You Are (Not) Small
illustrated by Christopher Weyant
Two types of bear-like creatures encounter each other in a grassy area. One bear says the other is small. Then the small one says the other is big. Then comes a grand argument where they both declare that they are not “small” or “big” but the other is the odd size. More and more bears show up to try to reinforce each different point of view. But then along comes some more bear-like creatures that are even bigger and smaller than the other groups. Finally the first two bears decide that they are what they are (both big and small) and that is okay.
Kids will enjoy this book, especially kids who are aware of the different sizes of themselves compared to the grownups who tower over them. The creatures (like bears but of various colors) are similar in every way other than size and color. Which just forces the readers to look at how silly the one difference is when there is so much that is similar between the two. This is a great book which kiddos will love. And the large illustrations and short bits of text make it a great choice for sharing to large crowds of storytime kids all at once.
What to do after reading this book:
Draw a picture of your favorite type of animal.
Compare sizes of various objects around your house.
Walk around on stilts and pretend you are taller than you are.
Crawl around and pretend you are smaller than you are.
Make a list of things you like about being the size you are now.
Two Lions, 2014
FORMAT: Picture Book