2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Simon’s New Bed

Simon's New Bed book coverSimon’s New Bed” by Christian Trimmer is a classic tale of dog vs. cat, canine vs. feline, lovable mutt vs. aloof mouser and, in their case, Simon vs. Miss Adora Belle.

Simon the dog is so excited about his new bed that he can hardly wait to break it in. He carefully prepares for his afternoon snooze, only to discover that HIS new bed is already occupied. Simon does his best to coax Miss Adora Belle off her perch, but to no avail. Will Simon get to sleep in his new bed? Will Miss Adora Belle give up her cozy corner? Or will the prophetic words of Bill Murray finally come true–“Dogs and cats living together…mass hysteria!”

This book provides a great opportunity for readers to discuss ways to handle difficult situations, problem solving and the importance of sharing. Here are some ways you can keep the story going:

  • Have your child decorate a paper plate or paper circle as a pet bed. Cut out a dog and a cat. Glue them to the bed.
  • Use dog and cat pictures as puppets by gluing each animal to a craft stick. Cut a slit in a paper plate or paper circle. Push the puppets through the slit to retell the story.
  • Sing songs! Try Raffi’s classic “Sharing Song” or “Ten in the Bed” by Sharon, Lois and Bram.

Once you have read at least five Missouri Building Block nominees, help your child vote for their favorite.