Elementary school age programs


Books for Share

  • Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco.
  • The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous.
  • Eggbert the Slightly Cracked Egg by Tom Ross.
  • Eggs Mark the Spot by Mary Jane Auch.

Books To Show or Booktalk

  • Bently and Egg by William Joyce.
  • The Emperor's Egg by Martin Jenkins.
  • The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth.
  • Humpty Dumpty Egg-splodes by Kevin O’Malley.
  • Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco.
  • Secret Signs: an Escape through the Underground Railroad by Anita
  • Riggio.


Locate someone in your community who collects ceramic, glass, or other eggs or check with local gift shops and ask the owner to lend some eggs to the library. Display them with books about decorative eggs.


The Ostrich

(By Ogden Nash.)

The ostrich roams the great Sahara.

Its mouth is wide, its neck is narra.

It has such long and lofty legs,

I'm glad it sits to lay its eggs.

Eggs Rated

"Eggs Rated" in Falling Up by Shel Silverstein.

Humpty Dumpty

“Humpty Dumpty” in For Laughing Out Loud edited by Jack Prelutsky.


Tell the Aesop’s fable, “The Goose with the Golden Eggs.” The fable is very short and is easy to tell, especially for new tellers. Try Aesop’s Fables illustrated by Jerry Pinkney or any other collection of Aesop’s fables. The story is also available online at www.bartleby.com/17/1/57.html.

Prop Story

Tell The Most Wonderful Egg in the World by Helmen Heine. This short story is especially recommended for intergenerational and family programs. The script, patterns, and instructions for the story are available beginning on page 107 in Books in Bloom: Creative Patterns and Props That Bring Stories to Life by Kimberly K. Faurot.


"Faberge" Eggs

  • Plastic eggs
  • Craft glue or glue gun
  • Ribbon scraps, stickers,
  • Glitter, small “jewels,” silver and gold string, and other sparkly items

Display pictures of real Faberge eggs for inspiration and show the children a few examples. Check the adult collection for books like Masterpieces from the House of Faberge by A. Von Solodkoff or Faberge Eggs by Susanna Pfeffer. Some photographs of the eggs can be found online at www.geocities.com/Paris/Rue/4819/felist.html.

Let each child decorate an egg. Use craft glue or have volunteers help with a glue gun to attach ribbon, plastic jewels, and other decorations. Use plastic egg cups or cut sections from old egg cartons to use as egg stands to display these "Faberge" eggs.

Pysanky Eggs

  • Paper plates, uncoated
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Toothpicks or other blunt instruments

Decorated egg


Real pysanky eggs are decorated using wax and dye. Make a pysanky egg design by cutting out an egg shape from the center of the paper plate. Use a variety of colored crayons to cover the egg in splotches or stripes of color. After several different colors have been applied, cover the whole egg with a single, dark color such as black, red, or deep blue. Then use the toothpick or other blunt instrument to scratch designs into the egg. Use geometric shapes and repeated patterns for the best effect.


You’re a Good Egg!

Get a large piece of cardboard from an appliance box or a sheet of plywood. Paint a colorful egg-shaped character, such as Humpty Dumpty on the front of the box. Cut a hole where the face would be. Let kids look through the hole. Take their pictures using a digital camera or Polaroid. Let the children take their pictures home.

The Floating Egg

Show how salt can make an egg float. Place a hard-boiled egg in a tall, clear glass or large, glass measuring cup filled with 1 1/2 cups of water so the children can see it sink. Remove the egg. Add three to four tablespoons of salt to the water and stir until the salt has dissolved. Place the egg in the salt water and it will float. Why? The salt has increased the density of the water.

Egg in a Bottle

Learn how to make an egg slide through the narrow neck of a one-gallon bottle at www.familytlc.net/issues/april2003/science_5_630.html.

The Rubber Egg

If time permits you to start an experiment one week and finish it the next, try the Rubber Egg trick. Pour a cup of vinegar into a jar. Add a hardboiled egg, in the shell, to the vinegar. Leave the egg in the vinegar for a few days. You’ll notice bubbles from the vinegar rising to the top. When you take the hard-boiled egg out of the jar, the shell will be soft, like rubber. Why? The acetic acid in the vinegar caused a chemical reaction with the calcium eggshell. All of the calcium bubbled away as carbon dioxide was released. If you leave the egg out in the air for a few days it will become hard again as it absorbs carbon back from the air in the room. Mixed with the calcium that remains in the egg, the shell becomes hard again.

Guest Speaker

Invite a science teacher to do some “hands on” science with eggs. Many fascinating experiments show the characteristics of the egg. If no guest speaker is available, do some simple experiments or invite another staff member to do some. Several are suggested in this section. Try each experiment in advance to be certain that it works!

Audio Recording

“Humpty Dumpty” on Bahama Pajamas by Joe Scruggs.


  • Egg-ceptional. (9 minutes)
  • The Most Wonderful Egg in the World. (5 minutes)
  • The Talking Eggs. (25 minutes)

Web Sites


Treasures of the World: Faberge Eggs


Texas Reading Club 2004 Programming Manual / Color Your World...Read!

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

Page last modified: June 14, 2011