Preschool Author Study: Anna Dewdney

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We had a ton of fun learning about the books written by Anna Dewdney!  We primarily focused on the Llama, Llama series, however, I had a couple of other books available for the kids to read if they wanted to.  This was the final class of my “Awesome Authors” series which was really a shame, because it was such a fun class!  I am thinking that I may offer it again in the fall. Here is what we did…

I had some printables from the Llama, Llama website here.  The kids completed and colored them during their free play time at the beginning of the class.  The website is a great resource for parents and teachers to find information on the Llama, Llama books and corresponding activities.

I had some printables from the Llama, Llama website here. The kids completed and colored them during their free play time at the beginning of the class. The website is a great resource for parents and teachers to find information on the Llama, Llama books and corresponding activities.

We began by talking about llamas and looking at pictures of real llamas.  We talked about seeing them at the zoo. We talked about what they look like focusing on their wool and ears.  I had a picture of a llama for the kids to color and attach cotton balls for the wool.

We began by talking about llamas and looking at pictures of real llamas. We talked about seeing them at the zoo. We talked about what they look like, focusing on their wool and ears. I had a picture of a llama for the kids to color and attach cotton balls for the wool.

We created llama ears for the kids to wear.  All that I did is cut two ears and a long piece of brown paper.  I measured the kids heads and they were instant llamas.  They were really cute!

We created llama ears for the kids to wear. All that I did is cut two ears and a long piece of brown paper. I measured the kids heads and they were instant llamas. They were really cute!

Here is a llama making a llama!

Here is a llama making a llama!

The kids really filled up their llamas to make them extra furry!

The kids really filled up their llamas to make them extra furry!

Just four llamas hanging out, learning about books!

Just four llamas hanging out, learning about books!

We read "Llama, Llama, mad at Mama."  In the book, the llama gets mad at his Mama and has quite a fit.  By the end, they make up, like in several of the Llama books.  We created cards to tell our Mamas how much we love them.  I had an example for the kids to see and copy.  They were really cute and I hope that their Mama's enjoyed them!

We read “Llama, Llama, Mad at Mama.” In the book, the llama gets mad at his mama and has quite a fit. By the end, they make up, like in several of the Llama books. We created cards to tell our Mamas how much we love them. I had an example for the kids to see and copy. They were really cute and I hope that their Mama’s enjoyed them!

The kids signed their own names on the inside.  My example read "Miss Jenny" and some of the kids wrote "Miss" before their names.  It was cute....

The kids signed their own names on the inside. My example read “Miss Jenny” and some of the kids wrote “Miss” before their names. It was cute….

I created Colored PJ Bingo for the kids to play.  I have the printable for you here.  I had buttons (perfect for pajamas) for the kids to mark their llamas.  I also had plenty of prizes on hand.

I created Colored PJ Bingo for the kids to play. I have the printable for you here. I had buttons (perfect for pajamas) for the kids to mark their llamas. I also had plenty of prizes on hand.

This was a really fun experience for the kids and also for me.  I didn't realize that the game would be new to everyone (I should have, but I didn't think about it).  Once we got the hang of it, it went smoothly.

This was a really fun experience for the kids, and also for me. I didn’t realize that the game would be new to everyone (I should have, but I didn’t think about it). Once we got the hang of it, it went smoothly.

We also read "Llama, Llama, Red Pajama."  In this book, the llama is in bed under a quilt.  I took this opportunity to talk about the letter "Q."  We came up with other words that began with a "Q" and wrote them under the letter that I had printed out.  The kids also created a "quilt" with different colored paper squares.

We also read “Llama, Llama, Red Pajama.” In this book, the llama is in bed under a quilt. I took this opportunity to talk about the letter “Q.” We came up with other words that began with a “Q” and wrote them under the letter that I had printed out. The kids also created a “quilt” with different colored paper squares.

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The kids came up with quilt, queen, and quill.

The kids came up with quilt, queen, and quill.

My daughter loved her llama hat so much, she wore it all day. She also made her Dad wear one with her.

My daughter loved her llama hat so much, she wore it all day. She also made her Dad wear one with her.

This class flew by!  We were having so much fun!  We also learned about llamas and the work of Anna Dewdney.  Enjoy!

~Miss Jenny

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  • Anna Dewdney’s Webpage – you can find information about her and her books.  There is also information on upcoming Llama, Llama books!

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