Doughnuts are my favorite food. So I looked for books on the tasty treat and was surprised to see how many there are – enough for a preschool storytime so long as the food police don’t protest. Many of us remember the out-of-control doughnut machine in HOMER PRICE by Robert McCloskey; it is still a great readaloud to primary graders. You could even expand on them to include shapes, especially things that are in a circle shape. Kids could decorate paper doughnuts with glitter, or could make a wreath craft: Ahead of time, have a volunteer cut out the inner circle of a paper plate so you end up with a wreath. Then, the kids trace their hands, and cut out the hands and glue them onto the wreath. Or, glue on small, squished up squares of colored tissue paper for a simple wreath. Add cut-out letters spelling out Welcome or the child’s name so it can serve as a door decoration.
Broach, Elise. WHEN DINOSAURS CAME WITH EVERYTHING. With hilarious cartoon illustrations by David Small, this new book shows that in one town, you get a free dinosaur if you buy a dozen donuts, or other merchandise!
Bond, Rebecca. THE GREAT DOUGHNUT PARADE. Billy walks down the street with a donut tied to his belt; soon, a stream of animals and people are following him!
Perez, Monica. CURIOUS GEORGE: THE DONUT DELIVERY. Based on the cartoon TV show.
Keller, Laurie. ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT. When Arnie releases his fate as a donut is to be eaten, he tries to convince his owner that he is better to keep around.
Cazet, Denys. MINNIE AND MOO: THE CASE OF THE MISSING JELLY DONUT. The comical cows of the popular easy reader series look for the person who stole their donut!
Herman, Gail. DISAPPEARING DONUTS. An easy reader mystery about donuts.
McLenighan, Valjean. ONE WHOLE DOUGHNUT, ONE DOUGHNUT HOLE. A simple book about homonyms.