Resources and Activities for Leo Lionni Books

This month the  The Virtual Book Club for Kids will be exploring the books of Leo Lionni. Here at home we are reading through many of his books and  trying some different activities to go along with them. To help get ready for this month’s Book Club I thought  I would share some of the great resources and activities currently available on the web.

Leo Lionni Book Activities

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General Resources About More Than One Book

This author study from ReadWriteThink engages student in drawing activities to learn more about the story elements as you read four popular Lionni books.

The Mermaid Theatre of Novia Scotia has a terrific 43-page teacher’s guide full of activity suggestions.

The 45-page teacher resource packet from Catellani Art Museum is also full of great activities to go along with individual books.

This lesson sequence from ReadWriteThink helps build comprehension using the book Swimmy and “I Wonder” statements.

Random House Kids has some free printable activities to go along with some of Lionni’s books.

A Color of His Own 

Chameleon Pipe Cleaner Tutorial and Color Matching  from Lines Across

Kindergarten Art Lesson  from Deep Space Sparkle

Free printable story extension page that can be used individually or to make a class book from Growing in Pre K


Collage Art Lesson from A Faithful Attempt

Little Blue and Little Yellow

Collage and Color Mixing from Crayon Freckles

Painting Activity from Teach Preschool

Mess Free Color Mixing from Imprints from Tricia

The Alphabet

Tree Stamping from Teach Preschool

Inch by Inch

I is for Inchworm theme  from Fantastic Fun and Learning

Tillie and the Wall

Making predictions writing activity from Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

Resource Books

Teaching With Favorite Leo Lionni Books: Creative Activities for Exploring Friendship, Self-Esteem, Cooperation, and Other Themes in These Beloved Books


If you’re interested in joining this month’s book club, here’s what you need to do…

  1. Comment below and let us know that you are joining in!
  2. Pick your favorite book by Leo Lionni (or a new one you want to check out) and read it with your child or class.
  3. Create an activity, project, craft, cooking project, etc. related to the book and do it.
  4. Come back and share it with us as part of the Leo Lionni blog hop on Monday, May 20th! The linky will be live for 3 weeks, so if you aren’t ready to post on the 20th… just join in when you can!

And even if you don’t join in, I hope you’ll spend a little time reading some of Leo Lionni’s books with kids this month.

Looking Back at Previous Authors 
Looking Ahead to Future Virtual Book Club Authors

June 17th-Gail Gibbons

July 15th- Jez Alborough

August 19th-Donald Crews Virtual Book Club for Kids Stop by and check out some of the other blogs that participate in The Virtual Book Club for Kids.

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If you are looking for more book-related activities to try now, check out the Virtual Book Club for Kids Pinterest Board.

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  1. I would love to join your virtual book club and my favorite Lionni is Frederick. I use it in my creative movement classes.

  2. We enjoyed discovering Leonni this month too and love your resources. I featured them in my Weekly Kid’s Co-Op Summer Reading List

  3. What great resources! I am adding to my buffer to share this week =-)

    Thanks for linking up at TGIF! and sharing your creativity with all of us I hope to see you linked up again today!

    Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =)

  4. Can I just say this is an awesome resource for Leo Lionni fun!! I’ve already pinned it and plan on referring back when I teach an author study about Lionni. Thanks for sharing over at Stress-Free Sunday. 🙂

    • Shaunna says:

      Thanks, Mary Catherine! The teacher in me gets so excited about collecting these resources…would have made planning so much easier for me when I was in the classroom! Now I also love to be able to find great resources quickly as I’m teaching at home. I’m glad you found this collection helpful!

  5. Awww…Adrian loves A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni (among others). Not sure we’ll have time to add more to our weekly theme by making some activities to go along with it but I’m sure we can take time to read the book again! 🙂

    • Shaunna says:

      I hope you do get to read it this week! And I look forward to seeing what the two of you have been up to this week…LOVE LOVE LOVE your theme posts!

  6. Thanks for all those wonderful links. We love Leo Lionni in my kindergarten class – and I am planning to join the Virtual Book Club this month.

    • Shaunna says:

      You’re welcome! I am excited to see which book and activity you choose for the Virtual Book Club!

  7. Great list of activities, Shaunna! I LOVE Leo Lionni books! I pinned your post to my Literature-Based Activities Board at

  8. Thanks for sharing this great list at TGIF!

  9. Thanks for a great resource, Shaunna!

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