Article #34
More Summer Planning
Story Bits--The Sequel
Cheryl M. Sigmon

The last article on using the summer to plan for the inclusion of Story Bits as a connection home stimulated the minds of many creative teachers on the 4-Blocks mailring. This week we'll share with you the many bits teachers have decided to share with kids over the coming year. Besides the memory bits, perhaps you'll also read some new book titles you'll want to check out for your classroom. Many thanks to Susan for her diligence in collecting these bits for this column!

Enjoy reading below!

50 Degrees Below Zero Munsch Short cord with a toe nose at the end
A Box Can Be Many Things Dana Meachen Rau Small Box
Abiyoyo P. Seeger Popsicle stix painted black with white tip (wand father used)
Acorn Magic Maggie Stern Acorn
Albert's Alphabet L. Tryon Blunt-nosed screw
Alexander and the Wind Up Mouse Leo Lionni Glass blobs
Alexander Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday Judith Viorst Penny
All By Myself M. Mayer Gold Star 
Amadillo Rodeo Jan Brett Swatch of fabric resembling buckskin
Amazon Alphabet Kathy Darling Picture of gorilla holding an 'G'
Anansi Stories Various Authors Plastic Spiders
Arctic Animal Story (generic) Small square of white fur (fabric or craft store)
Are You My Mother? P.D. Eastman Tiny next and/or tiny bird from craft store
Ask Mr. Bear M. Flack Pipe cleaner hug (just make a circle out of it)
At the Wish of a Fish J. Patrick Lewis Goldfish snack crackers
Baby Bird Joyce Dunbar Feather
Baby Tamer Mark Teague Animal Crackers
Bad Case of Stripes D. Shannon Small square of striped fabric
Bear Story (generic) Bean painted brown with 2 felt ears attached
Bear's Toothache D. McPhail Tooth Cutout
Benny's Pennies Pat Brisson Penny
Berlioz the Bear Jan Brett Teddy Graham Cracker
Bird Book (generic) Feather from craft store
Blueberries for Sal Robert McLerran Ellison cut out of a jar with some blue beads glued on
Bunny Trouble Books H. Wilhelm Soccer ball erasers
Caps for Sale Esphyr Slobadkina Monkey from a barrel of monkey game from the dollar store
Chair For My Mother Vera B. Williams Penny
Charlotte's Web E.B. White Plastic spider ring
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom John Archambault Cocunut shell (piece of) or paper coconut tree with a few bits of alphabet pasta attached
Chicken Little Various Authors Tiny ellison press apple
Christmas Stories (generic) Tree icicle, ornament hook, time ornament, small candy cane
Chrysanthymum Kevin Henkes Flower off a mum plant
Clever Tom and the Leprechaun Linda Shute Pebble sprayed gold or a piece of red ribbon
Clifford Norman Bridwell Dog biscuit in the shape of a dog bone
Clocks and More Clocks Hutchins 2 construction paper clock hands joined with a brad, a clock stamped on paper
Corduroy Don Freeman Button
Corn is Maize: The Gift fo the Indians Aliki Dried grains of corn
Cucumber Soup Vickie Leigh Krudwig Plastic ants
Curious George H.A. Rey Die cut of a monkey or a die cut of a yellow hat.
Danny and the Dinasaur Hoff Small plastic dinosaurs
Do Not Open This Book? Joy Crowly Piece of spagetti
Doctor DeSoto Lost tooth holder shaped like a tooth
Easter Books (generic) Plastic Easter egg
Emperor's New Clothes Various Authors Crown from Mardi Gras party supplies
Everybody Needs a Rock Byrd Baylor Small stone
Fish is Fish Lionni Fish sticker or pasta
Follow the Drinking Gourd Winter Star sticker or punched star
Foot Book Dr. Seuss Foot die cut
Franklin Paulette Bourgeois Finger pupper
Friends Heine Heart pasta
Frog and Toad are Friends Arnold Lobel A button
From Peanuts to Peanut Butter George W. Carver Roaster peanut in a shell
From Seed to Sunflower Gerald Legg Sunflower seed
George Washington Story (generic) Cut out of the United States (Die cut or from note pad)
Give a Mouse a Cookie Laurg Joffe Numeroff & Felicia Bond A cookie
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Various Authors One tiny ellison press bear or three
Goodnight Moon Asch Pin pong ball (moon)
Hansel and Gretel Various Authors Piece of candy or gingersnap, or fake pepermint form a Christmas garland
Happy Birthday Moon Asch Birthday Candles
Harold and the Purple Crayon Crockett Johnson Purple crayon
Hatchet Gay Paulson Paper/plastic airplane, hatchet,
Heckedy Ped Wood Large-holed wood bead glued on the end of a popsicle stick
Hey, Al! Yorinks Feather
Honk! Edwards White Feather
House for Hermit Crab Eric Carle Shell or past shell
How Do Airplanes Fly? Melvin Berger Paper airplane
How I Spent My Summer Vacation Mark Teague Small plastic cowboy
I Hate My Bow Hans Wilhelm (Hello Reader) Small bow made of ribbon
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Various Authors Plastic fly
I Wish I Were A Butterfly James Howe Bow-tie pasta dyed with food color to look like a butterfly, or a paper butterfly
If You Made a Million Kellogg Play paper money
In the Tall, Tall Grass Denise Fleming Blade of grass
Inch by Inch Lionni Inch worm die cut or gnocci pasta
Islands of the Blue Dolphins S. O'Dell Shell
It Looked Like Spilt Milk Charles G. Shaw Piece of cotton
Jack and the Beanstalk Various Authors Bean seed or gold piece or gold covered chocolate coin
Jasper's Beanstalk Nick Butterworth Bean seed
Joe's Wish Proimus Star
Jumanji Van Allsburg A die
Jump Frog Jump Robert Kalan Origami frog
Junie B. Jones Series Barbara Park Bookmark with Junie pictured
Knots on a Counting Rope Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault Piece of rope/twine
Legend of Indian Paintbrush Tomie DePaola Cheap dimestore paintbrush
Leo the Late Bloomer Robert Kraus Flower shape or sticker
Liang and the Magic Paintbrush Demi A paintbrush
Lily Gold star sticker
Little Bear Else Homelund Minarik Finger pupper
Little House on the Praire Laura Ingalls Wilder New shinny penny (kids in story get them at Christmas)
Lon Po Po Ed Young Chinese Noodles
Love You Forever Robert Munsch Paper or candy heart
Make Way for Ducklings Robert McLerran Ellison press duck
Maniac Magee Jerry Spinelli A knotted piec of twine- then have a contest ot see who can untie theirs the quickest
Marianthe's Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories Aliki Watercolor set
Martha Calling Susan Meddaugh Alphabet pasta glued in a tiny paper bowl of red soup
Max's Chocolate Chicken Rosemary Wells Jellybeans
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Virginia Lee Burton A lego block (building the Town Hall), baggie of dirt
Milk: From Cow to Carton Aliki Small milk carton from cafeteria
Millions of Cats Wand Gag Bean painted gray with Sharpie drawn face
Morri's Disappearing Bag Small drawstring sack (get parents to sew)
Mrs. Wishy Washy Joy Cowley Tiny sop bar (like the hotel ones)
Mud Puddle Munsch Small soap
Mudcakes Chocolate pudding
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters John Steptoe Fabric snake (cut it crosswise on fake fur, about 2-3" long, and it will move when stroked)
Music Story (generic) Musical note die cut or a note shaped from pipe cleaner
My Feet Aliki Die cut of feet
Night of the Twister Ivy Ruckman Nebraska cornhusker sticker
Number the Stars Lois Lowry Die cut star
Old Black Fly Jim Aylesworth Plastic Fly
One Grain of Rice: A Mathmatical Folktale Demi Grains of rice
One Hundred Hungry Ants Elinor J. Pinczes Plastic Ants
Peter Rabbit Various Authors Cut a little blue jacket from felt
Polar Express Chris VanAllsburg Jingle Bell
Rainbow Crow Van Laan Colorful feather (or black one)
Red Riding Hood Various Authors A silk flower or shark tooth (wolof's teeth)
Rough Faced Girl Gauze bandages
Roxaboxen Alice McLerran Glass blobs
Rumplestiltskin Various Authors Piece of gold thread or rick rack
Runaway Bunny Margaret Wise Brown Cotton ball
Sadako and 1000 Paper Cranes E. Coerr Origami Crane
Saving Sweetness Diane Stanley Sheriff badge
Shiloh Phyllis Reyolds Dog biscuit/sticker
Sister Anne's Hands Lorbiecki Hand cutout
Snow Uri Schulevitz Paper Snowflake
Snow Treasure Marie McSwigan Cut out snowflake
Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats Torn paper snowball
Socks B. Cleary Cat Sticker
Something Beautiful Wyeth Piece of sponge
St. Patrick's Day in the Morning Eve Bunting Green streamer
Stephanie's Ponytail Robert Munsch Licorice
Stone Soup Marica Brown or Ann McGovern Stone glued in cut out soup kettle
Swimmy Lionni Fish sticker or pasta
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble William Steig Rock or pebble
Thank You, Mr. Falker Polacco Chenille Bead
The Bee Tree Patricia Polacco Pipe cleaner bee
The Blue and the Grey Two hands attached together with a brad
The Boy Who Ate Dog Biscuits Betsy Sachs Dog biscuits
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss Make origami boxes to hold cotton ball 'Thing One and Thing Two', glue wiggle eyes on the 'Things'
The Cloud Book Tomie DePaola Cotton Ball
The Crayon Box that Talked Shane Derolf Crayon hot-glued to a card that was about the size of a business card
The Doorbell Rang Pat Hutchins Chocolate chip cookies
The Empty Pot Demi Small clay flowerpot
The Enormous Egg Oliver Butterworth Plastic egg with plastic dinosaur inside
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf Leo F. Buscaglia Fall leaf
The Fiddle Ribbon Margo LeMieux Piece of ribbon
The Football That Won Michael Sampson Brown football
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein Apple, appleseed, or twig
The Goat in the Rug Charles L. Blood and Martin Link Long strand of real mohair yarn (the loosely woven kind)
The Grouchy Ladybug Eric Carle A lima bean painted like a ladybug (spray paint, dots with a Sharpie)
The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks Small plastic Indian
The Jolly Postman Janet and Allan Ahlberg Cancelled stamp/letter from teacher
The Kissing Hand Audrey Penn Heart sticker or cutout
The Lorax Dr. Seuss Save Our Earth' sticker
The Lost and Found Mak Teague Hat cutout
The Mitten Jane Yolen Length of white yarn or cut out felt mitten with rickrack glued on
The Napping House Audrey Wood Monopoly house from the game or a milk carton house
The Paper Bag Princess Robert Munsch Paper lunch bag
The Pinballs Betsy Cromer Burnett Small marbles
The Popcorn Book Tomie DePaola Popcorn kernals
The Rainbow Fish Marcus Pfister Silver piece of tinfoil, colored fish
The Sand Castle Shannon Brenda Yee Sand/piece of sandpaper
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Artificial flower
The Story of Johnny Appleseed Aliki Apple seeds
The Story of Little Babji Bannerman Paper umbrella (for cocktails)
The Stupids Allard Picture of something mislabeled
The Talking Eggs Robert D. SanSouci Small Easter egg erasers
The Tiny Woman's Coat Joy Cowley Leaf, seed and brown thread
The Very Busy Spider Eric Carle Leaf/pompom as caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpilar Eric Carle Spider ring
The Widows Broom Van Allsburg Miniature broom
There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Simms Taback Plastic Fly
There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom Louis Sachar Gold Star
Three Billygoats Gruff Various Authors Little piece of fake grass carpet
Three Little Pigs Various Authors Piece of straw or a stick
Ticket to Curlew C. Lotteridge Photocopied train ticket
Tikki Tikki Tembo Moselle Little ladders amde of toothpicks
Truman's Aunt Farm Jama Kim Rattigan Plastic Ant
Two Bad Ants Van Allsburg A plastic ant and some sugar in a baggie
Very Busy Spider Eric Carle Plastic Spider
Wanda's Rose Wanda Clapham Small ribbon rose
Where Once There Was a Wood Denise Fleming Orang leaf
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak A paper plate (his dinner was 'still hot',Toy sailboat, Toy monster, folded paper boats
Winnie the Pooh Balloon
Wreck of the Zephar Chris VanAllsburg Die cut sailboat

For a bit more about Story Bits, see Marti Plumtree's Souvenir Bits Form.

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