Preschool Storytime Ideas
Scarecrows – revised
Toddlers and preschoolers don’t see Scarecrows very often, except as a Halloween or Autumn decoration. So some of these stories will help them understand what a scarecrow does. For a craft, you can make this scarecrow paperbag decoration.
Brown, Margaret Wise. BIG RED BARN. Colors and farm animals are identified in this rhyming story that also features a scarecrow.
Brown, Margaret Wise. THE LITTLE SCARECROW BOY. Father Scarecrow says he may not be fierce enough, but that doesn’t deter Little Scarecrow from going to the field alone to scare the birds.
Cazet, Denys. NOTHING AT ALL. In this nearly wordless book, each animal makes a noise but scarecrow doesn’t speak until the very end.
Davis, Lee. P. B. BEAR’S SCARECROW. A rebus book illustrated with photographs.
Martin, Bill. BARN DANCE! A young boy joins the animals and scarecrow in a barn dance.
McGeorge, Constance. WALTZ OF THE SCARECROWS. Sarah discovers why Grandpa dresses his scarecrows in ballgowns and tuxedos.
Moulton, Mark. SCARECROW PETE. Elaborate illustrations highlight this story of a scarecrow that brings classic books to children; told in rhyme.
Rex, Michael. SCARECROW. In this easy reader, a scarecrow loses his hats, and finds several other hats while searching for his own.
Also see the previous Scarecrows storytime ideas page from October 2000.