Thursday, April 9, 2009

If You Give a Kid a Series ...

Some books come out in that time between when we are kids ourselves and when we become parents. Unless they are specifically brought to our attention, we miss out on them. Laura Numeroff's If You ... series is one that I hadn't heard of until recently when I started volunteering at the school library and Z had a unit on one of the books in preschool. These are easy reading picture books with a mischievous sense of humor. They are perfect for demonstrating cause and effect, both positive and negative.
If you give a mouse a cookie,
he's going to ask for a glass of milk.
When you give him the milk,
he'll probably ask you for a straw.
When he's finished, he'll ask for a napkin.

The series includes the following books:
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
If You Take a Mouse to School
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
If You Give a Pig a Party

I think those are all of them. Z's favorite right now is If You Give a Cat a Cupcake because that's the one they read in class and they got to eat cupcakes at the end of the week! Not surprisingly, he convinced me that we need to make cupcakes for Easter.

If you give a kid an idea,
K and Z


  1. And now you are making cupcakes!! That's too sweet.

  2. Yes, I couldn't back out of the cupcake promise or Z would have complained forever! Now we just have to drive around finding friends that are not on vacation that can give a home to some of these confetti cupcakes!

  3. I agree with you ... I would have missed out on these if I didn't have a kid! Discovering great kid's books like these are one of the pleasures of being a mom! I love the illustrations in these books ... they are so detailed and fun to look at. And the premises are just so fun.

  4. I totally love these books too!!!