Please, Mr. Panda

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This Month’s Book: Please, Mr. Panda
Our Cover to Cover Book of the Month for December Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony.  This fun book, with beautiful monochromatic illustrations,  provides a great opportunity to talk about manners and courtesy. Ask your child why they think Steve Antony chose all the animals in the book. What do they all have in common?


“Please” is the magic word! Talk with your child about possible reasons why Mr. Panda changes his mind about sharing his doughnuts. What other kind words are used in the book? Why is it important to use kind words?




Elaborate on the concept of kindness and good manners by singing “Where is Thumbkin?” This simple finger play will get your little one learning how to control the muscles necessary for holding their first pencil. Click here for the lyrics to ‘Where is Thumbkin?” 



Please, Mr. Panda is full of cute little critters. Invite your child to talk about the animals they are familiar with. Where do those animals live?



Mr. Panda has so many yummy doughnuts to share! Use this simple recipe to make your very own homemade play dough and then create and decorate your own doughnuts for sharing!

Find the recipe here


Join the Conversation!

Share your experience with Please, Mr. Panda and be entered into a raffle to win next month’s C2C Book Club title! For example, you could:

  • Tell us about your child’s favorite part of the story.
  • Send a video of you sharing the book together.
  • Send a picture of you and your child making play dough doughnuts.

Share your photos and videos with us on Twitter and Instagram and be sure to tag Make Way for Books. For example:

@mwfbaz The doughnuts in Please, Mr. Panda looked delicious. Just remember to say please! #storytime

Or email us your photo or video at

Be creative! We can’t wait to see what you loved about Please, Mr. Panda!