Piccadilly's Circus


Ages 2-5

This interactive storybook will have children laughing as they learn about cooperation, teamwork, and individual talent. We love the strong narrative voice, lovely ink-and-watercolor illustrations, and silly circus characters!

Get Ready

Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.

Ask your child what types of animals and people they would expect to find at a circus.

Discuss the role of the ringmaster. Why is it important? Do you think you could you have a circus with only a ringmaster? Why or why not?

Dive In

Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.

Story Connections

Talk to your child about different moments and characters of the story.  This will help them build empathy. You might try talking to them while they tap the characters and objects at the end of each page, or after the story as a whole. Here are some examples:

Why does the ringmaster need to stay in bed? How do you think he feels? Can you remember being sick? How does it feel when you are sick?

Why is it hard for the bear to be ringmaster? For the tightrope walker to be a lion tamer? For the characters to do different acts? Is there a job or talent someone has that you would like to do? How do you think you would need to prepare to do that job or talent well?

Do you think the circus troupe would have been better off not trying different acts? Did they learn anything? Are there times when taking risks can be good?


Over time, use the “read it to me” option and try the “read it myself” option. For the latter, you can read the story to your child, and, if they are able, also have them read it out loud to you or a sibling.  Ask them about how each experience felt. What do they like about each type of narration? What don’t they like? Trying the different options and talking to your child about them will empower them as a reader and help them better understand technology.

Branch Out

Extend the app experience with a real life activity.


Have your child work with siblings and/or friends to create a circus or talent show for you. Encourage them to find things they enjoy doing or are really good at to spotlight. This activity will foster teamwork, cooperation, and organization.

Get Crafty

There is lots of movement in the story and in circuses. Give your child supplies—cardboard, yarn, construction paper, glitter, felt, crayons, markers, pipecleaners, scissors, brass fasteners, and glue—to create a circus image. Show them how to make pieces that move using the brass fasteners, yarn, or pipecleaners. Use an old shoebox as a base.