When your Lil’ is first learning to read, they are going to rely heavily on pictures to help them decode unknown words. This is a great strategy that will really help your Lil’ build their confidence in their ability to read. Now of course your Lil’ is not quite ready to be reading independently, but you can start teaching them now to use the pictures to help with their comprehension of the story.
Teaching them to observe the pictures and draw conclusions will make this skill second nature, which means when they start to incorporate the reading portion, they will simply be adding one skill versus learning two at the same time.
Check out some of the observations and conclusions we made while reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. We made all of these observations and questions based off of the pictures.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills


  • Point to and comment on the pictures independently

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills


  • Make conclusions and observations about the text based on the pictures

Required Materials

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*If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Step #1
Here are some of the observations and conclusions from the pictures while reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
  • The little boy is giving the mouse a cookie.
  • The mouse drank all the milk and looks full.
  • The mouse is a cutting his hair. He needed a haircut like Derek (my one year old).
  • The boy is reading the mouse a book. It’s time to sleep.
  • The mouse is using the green crayon to color a picture.
  • The boy is in the chair. He looks tired.
  • The boy is holding the mouse. He loves him.


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