I Don't Want to be a Frog written by Dev Petty, illustrated by Mike Boldt is a hilarious story that I fell in love with this year! This young frog just doesn't want to be a slimy frog, but he is. He'd rather be a rabbit or pig or owl. He doesn't like eating bugs or being wet. He comes across a dog that tells him it's good he's not a cat or rabbit because that's what he loves to eat. All in all, the young frog begins to appreciate who he is.
The digital art is is a little quirky and quite fun. It uses speech balloons for when the animals talk back and forth which is very affective.
This title will fit right in using it for print awareness in Early Literacy uses and for Letter Knowledge and Writing. I'd also point out to parents how this story is all about the adult frog and younger frog having a conversation, so it certainly uses Talking from Early Literacy too.
Teachers and parents can bring Science into this story with what different animals eat, and their habitats too. This could introduce the concepts of herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.
I'll use this story whenever I can with Preschoolers to 3rd graders. It's one of my favorites of the year.