Suggested Family Activity • National Paul Bunyan Day

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Suggested Family Activities: National Paul Bunyan Day

Today is National Paul Bunyan Day, a day to remember the tall tale of Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox Babe.   The giant lumberjack with tremendous strength is one of the most famous figures in North American folklore.  To read up on Paul Bunyan and Babe, check out the children’s books Paul Bunyan, A tall Tale by Steven Kellogg (also available in Spanish) or The Bunyans by Audrey Wood.  The compilations American Tall Tales by “Magic Tree House” author Mary Pope Osborne and Classic American Folk Tales by Steve Zorn have stories about Paul Bunyan and other folk heroes such as John Henry, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, and Davey Crockett.  Since we are celebrating our animal friends this summer, why not draw a picture of Paul and Babe to send to us?  Photos can be sent to

One of the sheets in this week’s Summer Reading Program activity packet contains a creative writing prompt that asks you to dream up any kind of animal you want.  The sheet has space where you can name your animal, draw a picture of it, and make up a story about it.  Who knows?  Maybe your animal will become a tall tale too!

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