“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Are You Ready to Play Outside?. Written and illustrated by Mo Willems. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, c2008.
Reading Level: Lexile 140L
Synopsis: Piggie and Gerald (an elephant) are excited about playing outside when they feel a drop of rain. Piggie hates the rain until he sees two worms having a blast playing in the rain. He decides to try it and loves it too. When the rain stops, Piggie is disappointed once again until Gerald makes it rain on Piggie again by spraying water out of his trunk.
Rationale for Use in the Classroom: fun easy reader for beginning readers, speech bubbles make it a good way to practice reading expression, the two characters make for a good partner reading book
Content Area Connections:
Science- discuss weather and why we need the different kinds of weather
Possible Areas of Concern: using the illustrations to tell the story since the text is limited