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Felt Board Stories for Younger Children Ages 3-8

Mrs. Mopple's Washing Line by Anita Hewett – McGraw-Hill, 1966
This feltboard story is simple enough to be used with younger children. One possible educational use of this story might be as a refresher on clothing types or as a winter theme story depicting the effects of the wind. Cut out felt to fit the pattern and draw on the features or details with felt pen.

The Monster's Nose Was Cold by Joan Hanson – Carolrhoda Books, 1971
This story is great for the 3-8 set. It could be employed as a form of bibliotherapy to deal with sibling rivalry.

You Look Ridiculous Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus by Bernard Waber - Walter Lorraine Books, 1973
A good flannelboard story to emphasize self esteem in your older audience. Especially good way to approach the idea of peer pressure and its effects. The use of different colors could augment the ludicrous way the Hippo looks with parts of other animals (example: pink elephant ears on a gray hippo). Cut out of felt and draw on features and details.

Elephant in a Well by Marie Hall Ets – Viking, 1972
Though written in the simple style appropriate for younger children, the message of self worth in this story is readily learned by older children. In fact, the combination of subject, matter, and style could be used as a transition story from a younger audience to an older one. All pieces are cut of felt. The well might be more effective if a window of acetate was attached to the frame to enable viewing the elephant.

Felt Board Friendly Bibliography

Further Bibliography:

Berry, Holly . Old MacDonald Had a Farm . New York : North-South Books, 1994.
A unique reinterpretation of the classic Old MacDonald . The book includes a sheet music page for any who want to know the chords to this children's classic!

Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar . New York : World Publishing, 1969.
Carle captures the transformation of the caterpillar in this innovative children's modern classic.

Charlip , Remy. Fortunately. New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 1964.
Follow the main character, Ned, through a series of lucky breaks and mishaps as Ned tries to get to a party he's been invited to- a thousand miles away.

Charlip , Remy and Burton Supree . Mother Mother I Feel Sick Send For the Doctor Quick Quick Quick . Berkeley , CA : Tricycle Press, 2001.
In this special edition of the children's classic told in lively rhyme, follow the story of one child, and discover why it is he feels so sick!

Davis, Aubrey. The Enormous Potato . Buffalo , NY : Kids Can Press, 1998.
A folktale retold by Aubrey Davis about a farmer who planted a potato eye, and the many misadventures that happen as a result of a potato grown too large! A great illustration of community involvement in creative problem solving.

Ehlert , Lois. Feathers for Lunch . San Diego , CA : Harcourt Brace & Company, 1990.
The cat got out! Follow him and learn different backyard birds in this irresistible outdoor adventure.

Galdone , Paul. The Gingerbread Man . New York : Clarion Books, 1975.
A retelling of the fabled favorite about the little gingerbread man and his many mishaps until someone finally does catch him!

Greene, Carol. The 13 Days of Halloween . USA : Bridgewater Books, 2000.
Be entirely entertained in this ghoulish remake of the Twelve Days of Christmas made especially for Halloween!

Kent, Jack. The Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale . New York : Scholastic Book Services, 1971.
How does one little cat get so FAT?! Find out in this wonderfully cute folktale. Readers who enjoyed The Lady Who Swallowed a Fly will certainly delight in this story.

Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed . Mexico : HarperCollinsPublishers , 1973.
A little boy plants a carrot seed. Against the predictions of his family, the little boy's tender caretaking of his carrot seed causes something wonderful to happen.

Martin, Bill Jr and Lois Ehlert . Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3. New York : Simon & Schuster Books, 2004.
One hundred and one numbers climb the apple tree. As the numbers pile up in the branches, only one of them can save the day. Discover which one it is in this delightful children's book created by the same team that brought you Chicka Chicka Boom Boom .

Shaw, Charles G. It Looked Like Spilt Milk . New York : HarperCollinsPublishers , 1947.
An engaging children's book focusing on the various shapes something that looked like spilt milk can take. Discover what it really is as the shapes progress in this inventive tale written and illustrated by Shaw.

The Real Mother Goose . New York : Checkerboard Press, 1944.
A collection of the original nursery rhymes first brought together and published in 1916 for this very same collection.

Tresselt , Alvin. The Mitten: An Old Ukranian Folktale . . New York : Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard, 1964.
Find out what happens to a little boy's mitten that is lost in the woods in this wonderful retelling of a Ukranian folktale by Alvin Tresselt .

Wattenberg, Jane. Henny -Penny . New York : Scholastic Press, 2000.
A hilarious re-telling of the children's classic with unique photo artwork by the author/illustrator.

Whippo , Walt and Bernard Zaritzky . Little White Duck . Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 1950.
An illustrated picture book version of the classic children's song. Includes sheet music and wonderfully animated pictures by Joan Paley.


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