustrated by Katie Davis (2005)

Dexter Dugan knows everything there is to know about kindergarten because his big sister went there once. His dog, Rufus, is an ‘eensy teensy beensy bit scared’ about going to kindergarten, but Dex’s sister tells them all about it. Dexter is worried, although he won’t admit it, and his sister has to drag him into the building and take him to his room.  Then he meets his teacher, Ms. Sugarman and finds his favorite friend from preschool, Joey. Pretty soon he is too busy to be worried.


Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears written by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Beth Coulton and illustrated by Nate Wragg (2014)

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2 Responses to “September 16 – Collect Rocks Day”

  1. Jane Heitman Healy September 16, 2014 at 8:58 AM #

    Great selections, Juliana! One of my favorite rock books is Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor, il. by Peter Parnall:


    • Juliana Lee September 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM #

      What a great link! Thank you Jane! I also love Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Good choices.


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