Get ready to bust out your silliest frog impressions and celebrate the magic of an extra day with leap year books for kids! Some of these picture books are about the actual day, February 29th, and some just include the word “leap” in the title.
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Leap Year Books
Leap’s Day by Stephanie Simmons
Leap’s Day is a story about the calendar, friendship and the things that make us special. Join Leap as he sets out to find a special day – a “birthday” – for each one of his friends, only to discover that he must first create a calendar. Leap works with his dad to unravel the mystery of years, months, days and dates – and of course that pesky little day that comes along just once every four years.
It’s My Birthday…Finally! by Michelle Whitaker Winfrey
It’s My Birthday…Finally! is a story about a boy named Miles who born on February 29. On Saturday, Miles will be celebrating his birthday. Even though he’s happy, there seems to be some confusion about exactly how old Miles will be! Will he be eight or will be be just two?
Leap! by JonArno Lawson
A flea’s clever-legs twitch and he LEAPS into the path of a grasshopper. Which so startles the grasshopper that, she, in turn, LEAPS onto a bunny. And so it goes, dog, fish, bullfrog, horse and dog again, each leaping and upsetting the next. Until the dog finds herself in that same deep green moss. The flea sees his chance and leaps onto the dog. And, at last, they both fall asleep!
Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson
A little frog’s first leap out into the world is a big, scary thing. But luckily, his mama is always there to catch him when he comes home. As the leaps get bigger, the frog gets braver—and before he knows it, he’s soaring out to the moon and beyond! This loveable little frog will hurdle his way into your heart. Come leap along, and see what it’s like to shoot for the stars…and always have a landing pad ready to catch you.
One Giant Leap by Robert Burleigh
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person in history to set foot on the moon. As he did so, he uttered his famous declaration: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But how did he and Buzz Aldrin reach the moon? What was their journey like? In this gorgeously illustrated book, readers join the crew of Apollo 11 as they race into space and reach incredible new heights.
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks easy,” says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns.
But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board.
I hope that these Leap Year books books will make February 29th come alive for your students!
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