When asked, most preschoolers would claim that donuts are their favorite breakfast. These donut books are almost as sweet as the real thing! The best thing about these sweet treats – no calories or sticky fingers after enjoying them!
Dinosaurs Love Donuts by Tami Wyrick
Did you know that dinosaurs love donuts? This adorable story is about a boy named Tucker and his toy dinos. Find out what happens when Tucker’s dad brings home donuts for him to eat!
Extending the Learning: Set up a donut shop in the dramatic play area and invite students to bring their favorite toys to share in the fun!
Dozens of Doughnuts by Carrie Finison
Poor LouAnn! She just wants to enjoy some donuts before hibernating, but friends keep popping by, and she’s compelled to share. Will she ever get ANY donuts?
Extending the Learning: This book has several fun math lessons in it. First, point out to students that LouAnn has 12 donuts, and that “a dozen” is another word for 12. Then, as each guest arrives, the fair bear divides the dozen equally – a lesson in division at a preschool level! Finally, ask the students to go back and count the donuts each character has eaten and see who had the most in the end!
Hello, Arnie: An Arnie the Doughnut Story by Laurie Keller
Arnie the donut is outgoing and loves to greet all his fellow pastries at the bakery. But there’s one donut he doesn’t know yet – the READER! Students smile and giggle as Arnie tries to solve the mystery of the “giant donut.”
Extending the Learning: Is there a better time to introduce students to a game like “Twenty Questions?” (Although, depending on the age of the students, it might be wise to limit it to ten.)
Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
Mr. Panda keeps asking different black and white animals if they would like a donut. However, he gets responses that are rude, greedy, and demanding…until he gets to a polite lemur who adores donuts! If students love this story, there are several more Mr. Panda donut books available!
Extending the Learning: To go along with the black and white theme of the book, try this black and white opposites art project!
The Donut Chef by Bob Staake
A donut chef finds himself in a pickle when another chef moves next door and tries to lure all the customers away. Both chefs try more and more ridiculous donuts to entice customers, but at the very end, the chef realizes, with the help of a little girl, that sometimes simple is the best.
Extending the Learning: With the help of a local donut shop, have a donut flavor taste test! Students chart their answers using post-it notes or a pocket chart to see which donut THEY think is the best! Note: As with all food activities, please check with caregivers for allergies and food sensitivities before serving foods to children.
More Sweet Donut Books to Satisfy Cravings
- Donuts: the Hole Story by David W. Miles
- Norman, the Slug with a Silly Shell by Sue Hendra
- Lily Discovers People are Like Donuts by Rob Otte
- The Jelly Donut Difference by Maria Dismondy
- The Case of the Missing Donut by Alison McGhee
- Donuts with Dada by Emily E. Hughes
- If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff
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Donut Shop Dramatic Play$4.00
Set up an adorable DONUT SHOP dramatic play center for young children that incorporates sorting, counting, reading, and writing activities. Use these printables to organize and inspire learning through dramatic play.