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Museum Exploration for Young Readers in Fun Picture Book

Updated on January 24, 2019
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Fun Picture Book to Introduce Museums to Young readers

How about a birthday party at a local museum?
How about a birthday party at a local museum? | Source

Explore a Museum with Mason and His Friends

It is never too early to introduce children to the exciting things that can be discovered by visiting a museum. Parents can find many ways to explore a local museum or a museum in a different town or city while on vacation. Science museums, art museums, and special museums that are designed only for children are available. Karen LeFrak's Sleepover At The Museum is a fun picture book to read with young children before visiting a museum. Come along with Mason as he prepares to have his birthday party at the natural history museum.

Mason's parents are giving a birthday party for Mason at their local natural history museum. Mason has invited his friends to attend his party and everyone is excited. A special activity with a scavenger hunt through the museum will provide everyone the opportunity to explore all of the exciting exhibits that are found at the museum. They are also scouting for a great area to spend the night inside the museum. The dinosaurs might be too scary to place their sleeping bags next to. There are several rooms to choose from. Children will find this picture book to be a page turner to find out which room in the museum is the room that Mason and his friends choose to place their sleeping bags in for their birthday sleepover party.

LeFrak also adds an interesting list of natural history museums in several cities that parents might like to add to a family vacation. David Bucs contributes his talent as an illustrator with his colorful and cartoon-like illustrations. Sleepover At The Museum was published by Crown Books for Young Readers, a division of Random House Children's Books. It is recommended for ages 3-8 and has an ISBN of 978-1-5247-7140-9.

Colorful Cartoon-Like Illustrations for Exploring the Museum

Everyone is excited to visit the natural history museum
Everyone is excited to visit the natural history museum | Source
The T. Rex is fantastic
The T. Rex is fantastic | Source
You might find a space exhibit at a natural history museum or other science museum
You might find a space exhibit at a natural history museum or other science museum | Source
Mason and his friends decide on the room that they want to spend the night in at the museum
Mason and his friends decide on the room that they want to spend the night in at the museum | Source

Bring Mason and His Museum Exploration to Your Classroom

Karen LeFrak's Sleepover At The Museum is a fun picture book to introduce young children to museums and all of the exciting things that can be found at a museum. The book offers a variety of activities to enhance the reading experience with the book. I always found picture books to be a rich supply of lesson activities for my early childhood classroom teaching career.

*Read Sleepover At The Museum in a story time session. Introduce the concept of a museum to students. Take a class poll of students who might have been to any type of museum with their parents.

*Call attention to the inside cover illustrations of the numbered exhibits that Mason and his friends will visit at the natural history museum.

*Provide time for students to enjoy each page of illustrations as the story is read.

*Mason and his friends will participate in a scavenger hunt as they explore the different rooms at the museum. You might provide a similar activity in your classroom for students to participate in a scavenger hunt of their own. Plan a reward for students who solve all of the clues and find the items that you place around the room for the scavenger hunt.

*Plan a class field trip to a museum in your town or city if possible. Mason had his birthday party at the natural history museum. You might plan a special activity at the museum that you choose for your students. Museum curators are always happy to prepare special activities for visiting children.

*Invite a museum curator or museum docent from a local museum to visit your classroom.

*Prepare an area in your classroom in which students can organize exhibits of special objects that they bring from home. What kind of museum would they like to organize for the classroom?

© 2019 Cindy Hewitt

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