Early Bird

Written and Illustrated by:Toni Yuly

Before Reading

Explore and Discover

This early bird doesn't just get the worm, she shares her early morning breakfast with it! Before you dive into the story and find out how this little birdy spends her morning, talk to your child about the cover and illustrations, and bring his/her attention to different elements. Use prompts and questions like these to preface the book:

What animals do you see on the cover? I see a birdy and a butterfly! The early bird is sitting on a white fence.

What color is the birdy? The birdy is red!

What do birds like to do? They like to fly, eat worms and seeds and build nests that they can sleep in!

I wonder what the early bird will do this morning. Let's find out!

As You Read

Build Language

Help build your child's vocabulary by giving each element in the illustrations a name. Be sure to repeat yourself and describe the elements using their color, location, etc. For example, say "Look, the early bird likes to wake up when it's still dark outside. She is sleeping in her nest and there is the moon and stars. Can you point to the moon? She stands really tall. How tall can you stand? Can you show me?"


Make Connections

Connect the story to your child's life as well as the real world around him/her by saying things like, "What do you think the early bird will do first in the morning? Birds like to sing in the morning. What do they sound like? What do we do first thing in the morning? We wake up and get out of bed! Early bird is going across the grass. What color is grass? It's green, that's right! Look! The cat is still sleeping! What do you think the early bird will find in the garden? Let's find out!" Even if your child is very young and unable to answer verbally, this will help him/her see the connection between you and the story you are reading.

After Reading

Asking questions is a helpful way to encourage your child to think about what s/he has just experienced, so ask about the story. For little ones, you can ask questions and then provide the answers yourself. Questions and prompts might include:

Did you like that story?

What did the early bird and the worm do together at the end of the story? Let's go back and find out! 

That was very nice of the early bird to share her breakfast!

{Flip to an illustration} Where is the worm in this picture? Can you find it?

Let's read the story again!

Extending the Story

Early Bird Fun!

Bird Feeder

This activity from House of Burke will help you and your little one create a super fun and easy bird feeder that you can place outside your home to attract your own early bird! Your kiddie will love get his/her hands messy with the peanut butter and when the birds start coming to nibble on the seeds, you and your child can observe them and talk about what you see!


Bird Nest Pretend Play

Looking for a comfy place to reread the story? Create a bird nest from things around your home (cushions, yarn, ribbon, etc) and have your little one pretend to be a bird! Nibble on some strawberries and once playtime is through, you can read the story over again!