Wednesday, February 6, 2019

6th February Lame Duck Day

I was reading today and happened to notice that it was Lame Duck Day and that made me think that I hadn't written about ducks or Duck Day on this blog. Of course being a Lame Duck has very little to do with ducks, but given how many picture books feature ducks I got to thinking about them. Well there's Rubber Ducky Day ( January, 13th), Donald Duck Day (June, 9th) and even Dead Duck Day (June, 5th) but there does not appear to be World Duck Day or International Duck Day. What a shame. There are so many endearing ducks in picture books, starting with my all time favourite Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.

The children I teach are aged between four and eight so their introduction to 'ducks' in picture books is usually a version of Five Little Ducks,  but very quickly they move to the series about ducks that we have in boxes in the library. There is
Daisy Duck by Jane Simmons
• Duck and Goose by Tad Hills
Baby Duck  by Amy Hest and Jill Barton
Duck in a Truck  by Jez Alborough
Sarah and Duck by Sarah Gomes Harris
• the madcap duck in What is Chasing Duck? in the Giggle Gang by Jan Thomas
• the zany Katy Duck by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Henry Cole
Duck Duck Dinosaur  by Kallie George and Oriol Vidal
Duck Duck Porcupine by Salina Yoon.

Of course there's other ducks to fall in love with such as
Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury
Just Ducks  by Nicola Davies and Salvatore Rubbino
• Alexander in Alexander's Outing by Pamela Allen
Ben and Duck by Sara Acton
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese, and the newer
Duck!  by Meg McKinlay and Nathaniel Ekstrom
I'm a Duck  by Eve Bunting and Will Hillenbrand
and if you are looking for a serial for this age group there's always Meg McKinlay and Leila Rudge's
• Duck For a Day  and Definitely No Ducks
And if this isn't enough duck books, look here.

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