The Frog Days of Summer

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Take a walk in any of Henrico County's local parks and you might find (or hear) some frogs hanging out near the water. What better way to celebrate the transition between spring and summer than hopping into your local library to check out some of these great books and activities.

  

Picture Books:

Jump! by Scott M. Fischer - In addition to the rhyming text, Jump! is perfect for antsy toddlers and preschoolers who love to jump. Rather than have children sit for the story, encourage them to act out the plot. They'll jump a lot and have a lot of fun in the process!

Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folguiera - A family of frogs discovers an unexpected visitor one morning when they find a pig in their pond. Lots of animals are introduced as the frogs try to decide what to do with this little pink pig, making this book a wonderful way to practice animal sounds with younger children and talk about friendship with older ones. And, of course, everyone can have fun saying "ribbit!"

 

Craft: Make an origami jumping frog! Once you've made your frog, use it to act out the book Jump! or any of the great frog books at the library.

 

   

Non-Fiction Books:

The Mystery of Darwin's Frog by Martha Crump - Discovered in 1834, Darwin's frog continues to surprise scientists. Learn about the amazing history of this awesome frog.

The Noisy Frog Sing-Along by John Himmelman - Everyone knows frogs go, "Ribbit! Ribbit!" But did you know they also go, "Peep! Peep!" or "Jug-o-rum"? Discover the different sounds frogs make, and then try to identify the ones you hear outside. It's also an app, available on both Apple and Android devices!

 

Jokes: 

What did the frog say when the librarian suggested a book?                    (Readit! Readit!)

What happens when a frog parks in a no-parking space?                        (It gets toad!)