Preschool and Picture Books

Theme: Physical Challenges

A Sick Day for Amos McGee - (ISBN: 978-1596434028)

by Philip Christian Stead

When the elderly Amos, a worker at the local zoo, fails to show up to care for his daily charges, an elephant, tortoise, penguin, rhinoceros, and owl, they take his usual bus trip in reverse and come to care for him. Each offers a special kind of caring as they help him get back to normal. What can each member of your family do to comfort the others when they are under the weather?

Boo Hoo Bird - (ISBN: 978-0545065702)

by Jeremy Tankard

After a sudden blow to the head, Bird is inconsolable -- despite his friends’ efforts to comfort him. Is Bird really hurt that badly, or is he enjoying the role of the injured? Talk about how long he should cry if the injury is not all that serious.

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - (ISBN: 978-0316931274)

by Mary Ann Hoberman

This rhymed verse or song, loved for many generations, challenges credibility as the lady swallows larger and larger objects. Will she really die? Enjoy this lighthearted version of an easy-to-remember circle story. Children will soon be singing and chanting along with reading.

Itchy, Itchy Chicken Pox - (ISBN: 978-0590449489)

by Grace MacCarone

This very simple, rhyming text offers comfort to families with children suffering from chicken pox. After a few reads, your sons and daughters will be able to join in as you go through its pages.

Little Flower - (ISBN: 978-0805064803)

by Gloria Rand

Little Flower, a pot-bellied pig, loves to play “dead.” One day her owner falls, and Little Flower must find help for her. This resourceful pig manages to attract the attention of some community members who help the woman to the hospital. After the woman recovers, the entire family begins to see Little Flower in a different, more positive way.

The Lady with the Alligator Purse - (ISBN: 978-0316931366)

by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Enjoy this ridiculous saga about what to do when your baby swallows his own bath water and even tries to eat the tub. When mother calls for medical help, she finally resorts to asking the lady with the reptile handbag! What brings the baby back to normal?

Boo Hoo Boo-Boo - (ISBN: 978-0694015665)

by Marilyn Singer

Buzzy's Boo-Boo - (ISBN: 159354023X)

by Harriet Ziefert

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? - (ISBN: 978-0439241007)

by Jane Yolen

The Getting Better Book - (ISBN: 978-0233977508)

by Claire Rayner

Activities for this Theme

Listen to Judy Collins sing “An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”


Learn how to put on a bandage


Select, print, and create a get-well card for an ailing friend or relative