The circus is coming to momstown this July - and we've got tons of great Circus-themed books for our toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy.
If I Ran the Circus by Dr. Seuss
A classic Dr. Seuss story about a young Morris McGurk who wants to build the Circus McGurkus. This is a fantastic book written in the traditional rhyme and nonsense style Seuss is famous for. It’s fairly long, so you’ll need an attentive (i.e. preschool aged) audience!
At the Circus by Sheryl McFarlane
“What’s that Sound?” series circus-themed board book. Describes all the circus elements by sound – trumpeting elephants thunder, thump... drum roll, gasp and sighs for the acrobats, etc. Short and sweet, covers all the exciting circus activities!
The Circus Alphabet by Linda Bronson
Great book to link letter recognition with a circus theme! Each page has an illustration facing the letter and simple text. A is for Audience, C is for Clown, J is for Juggler, etc. The illustrations are fantastic – not only are they circus-themed, but they are created from clay and other materials, and each object is formed the shape of the letter (i.e. a clay clown curved into the shape of a C). Kids can ‘find’ the letter in the illustration as you read through.
Spot goes to the Circus by Eric Hill
A traditional Spot lift the flap book, where Spot visits the circus and sees all kinds of circus friends, like a clown, an elephant, a lion, and some monkeys on a trapeze as he tries to retrieve his ball!
Circus Family Dog by Andrew Clements
Grumps is the circus family dog, who performs day after day at the Big Top. One day a new dog comes into the circus family, and he can perform more difficult tricks than Grumps. But Grumps shows his family that he can still perform, and the family makes sure he gets his share of smiles and cheers!
Have fun celebrating circus with your kids this summer!