When setting up a special thematic dramatic play center, like this Hospital, always look for ways to incorporate extra literacy elements. A clipboard with paper and a pen, small notebooks, an eye chart…all are great additions. Adding magazines, newspapers and catalogs make a dramatic play center feel more “real world” to students with budding imaginations. One of the most important literacy tools is a collection of appropriately aged books. Having a special section with books related to the theme help build interest and give students a greater knowledge base to draw from when they play. Here are some great preschool doctor books to include in the book nook or in the dramatic play center waiting room!
- Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
- A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
- Arthur’s Chicken Pox by Marc Brown
- Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney
- Here are my Hands by Bill Martin, Jr.
- Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
- How do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen
- My Trip to the Hospital by Mercer Mayer
- From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
- Franklin Goes to the Hospital by Paulette Bourgeois
- A Day in the Life of a Doctor by Heather Adamson
- A Day in the Life of a Nurse by Connie Fluet
- Going to the Doctor by Anne Civardi
- The Human Body by Scholastic
- Germs are not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick
- Me and My Senses by Joan Sweeney
- Hear your Heart by Paul Showers
- Me and My Amazing Body by Joan Sweeney
- What’s Inside My Body? by Angela Royston
- My Body by Patty Caratello
Hopefully, adding these preschool doctor books to the dramatic play center makes everyone feel “all better!”
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