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Unleashing Imagination: Perfect Picture Books for Dramatic Play and Exploring Setting


It's National Picture Book Month! Let's find the perfect picture books for dramatic play and story settings.


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.


In our Belle's Book Residencies, we use our body and imagination to propel us into the world of the story. We fly, swim, float, and climb to get to these new places. We explore the environment and everything in it. We tap into our senses to see, hear, and smell as we travel through the setting of a story.


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 story settings during dramatic play.



Over in the Ocean In a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes


Green Sea Horses Floating in the coral reef.
Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef


How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long



A smiling little boy is sitting on the shoulders of a pirate.
How I Became a Pirate


The Umbrella by Jan Brett



Rain forest animals are surrounded by greenery.
The Umbrella

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner



A squirrel can be see snuggled and sleeping under the snow.
Over and Under the Snow

Bear on a Bike by Stella Blackstone



A bear is riding a bike with a small boy riding on the back and a dog in the front basket.
Bear on a Bike

I Want to Be an Astronaut by Byron Barton


An astronaut is floating in space about the earth.
I Want to Be an Astronaut

















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