Mini Picturebook Lesson 6: I AM BAT by Morag Hood


  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials for the Bat: paper, pipe-cleaners, coloured pens, scissors
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

STEP 1: Look at the Cover

LookDescribe the bat on the front cover: colour, position, face.
Predict Is the bat happy or sad? 
ResearchWhat do bats like to eat?  
ThinkDo bats like cherries? Do you like cherries? 
ChooseChoose three words to describe a cherry. 
PredictWhich other creatures like cherries?
CheckFind the meaning of the word ‘fangs’ in your dictionary.   

STEP 2: Listen and Watch

Listen & Watch (A) What is Morag Hood wearing on her head?
Pause and count. How many cherries can you see?
How will bat feel if you take his cherries?
 Which creatures take the bat’s cherries? 
 How does bat feel?
Listen & Watch (B)What fruit do the creatures give the bat to feel better? 
 Does the bat like the new fruit? What is it?

STEP 3: Add your Voice

CreateMake your own paper-bat. (download below) 
ActMake a happy, angry, ferocious and sad face. 
ObserveWhich fruit can you find in your kitchen or your local supermarket? 
Research Which other creatures have fangs? 
Your opinionWhy do you think the author chose cherries as the bat’s favourite fruit?
PersonaliseWhat is your favourite fruit? Why?
Your opinionDo you know any other animals which like fruit? 
Your OpinionWhat do you think is the message of this story? 
ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.  


©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

I AM BAT by Morag Hood, published by Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky 2017

Video © Scottish BookTrust