Silly Lilly in What Will I Be Today?

LillySilly Lilly in What Will I be Today?, by Agnes Rosenstiehl
Published by Toon Books
ISBN: 978-1-93517-908-5

Hands down, Toon Books and Agnes Rosentiehl are the key players in setting the stage for early reader comics.  Her second Toon Book, Silly Lilly in What Will I be Today? is an adventurous journey for any young reader.  It’s also a brilliant and fun way for teachers and librarians to hit on popular early reader topics, such as the days of the week, colors, creativity, and schema-building. 

In fact, this little story is so engaging and adventurous I found myself wondering what I was going to do today, tomorrow, and the next day. Today I am going to watch the women’s world cup.  Tomorrow I am going to make up for lost time from watching the women’s world cup, reading and writing to my heart's delight.  And the next day?  Well, I'll probably play with my dogs and keep on reading and writing. 

What will you and your students do on Monday?  Tuesday?  Wednesday?  And so on.  Silly Lilly has some ideas.  You can hang out with Silly Lilly each day, or you may want to come up with your own daily activities?  An excellent opportunity for teachers and librarians to engage students with an adorable character and her (and, in contrast, their own) awesome adventures, Silly Lilly in What Will I be Today? is a valuable early reader text that belongs in classrooms and libraries alike.

English Language Arts Elements of Story

Plot: What will Lilly be each day of the week?

Setting: Lilly's house, the city/yard

Characters: Lilly, Teddy

Themes: Days of the Week, Adventure, Decision-making

Traditional Literature Pairing Suggestions: Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are or In the Night Kitchen, Jamie Lee Curtis' Today I Feel Silly, Todd Parr's It's Ok to Be Different, Jeff Smith's Little Mouse Gets Ready, Geoffrey Hayes' Benny and Penny in Just Pretend

 Some Teaching Recommendations For PreK – 3rd Grade Readers

Suggested Alignment to the IRA /NCTE Standard(s):*

- standard #s correspond to the numbers used by IRA/NCTE

1. Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment.  Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works. 

3. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate and appreciate texts.

Suggested PreK – 3rd Grade Lesson Plan: 

To introduce Silly Lilly in What Will I Be Today? teachers and librarians can offer students a handout with the 7 days of the week on it.  Ask students if they know anything about the days of the week.  List their ideas on the board.  After this discussion, focus students on the days of the week handout and tell them that you are going to read them a story about what a character named Lilly does each day of the week.






































As you read the book, and project the student-friendly handout, ask students to fill in the columns as you go; they should feel free to either write or draw their ideas. "What does Lilly want to be on Monday? Tuesday? Wednesday? Thursday? Friday? Saturday? Sunday?" Next, ask students to think about what they want to be each day.

Just as they drew or wrote what Lilly wanted to be each day, ask them to draw or write what they want to be each day.

Katie Monnin, PhD, is an assistant professor of literacy at the University of North Florida and author of Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom (2010) from Maupin House. To learn more about Teaching Graphic Novels or Katie Monnin, please go to this link: http://www.maupinhouse.com/monnin.php.