Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles Teacher’s Guide Now Available

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Recently, I gave a behind-the-scenes peak at a project I am working on. It’s an adventurous writing prompt journal for kids I hope to create and publish within the next few months.

Unfortunately, I haven’t done much work with it since writing the behind-the-scenes peak post, but I hope to get back to work on it again soon.

In the meantime, I did attend my SCBWI monthly writer meeting, wrote about 5 interactive educational children’s books, wrote my monthly post for Hands On As We Grow, compiled a list of 55 books about dads for Father’s Day (which will be published next week), wrote and submitted 3 short poems to a children’s magazine, revised a manuscript which I had critiqued at my writer meeting, revised that manuscript again and submitted it to a few literary agents, and researched a couple of publishers and submitted a different manuscript to them.

I also read Making a Living Writing Books for Kids by Laura Purdie Salas, which I highly recommend for anyone interested in “earning a livable income through writing, editing, and speaking about writing and books” (as stated in the book). I ended up highlighting quite a bit of text within the book to refer back to later.

I really haven’t made much money on my writing adventure yet, but I hope to gradually increase my income as I continue my writing journey. After reading Making a Living Writing Books for Kids, I decided to implement a few ideas right away. I hope to share more about some of those ideas in a future post, but the one that I wanted to share with you today is a teacher’s guide I created for Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles.

In Making a Living Writing Books for Kids, Laura Purdie Salas mentions creating teacher’s guides for other people’s books to make some money. Although it won’t bring in any additional money for me, I thought it would be fun to create a teacher’s guide for Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles. So, I did.

The teacher’s guide is 21 pages long and offers activities for reading, science, math, social studies, and art that correspond with the book Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles.

Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles Teacher's Guide

It also includes the How to Make Pickles cut and paste activity with an answer key and all four coloring pages.

Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles Free Coloring Pages Available!

I wish I would have created the teacher’s guide before Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles was chosen for the 2019 Read Across Connecticut program, so it could have been used in the classrooms at that time. But, I didn’t have it done then. I hope there are others who are able to get some use from it in classrooms and at home now that it is available.

You are welcome to print a free copy of the Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles Teacher’s Guide. It is also available on the Fun Extras page along with some other activity ideas to do along with Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles. 

If you do print a copy of the teacher’s guide, please let me know your thoughts about it and if you have any suggestions for improvements.

Who knows…maybe I will create teacher’s guides for other author’s books in the future if anyone is interested.

Do you think having teacher’s guides for children’s books are beneficial?



14 Children’s Books About Flowers

Even though we still got snow at the end of April, spring is officially here!

Buds are appearing. Flowers are starting to grow. Colors are emerging all around.

Check out 14 Children’s Books About Seeds, Plants, and Gardening.

Last year, I had suggested going on nature walks with little ones to explore different aspects of the world around us. It’s about time to start enjoying some beautiful flowers!

My daughters and I have enjoyed taking pictures of flowers as we go for walks. Below are a few of the pictures my daughters have taken.

My daughter took this picture in Wisconsin at a summer camp.

Here is another picture one of my daughters took in Wisconsin at the same summer camp. These are Spiderworts.


Here is a picture one of my daughters took when we were in Kentucky on vacation.

In anticipation of all of the beautiful flowers that will soon be emerging and budding, I have put together a list of 14 children’s books about flowers.

Children’s Books About Flowers

An ABC of Flowers by Jutta Hilpuesch 

Bees Like Flowers by Rebecca Bielawski 

Flowers by Gail Gibbons 

Flowers by Vijaya Khisty Bodach

Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate by Sara C. Levine 

I Can Grow a Flower

Learn To Draw…Flower Garden 

Look! Flowers! by Stephanie Calmenson 

Mini Meadows: Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere Around Your Yard by Mike Lizotte 

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Flower Alphabet by Mrs. Peanuckle

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith 

State Guides: Flowers by Linden McNeilly 

Zinnia’s Flower Garden by Monica Wellington 

Will you find any flowers today?

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