Children’s Book of the Week: Elmer

book cover

On 23 May, join us in celebrating Elmer’s birthday.  This year, Elmer is celebrating everyone’s true colours.  Why not put on your favourite brightly coloured clothes and have a look at some of these wonderful Elmer resources?


Get your elephant ears ready to listen to author David McKee himself reading the Elmer story here




Over at Elmer HQ, you can download an activity pack that includes colouring sheets and crafts here.



puppet show

And if that wasn’t enough, sing along with Elmer and friends as they perform the song ‘Be a Rainbow’ from Elmer the Patchwork Elephant puppet show here.



The Royal Association for Deaf people has recorded lots of new children’s stories in British Sign Language.  Check out this lively reading of ‘Elmer’, accompanied by David McKee’s illustrations here.


For younger children, here are some lovely Elmer collage ideas, great for fine motor skills, colour matching and creativity and using whatever you have at home.  Click here to try one out.


And for more craft ideas, how about trying to make some Elmer suncatchers, or create an Elmer with sponge-printing or even some art inspired Elmers.  There is something to inspire everyone – just click here.


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