Top Secret Adventures

Books to Share

  • Bookstore Burglar by Barbara Maitland.
  • Julian Secret Agent by Ann Cameron.
  • Robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner by Eileen Christelow.
  • Secret in the Dungeon by Fernando Kahn.
  • Where Do Balloons Go? by Jamie Lee Curtis.

Books to Show and Booktalk

  • Kidnap at the Catfish Cafe by Patricia Reilly Giff.
  • Galileo's Treasure Box by Catherine Brighton.
  • Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying by Barbara Park.

Bulletin Board

Can You Keep A Secret?

Cover the bulletin board in a bright colored paper. Make a large book from a poster board and add the slogan, "Can You Keep a Secret?" to the front of it. On the inside of the poster board book, write information about Storytime or other upcoming programs at the library.

Display

Top Secret Book

Decorate a box with bright paper question marks. Cut slits to let in light on the top of the box and a peephole on one side. Inside the box, place a book. Change the book weekly. Surround the box with mystery books that may be checked out.

Puppet Fingerplay

Could It Be?

(Repeat this traditional rhyme twice. The second time through, hide a finger puppet on your thumb and surprise the children!)

Here is a box (Make fist on one hand)


Put on a lid (Cover fist with other hand)


I wonder whatever inside it is hid.


Could it be? (Peek in)


Yes, without a doubt (Peek in again)


Let's open our box and let it come out (Open fist and pop out thumb)

Action Rhyme

Balloons

(Traditional. If the alternate ending is used, follow this rhyme by reading the book, Where Do Balloons Go? by Jamie Lee Curtis.)

Five little balloons, going up, up, up. (Sail fingers upward)


One little balloon popped (Clap hand loudly)


Then there were four.

Four little balloons, going up, up, up...

Three little balloons going up, up, up...

Two little balloons going up, up, up...

Then there was one little balloon (Sail one finger sadly up)


That little balloon popped


And then there were none. (Palms up and shrug)

Alternate ending:


Then there was one little balloon (Sail up one finger)


Who sailed away (Place hand over eyes and look up)


Which brings me to the great mystery…


Where do balloons go? (Shrug shoulders up)

Story

Tell "The Chase" from Mystery Fold: Stories to Tell, Draw, and Fold by Valerie Marsh.

Craft

Top Secret Puzzle

Materials

  • Blank puzzles
  • Markers

Directions

Let each child create a top-secret message or picture on a blank puzzle.

Activities

I Spy Word Search

Let the children find and circle the words with the help of an adult.

I SPY WORD SEARCH

Find the words listed above by looking in each line.

CAT

DOG

SPY

TOP

BAT

BALL

 

C

A

T

H

B

A

T

 

B

S

B

A

L

L

P

T

O

P

X

S

P

Y

U

V

Y

D

O

G

M

Professional Resource

Mystery Fold: Stories to Tell, Draw, and Fold by Valerie Marsh.

 



Texas Reading Club 2003 Programming Manual / Mission Possible Spy Book!


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011