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May's Author of the Month



Author of the Month: Deborah Diesen

For the month of May we will highlight the works of Deborah Diesen.

About Deborah Diesen

Deborah Diesen is the New York Times bestselling author of The Pout-Pout Fish, named by Time Magazine as one of the Ten Best Children’s Books of 2008, and The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark.

Diesen grew up in Midland, Michigan, and started writing poems at a young age. She has worked as a bookseller and a librarian, and now works for a small nonprofit organization, but her greatest joy comes from writing for children. She lives with her family in Grand Ledge, Michigan


May's Reading List


Toddlers will love swimming along with the Pout-Pout Fish as he turns little frowns into big smiles, goes to bed, and shows friends how much he loves them. With just one line of text per page, these simple, 12-page board books will send Debbie Diesen and Dan Hanna's much-loved Pout-Pout Fish flittering and swishing into the hearts and minds of very young children.

The Pout Pout Fish

Deep in the water,Mr. Fish swims about - With his fish face stuck - In a permanent pout. - Can his pals cheer him up? Will his pout ever end? Is there something he can learn - From an unexpected friend? Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading "dreary wearies" isn't really his destiny.

The Pout Pout Fish Goes to School

Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math―until he's reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills.

The Pout Pout Fish in the Big Big Dark

Mr. Fish wants to help his friend Ms. Clam when she loses her pearl, but though he's fast as a sailfish, as smart as dolphin, and as strong as a shark, Mr. Fish has a secret: he's scared of the dark!


The Pout Pout Fish and the Bully-Bully Shark

Pout-Pout Fish teaches a bully shark about kindness and being a friend. Swim along as he discovers the strength of his community, and the power of his own voice.

The Pout Pout Fish Cleans Up the Ocean

Mr. Fish and his friends have noticed something strange in their ocean―a big, big MESS! How did it get there? What can they do about it? The closer they look, the more they see where the mess came from . . . and they'll have to work together to get rid of it.

May's Artistic Corner


Paper Plate Jelly Fish

For May, we focus on sea life and the ocean.


  • paper plate

  • tempra paint

  • scissors/hole punch

  • glue

  • yarn

  • goggly eyes



  • Paint paper plates the color of choice. Let dry. Fold in half.

  • Glue on goggly eyes and punch holes to attach yarn for tentacles. 


Stamp Art

To learn about marine animals, we'll stamp sea life.

Finger Print Turtles

We'll using our finger prints to create green sea turtles, swimming to the sea. 

May's Inspired Snack

Watermelon Fish and Crabby Apple 




May's Science & Civics Lab

Life Cycle of a Sea Turtle

Community Helpers





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