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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wacky Wednesday - "If You Give a. . ." Children's Books by Laura Numeroff with illustrations by Felicia Bond

If you are one of the very few parents, teachers, or grandparents who haven't discovered this wonderful "If You Give a. . . "  series of books, by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond,  I'm here to tell you they are wacky, silly fun.   

I first found them when I was doing my student teaching in Kindergarten and First Grade.  They are circular stories that start and end with the same "If you give a..."  They alternately feature a boy or a girl helping the various animals with their requests.  The kids love them and the illustrations are such fun -- you start to believe that people and animals interact that way!  For ages 4 to 8 (some sites say 3 to 7), depending on their reading level.  The younger ones love them read aloud and the older ones can read the books by themselves or read to a younger child.  Enjoy!

Here are my favorites, followed by a complete list (from Wikipedia):

 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie 
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
 If You Give A Moose A Muffin
 If You Give a Pig a Pancake
 If You Give A Pig A Pancake

 If You Give a Pig a Party


If You Give a Cat a Cupcake


Here's the complete list:

The If You Give ...™ series

Illustrated by Felicia Bond
  1. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1985)
  2. If You Give a Moose a Muffin (1991)
  3. If You Give a Pig a Pancake (1998)
  4. The Best Mouse Cookie (1999)
  5. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies (2000)
  6. If You Take a Mouse to School (2002)
  7. If You Give a Pig a Party (2005)
  8. Merry Christmas, Mouse! (2007)
  9. Time for School, Mouse! (2008)
  10. If You Give a Cat a Cupcake (2008)
  11. Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! (2009)
  12. Happy Easter, Mouse! (2010)
  13. If You Give a Dog a Donut (2011)

More about author Laura Numeroff and her other books at:


 And more about illustrator Felicia Bond (couldn't find her website) and her other books:





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