Worm Weather by Jean Taft and illustrated by Matt Hunt, is a short picture book with less than 100 words. The words and pictures sing and dance from page to page. Pick this book for a rainy day. You will be able to effortlessly flow from reading the book to engaging the minds of budding little scientists. First read it for the pure joy of language with sentences like...
"Drip drop, skip and hop."
"Splish, splash, sidewalk dash."
Play in the Rain
Slide on some rain boots and head outside and start counting worms. Let the little ones experience rainy day play.
Watch and see if your little listener liked the story enough to want to read it again when they are done playing and counting worms outside.
Engage Little Brains
When the time is right, engage little brains with a few of these questions:
How do earthworms help the soil?
Check out another book related to the earth: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.
Cup of Leadership...
is a blog for people who lead children.
Deanne Bryce is a writer for young children and an advocate for personal leadership at all ages. This post is part of a project called Book Drops for Kids. The project promotes using picture books to inspire interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) thinking.
At least once a month a picture book is purchased from an independent book store and “dropped” in a little library to for someone to use. STEM lesson plans for these books are posted on Cup of Leadership. Check the Facebook page to see other books that have been dropped.