BOOK TITLE: Whose Baby Am I?
AUTHOR: John Butler
SUMMARY OF BOOK: A simple board book with pictures of an adorable baby animal on one page, and his parent on the next. Several of the animals are familiar to Alaska: seal, polar bear, owl. Download this Activity Sheet in PDF.
Ask questions and use what the child already knows to add to the discussion, assisting the child in understanding and enjoying the book.
- Look at the title and cover of the book together: “This is a polar bear cub, a baby polar bear.”
- Take the opportunity to talk about babies, parents, mothers, fathers.
- Introduce your baby to the features of a book: covers, pages, titles.
- Introduce your baby to the animals: would he have seen them? Do you have a name for the animal in another language?
- Talk about size and big/little.
- Some animals just get bigger, but some (like the seal) change color when they get older. Start a conversation with your child about him and you and your differences.
- You might try introducing ideas about color or where the animals live.
- Try making the sounds the animal might make.
- When you encounter any animals from the book, remind your child about the book, and make connections back to reading it.
- When you come across animals not in the book, talk to your child about whether they’re a parent or a baby, about what the baby might look like.
- You could make up names for the animals, put them in a little story.
- Try collecting pictures of other animals and their babies.
Compliments of: Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Created by: Students at the University of Alaska Anchorage