More Foolish Than Ever

A dozen modified (for maximum silliness) picture book covers to use in libraries or the classroom in honor of April Fool's Day | Hafuboti

Last year I had quite a memorable passive event on April Fool’s Day (basically, I fooled people so well that three of my five “silly cover” books were checked out to patrons. Side Note: every single one was returned a few weeks later with their sticky-tacked covers still on them. I never found out if the patrons were disappointed to discover that the stories were different from what was on the books’ covers).

Well, I’ve been greatly anticipating April Fool’s this year so that I could add to the silly covers and correct last year’s bizarre incident. As a result, I have all of the covers prepped early, including two worksheets with which the kids can practice their writing, and maybe become a keepsake. As a result of that, I can share all of my work with you so that you can use my silly covers for your own purposes! I’m so excited to share these with y’all!!! And before April 1st!!!!!

So, without further ado, here are the silly covers for this year’s April Fool’s Day. Okay, so a little more ado: click on any image to get a much larger (no frills) version of any of the images or worksheets. Hover over the image if you want to see the book’s real title. Oh, and the two worksheets are at the bottom (in case you’d rather not make posters – it’s all good).

A "silly cover" version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar for April Fool's Day | Hafuboti

A "silly cover" version of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom for April Fool's Day | Hafuboti

A "silly cover" version of Clifford the Big Red Dog for April Fool's Day | Hafuboti

The "silly cover" version of 101 Dalmatians for April Fool's Day | Hafuboti

A "silly cover" version of No, David! for April Fool's Day | Hafuboti

A "silly cover" version of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! for April Fool's Day | Hafuboti

A "silly cover" version of Horton Hears a Who! for April Fool's Day | Hafuboti

A "silly cover" version of Llama Llama Red Pajama for April Fool's Day | Hafuboti

A "silly cover" version of Thomas and the Naughty Diesel for April Fool's Day | Hafuboti

A "silly cover" version of The Giving Tree for April Fool's Day | Hafuboti

A "silly cover" version of Where the Wild Things Are for April Fool's Day | Hafuboti

A "silly cover" version of Miss Nelson Is Missing for April Fool's Day | Hafuboti

A super-silly passive activity for libraries or a classroom in honor of April Fool's Day | HafubotiStretching the super-silliness into a creative writing (and even drawing) exercise for children | Hafuboti

My plans are to print out the book covers onto ledger paper, trim, and stick them up above our bench where we do our big displays. I’ll probably add a sign about being silly, and then include the worksheets both with the display and at our activity tables. For the display itself we’re going to put joke books and other funny items. These will stay up for the entire month of April (and not just for the 1st). I’ll definitely post a picture of it when it’s done.

As always, feel free to take anything I’ve put here and tweak it to make it your own – or just use it as-is! Sorry that most of the images have our barcode on them – it would’ve been too much of a timesuck to remove them. Also, I’d love to know if you actually do end up using any of this stuff in any way. I’d also enjoy knowing which are your favorite covers – feel free to share in the comments (which I usually close after a month or two to cut down on spam).

Have fun!

6 thoughts on “More Foolish Than Ever

  1. These are hilarious! Thank you for sharing them – still 1/4 year away from April Fools but I would love to see how the kiddies at my library would like them!

    • I absolutely adore your fun covers! And I’m beyond thrilled to have inspired you to such silly heights! I hope that you make this an annual tradition – cuz you gots mad photoshop skillz :D

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