A BOOK OF BRIDGES: HERE TO THERE AND ME TO YOU explores more than just the bridge as a structure connecting one place to another. It explores how we connect as human beings.
In A BOOK OF BRIDGES, one layer of text gives simple descriptions of bridges for the youngest listeners while another layer provides facts on the bridges for the older reader. Combining the layers provides a bridge between reading and listening together in a story time setting.
Here are a few other ways to help kids learn more about bridges and making connections.
Connecting to Bridges
Make a bridge from popsicle sticks, paper plates, or marshmallows. Find a picture of a local bridge as a model. Here are a few examples:
Connecting to Geography
Use a map or globe to locate the book’s bridges.
Go exploring. Take a drive with your family around your neighborhood and see how many bridges you can spot. Turn it into a game. Whoever spots the most bridges wins!
Connecting to Pictures
Look closer at the pictures in the book. What people, places, and things are the bridges in the book connecting? Make up your own story. Where do you think they are going? What do think they are doing? Who do they want to connect to?
Dragonflies flutter about on many of the pages. How many can you spot?
Author Cheryl Keely and illustrator Celia Krampien love dogs. How many dogs can you spot in the pictures?
Connecting to People
Playing games is fun. Play the Drawbridge Game with your friends or classmates. Find the instructions here: https://www.cherylkeely.com/learning-playing
What other types of bridges can you make by working together?
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Cheryl Keely is a children’s book writer who loves to create picture books because they combine her love of learning and love of playing. When not writing, Cheryl volunteers with her dog Dagaz as a pet ambassador team with a local pet therapy organization in her home of Louisville, Ky. One of our favorite visits is to a local elementary school where the children take turns reading to the dogs. Her debut picture book, A BOOK OF BRIDGES: HERE TO THERE AND ME TO YOU, is out now from Sleeping Bear Press