Hello Little New-Yorkers! Have you been missing us as much as we’ve been missing you? We’ve put together a list of our favorite animal-themed books along with accompanying crafts and a silly dance for you to enjoy at home this summer.
And, for anyone located in New York City, the DiMenna Children’s History Museum is back! Please stop by Fridays – Sundays to discover more fun reads in the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library and to explore 350 years of New York and American history through engaging character-based pavilions filled with interactive exhibits and digital games.
Picture Books (recommended for ages 7 and under)
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Meet Olivia, a very energetic girl piglet. Follow Olivia throughout an ordinary day as she sings, dances, plays dress up, and gets into some mischief. Afterwards, make a paper doll of Olivia and her different costumes!
Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang
Meet a monkey who is in a bad mood and doesn’t know why! Find out why he is having such a bad day and how his friends can help. Then, make your own monkey with a silly, happy, or a grumpy face!
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Meet Wilfred. He thinks he owns a moose named Marcel. Find out who Marcel the moose really belongs to! After reading this silly story, create your own moose that belongs only to you.
BunnyBear by Andrea J. Loney, illustrated by Carmen Saldana
Meet a big bear who feels like a little bunny on the inside who is misunderstood by all the other bears. Will BunnyBear ever find a friend that understands him? Make your very own bear with bunny ears, fox ears, or even puppy ears!
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole
Learn the true story of Roy and Silo, penguins at the Central Park Zoo, who created a beautiful nontraditional family of their very own. After reading their sweet story, create a baby penguin of your own to love and care for at home.
If Animals Danced video
Get ready to get all the wiggles out with Mr. Craig and Ms. Tamisha by dancing like silly animals!
As always, we would love to see pictures of your work! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or share on social media @nyhistory.