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May 17, 2019

2019 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award Winner Announced


Celebrate this year’s award winner with these five monster-themed activities!

It’s official: Hoosier kids love There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott. And it’s no wonder children picked the monster favorite to win the 2019 Firefly Award. The book is filled with great learning opportunities, like learning new words and encouraging movement, imagination and interactions between multiple readers. In other words, the book is pure joy and fun.

Haven’t read There’s a Monster in Your Book? Click here to see a video of the author himself reading the book. Then, click here to find the book at your local library!

To honor this year’s Firefly Award winner, we came up with five activities to help little ones celebrate these winners. These activities will get kids wiggling, spinning and learning — just like the the award-winning favorite. They’re designed to be read aloud to children, and for adults to help them follow the steps. (Fun fact: following directions is a great way to build many key early learning skills!)

Activities for kids:

Monster maracas

Out of olives, maraschinos or mayo? Recycle the empty jar and turn it into a shaky shocker! Fill your jars with a monster’s favorite snacks: pebbles, pennies or popcorn kernels — anything that is hard to crunch and low on the flavor scale! After you are done collecting your sound making snacks, shake your monster maracas. Now, you can call up a monster when you need them or tell them to go away when you are scared.

Cauldron brew recipe.

Depending on your style, there are two traditional ways to make a good cauldron brew recipe:

1) Backyard style — Dig a whole on the ground or bring out an old pot or bucket. Then, find creepy slimy things to fill it up: dead leaves, mud from different sections of the yard, old little branches and a worm! After you fill up your pot or bucket, find a long stick to stir your brew.

2) Tasty summer style — Sherbet and fruit never looked more monstrous than in this most excellent brew! In a large pitcher add sherbet and a variety of fruit textures: slimy, sticky, gooey and bumpy. Now, find a big spoon and slurp up your brew. I bet it’s the tastiest monster brew in Indiana.

See the complete ballot for the 2019 Firefly Award nominees here.

Have a monster mash!

If you made your monster maracas already, great! If not, you can dance the day away anyway to some FrankenTunes. Alone, with family or with your friends. Ask a grown up to pick you up and spin you. And if they are too tired to lift and spin, twirl around them and say “I got you boo.” Dance to “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett or sing “If You’re a Monster and You Know It.” Other monster songs include “The Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley, “Monster Boogie” by Laurie Berkner Band and “Calling All the Monsters” by China Anne McClain. Click here for more Frankenstein-themed activities.

Need some tunes to show off your beastly moves? Check out this playlist!

Spooky scavenger hunt.

Make a list of weird yard objects and creatures and then go find each item on your list. Ants, moths, old bark, big worms and leaves with interesting shapes. Dandelions and clovers should go on your list too — anything interesting can be fun to search for!

See who won the 2018 Firefly Award here.

Face of the monster.

Make your own monster portrait! If you are old enough to use scissors, have a grown up draw circles, triangles, squares and other shapes on magazines or construction paper. Then, practice your cutting skills and set your shapes aside. Are you too little for scissors? Ask a grown up to cut the shapes for you. Lastly, after you have all your shapes, use them to make monster faces on a sheet of paper.

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