Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the BusThis year is the ten year anniversary of Mo Willems’ first Pigeon book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and we recently celebrated at the library! We head a great turnout. Kids really love the Pigeon. (Who wouldn’t?) One child even dressed up as the Pigeon! His mother made the costume for Halloween, and he was happy to have the chance to wear it again. When he walked in he sat down and announced, “Can I drive the bus?” The kids thought this was hysterical, and it was a great way to start the party!

After introductions and talking about the Pigeon’s tenth birthday, we read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (of course). Afterwards, we sang the Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Song, sung to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus. See the lyrics here.

Then we played a round of Duck, Duck, Pigeon – which is basically the same thing as Duck, Duck, Goose, except the Goose becomes the Pigeon!

I asked the kids to tell me the Pigeon’s two favorite foods. They immediately knew the answer: hot dogs and cookies! We followed that up by reading The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! by Mo Willems

Next we played Hot Cookie, our own version of Hot Potato. You can play this with anything soft, round and “cookie-like.” As the kids passed around the “cookie,” we chanted, “Hot cookie, hot cookie, who’s got the hot cookie? If you got the hot cookie, you are out.” The children were all good sports, and we played until one person was left.

Then it was craft time. We made a cute toilet paper tube pigeon craft, which you can find here.

What’s a birthday party without cake? Only at this party we didn’t light cake-we lit a hot dog! I put ten birthday candles in a hot dog and lit them. The kids sang “Happy Birthday, dear Pigeon” and blew out the candles together.

To end our party, we enjoyed hot dog shaped cookies (Vienna fingers) and blue (Pigeon colored) punch. Thanks to Papa J Funk for the brilliant idea of combining the hot dog and cookie them in one snack!

I took lots of pictures and the kids took home lots of books—Pigeon and otherwise. I think the Pigeon would have been pleased (even though we still didn’t let him drive the bus)!

Until next time, Happy Reading!


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