Ice-Cream Cones for Sale! – Book and Activity

With the school year coming to an end, students no longer can check out books which means I have the entire 40 minutes for my library program.  As a result, not only can we read a great book, but we have time for extension activities.  Summer brings warmer weather, which of course means the perfect time for ice cream.  This week’s book is Ice-Cream Cones for Sale! by Elaine Greensteina book about the invention of the ice cream cone.  Several people claimed they invented it, but by using primary sources, the author proves who the real inventor was.

After reading the story, we made a pop-up book about the history of ice cream, using a worksheet from Mailbox Magazine.

Squares showing bowls of ice cream with dates and information are colored and then glued on a strip of paper like a timeline and then folded forward and back to make an accordion style book.

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Nonfiction – Featured Author – Steve Jenkins

This past week I featured nonfiction author, Steve Jenkins.  We read Time for a Bath and then I showed them several other books by this author.  We discussed how to find books by your favorite nonfiction author and that is was more difficult then finding authors of fiction books, since nonfiction books are not organized by author.  In order to find their books, you need to look them up in the catalog and find the subject or call # of their books.

by Steve Jenkins

How do Animals Clean Themselves?

Grooming – National Geographic

Time for a Bath – Steve Jenkins

Nature’s Bath Time — Young Naturalist

Selecting Books – Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t)

We read Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t) by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Michael Emberley, a story about a girl who has difficulty finding a book she likes.


She finally finds a book, which is about warts – Shrek.  Our high school is putting on Shrek the Musical, so this was perfect for promoting students to go to see the production as well as an opportunity to encourage students to continue to look for books that they enjoy, using the skills we have talked about.

Additional Resources – Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t)