Silly Lilly in What Will I Be Today?

Written and Illustrated by: Agnes Rosenstiehl

Before Reading

Preview and Predict

Every day brings a new adventure for Silly Lilly so discover what she will be each day of the week. Help draw your child's attention to the different elements in the illustrations and make observations and predictions as you go along. Ask questions like:

What do you see on the cover?

What do you think this story will be about?

What kinds of things do you think Silly Lilly will do in the story?

{Flip to an illustration} What do you think she is doing in this picture?

What are the days of the week? Do you have a favorite day? If so, which one? Why is it your favorite? What do you like to do on that day?

What do you want to be when you grow up? What do you like to pretend to be when you play?

As You Read

Build Vocabulary

Your child may not know some of the professions in this story, so help him/her discover what people who have those jobs do. Ask, "Do you know what a CITY PLANNER does? What does it look like Silly Lilly is doing? Do you think it would be a fun job? Why/why not? What does an ACROBAT do?" 

Also bring your child's attention to the sounds that the different words make. Say, "Bugs starts with a b sound. What other words start with a b sound?"


Monitor Comprehension

Talk to your child about what s/he enjoys, while also making connections between different parts of the story and the real world. Say things like, "Silly Lilly wants to be a cook! What do you think she likes to cook? What is your favorite kind of food? Do you like to help me cook?" You can also ask questions like, "Why is Silly Lilly saying 'You have to sing!'? Why aren't they singing? What song are they going to play? What do you think she will want to be next?"

After Reading

Make Connections

Help your child look at the story as a whole once you've completed your read-through by asking/discussing questions like: 

Did you like that story?

Which one of Silly Lilly's jobs or activities was your favorite? Why was it your favorite? 

Do you know any cooks, musicians, city planners, etc? 

Do you want to sing the Days of the Week song?


Talk about your own profession and/or hobbies with your child, discussing why you enjoy them.

Extending the Story

What Will Your Child Be Today?


Let your child follow Silly Lilly's lead and have some pretend play fun! Perhaps s/he wants to be a city planner or a teacher like Lilly, or maybe s/he has his/her own ideas about what they want to do. Either way, grab some things from around the house and get going! If you're looking for more tips and ideas, look no further


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Want to know all about the benefits of pretend play? Psychology Today lets us know why imaginative play is so important for child development, so let your child's imagination run wild!