Wisconsin Bookworms

Wisconsin Bookworms

Wisconsin BookwormsWisconsin Bookworms

Reading with children is one of the most important things that parents, teachers, care providers, and community members can do to help kids develop a love of books and become successful readers. However, not all children in Wisconsin have equal access to books.

Wisconsin Bookworms puts books into the hands of young children that might not otherwise have access to books. Each year, more than 38,000 high-quality books are distributed across the state. Eight times a year, volunteers go into preschool classrooms to share their love of books by reading aloud to students and to complete an activity related to the book. Don’t miss the 2018-2019 reading list below!

The Wisconsin Bookworms project is a collaboration of the Wisconsin Association for Home and Community Education, University of Wisconsin-Extension Youth, Family and Community Development, and Wisconsin Public Television Education.

For questions regarding Wisconsin Bookworms, contact Kristin Leglar: 608-256-8071 | kristin.leglar@wpt.org

2018-2019 Wisconsin Bookworms Reading List

A Box Can Be Many Things Written by Dana Meachen Rau and illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye
After her mother throws away a large box, a girl and her younger brother pull it out of the garbage. They pretend it is a cave, car, house and cage. And even when it lies in pieces on the ground, their imaginations lead them to even more inventive uses for the box.

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Clifford the Big Red Dog, Be a Good Friendem. Written by Norman Bridwell
Imagine having a dog bigger than a house! In Clifford the Big Red Dog, Be a Good Friend, Emily Elizabeth has the biggest, reddest dog in the whole world. Most importantly, Clifford is a good friend who's always cheerful and ready to play and help.

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Grandma Calls Me Beautiful. Written by Barbara M. Joosse and illustrated by Barbara Lavallee
Grandma Calls Me Beautiful captures the unique bond that exists between grandparent and grandchild. Set in Hawaii, the vibrant watercolor illustrations and lyrical text combine to capture the lush landscapes and unique traditions of the Hawaiian culture.

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Families are Different
Written and illustrated by Nina Pellegrini

Little Nico, who is adopted from Korea, realizes that some children live with one parent, two parents or grandparents, and that some children have stepbrothers, stepsisters and parents who look very different from one another.

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Is Your Mama a Llama? Written by Deborah Guarino and illustrated by Steven Kellogg
Lloyd the llama is looking for his mama. "Is your mama a llama?" he asks a bat, a swan, a cow, a seal and a kangaroo. Young children will share Lloyd's delight when the answer to his question is finally, "Yes!" This book is filled with rhyme and riddles.

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Night Animals Written and illustrated by Gianna Marino
Night Animals is a witty story with various nocturnal animals that are afraid and hide from other night animals, until a bat explains they are all night animals. The story ends with a reassuring twist and shows there really is nothing to be afraid of in the dark.

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Snow Leopards Written by Jill Esbaum
In Snow Leopards, readers learn about rare and beautiful snow leopards: their habitat, how they've adapted for a cold climate and how they care for and teach their cubs.

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Snowman’s Story Written and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Snowman’s Story is a wordless picture book that allows children to tell their own version of the story. One wintry day, a hat lands on the head of a newly made snowman and brings him to life. Hiding inside the hat is a rabbit, who listens to the snowman read a story to some animal friends. When the snowman falls asleep, the rabbit hops away with the book. But the snowman isn't about to let his story — or the mischievous rabbit — get away. The chase is on!

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Past Wisconsin Bookworms Reading Lists: https://wpt.org/education/booklist

Literacy Resources

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

PBS Kids – ABC Games

PBS Kids – Reading Games

PBS Kids – Rhyming Games

PBS Kids – Spelling Games

PBS Kids – Story Games

PBS Kids – Vocabulary Games

PBS Kids Lab – Find Books by Age and Skill