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Picture Book Hybrids

17 Mar

Jeopardy had a category tonight of hybrid musical groups.  That got me thinking of creating my own list of hybrid picture books.  Combine two picture books with one or more of the same words in the titles to create one new title.  Example:  The Napping House and The House on Pooh Corner  (which I realize isn’t considered a picture book on it’s own, but it’s my favorite children’s book)…



The Napping House on Pooh Corner


Pretty easy, huh?  And fun too!

  Here is what I’ve come up with so far.  Add your own in the comments!

The Ugly Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

Harold and The Day the Purple Crayon Quit

The Pigeon Wants a Poky Little Puppy

The Very Grouchy Ladybug Girl

Miss Spider’s Tea Party Rules

The Gingerbread Boy + Bot

The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck, Duck, Moose!

This is Not My Cat in the Hat

Z is for This Moose Belongs to Me

Mr. Tiger Goes Where the Wild Things Are

A Troop is a Group of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Goodnight Owl Moon

The Butter Battle Bunny Book

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Snowy Day


The Napping House

10 Mar


I thought I’d celebrate Napping Day today with an old favorite, The Napping House  written by Audrey Wood and illustrated by Don Wood.  I love the rhythm and repetition of the text.  Audrey Wood is a master with words!  You can’t beat it…

‘And on that granny there is a child, a dreaming child on a snoring granny, on a cozy bed, in a napping house, where everyone is sleeping.’

And of course, the illustrations are not only playful but beautiful.  Don Wood captures the exact feeling of the story.  Watch how the light changes as the napping begins and as everyone wakes up from their naps.

Here is a fun video of the book being read aloud.  Enjoy your nap today!

Napping Day was founded by Boston University professor William Anthony and his wife Camille in 1999.  Napping Day is the unofficial holiday to help people adjust to Daylight Saving Time.  It is always the Monday after we ‘spring forward’ losing an hour of sleep the night before.  It was established to  promote health and productivity.  Studies show that regular napping can reduce the risk of death from heart related problems.  However, a 2009 study in the UK indicated that naps could increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Yikes!  My advice – take a nap and control other risks for diabetes!

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