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Unleashing Imagination: Perfect Picture Books for Dramatic Play and Animal Exploration

It's National Picture Book Month! Let's find the perfect picture books for dramatic play and exploring animal characteristics.

A variety of scattered picture books.

November is National Picture Book Month. Picture books are central to our Belle's Book Club Residencies and Belle's Book Club Playgroups. Good picture books are the perfect companion for dramatic play.

Children learn about various animals and their environments in our Belle's Book sessions. We use our actor's tools: body, voice, and imagination as we explore and dramatize different characteristics of the animals. We use our bodies to walk like penguins, stretch like giraffes, and slither like snakes. We use our voices to sing, roar, and hiss.

Great books + Dramatic Play = A Fun and Meaningful Learning Experience

Take a look at some of these perfect picture books that can be used to explore animal characteristics during dramatic play.

We All Play by Julie Flett

Children are running through grass play and animal cubs are are playing.
We All Play

I Love You with All of MY Hearts by Lindsay Bonilla

Two red octopus are marking a heart with their arms and the baby is in the center.
I Love You with All of My Hearts

Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera

An illustrated dog and cat are rowing a bow down a river. An elephant, tiger and crocodile can be seen up ahead.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat

I Can Fly

A little girl is pretending to fly. She is surrounded by different animals.
I Can Fly

Move! by Steve Jenkins

A brown hare is leaping across the word "move".

Marta Big and Small by Jen Arena

A young girl is smiling and waving. She is standing in between a large elephant and a small beetle.
Marta Big and Small

I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

A frog has his mouth open. The speech bubble next to him say " I don't want to be a frog".
I Don't Want To Be A Frog

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