Reader Engagement Project:

A Whale Migration Game for Classrooms, Libraries, Bookstores, & Other Mammal Loving Locales

Encouraging readers (ages 5-10) to imagine both the perils and delights of being a baby humpback on its first migration through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Book
In the new non-fiction picture book Here Come the Humpbacks! by acclaimed science writer April Pulley Sayre, young readers follow along as a mother humpback whale and her calf make their annual trek from the warm waters of the Caribbean to their summer feeding grounds off the coast of New England and back again. Within this extraordinary story of migration, Sayre provides information about how humpback whales breathe, sing, and how they got their name—a secondary layer of text expands upon the more intricate details.  Jamie Hogan’s stunning, rich pastel illustrations complement Sayre’s text beautifully, and make this book a great choice for a read-aloud in the classroom, library, or at home.

“The stunning art and well-presented information make this an attractive addition to any collection.”  –School Library Journal

Here Come the Humpbacks Game

Photo by Greta Rybus

The Project
With the set-up of 10 stations with posters and game cards (included in this kit) plus a small amount of simple items purchased for under $40, you can recreate the perils and delights of being a baby humpback on its first migration through the Atlantic Ocean for your readers.

After a reading of the picture book, Here Come the Humpbacks!, your readers will be given a game card that sends them searching for the first station, encourages them to do an action, and asks them to take the next card to lead them to the next station. Moving through the stations, your readers will swim through the scenes in the non-fiction book. At the end of their journey, they get a card telling them how they can help humpback whales.

The event is a way to not only highlight the acclaimed Here Come the Humpbacks!, but your whole collection of ocean life books!

Photo by Greta Rybus

Photo by Greta Rybus

Tools for Engagement:

• Download Here Come the Humpbacks!: A Whale Migration Game (PDF)
• View photos of the event

Best Users:

Public Children’s Librarians, Play Groups, School Librarians, Grades Pre-K-4, Bookstores, Aquariums, Nature Centers, Whale Watches

Best Audience: Children Grades PreK-4

Based on the Book:

Here Come the Humpbacks!
By April Pulley Sayre
Illustrated by Jamie Hogan
Published by Charlesbridge Publishers
Hardcover ISBN-13: 9781580894050
Paperback ISBN-13: 9781580894067
E-book ISBN-13: 9781607345862

Age range: 5-10 Years

Find a copy of the book:
Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Local Library


Here Come the Humpbacks Game

Photo by Greta Rybus




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