Dilly Duck Plays All Day
Mom’s Choice Award: Gold Recipient
2022 Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winner – 1st Place for Picture Books 5 & Younger
On the bank of a great big lake in a park called Wonder Wake, Dilly Duck sits all alone, so sad and bored on her own. There is just one thing to do. Find her friends, her flock, her crew!
DILLY DUCK PLAYS ALL DAY is a rhyming picture book written to expand pre-reading skills, math skills, and emotional vocabulary for children ages 2-6. Parents and teachers will use this book as a school readiness tool as well as an anchor for extension activities. A captivating read from author Holly DiBella-McCarthy. Enjoy a day with Dilly Duck and her friends in this interactive, rhythmic story!
5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite
I am always mentally tabulating conversation prompts for my kids so the pleasant surprise of having the work done for me, and done so well, was amazing…Counting, social studies, environmental nods, and a fun reading experience are all a parent looks for, and Dilly does deliver. – Asher Syed, Readers’ Favorite
– Publishing Date: September 6th, 2022
– Dimensions: 8 x 10
– ISBN: 978-1-955767-25-5
– Library of Congress Number: 2022902149
– Hardcover Bound
– E-Version available
– Publisher: BiblioKid Publishing
– Author: Holly DiBella-McCarthy
– Illustrator: Pradyut Chaterjee
Shel Curry –
If we could only be like Dilly Duck and play all day. No worries. No stress. Just pure fun. Holly DiBella-McCarthy’s masterpiece will have young readers yearning for more rhymes. I love a good rhyming read and Holly also incorporates some simple math strategies into the story. Young readers will resonate with the various friendships forged along the way, how Dilly Duck uses his super friendly powers to engage his friends to try new things. From dancing and discovering to creating new ideas and being a role model, Dilly shows the importance of a true friend. I can’t wait to read this wonderful story with my little ones.
Alyson Bowen –
We love a good rhyming read too! Thanks Shel 💗
Elizabeth A McDaniel –
Dilly Duck Plays All Day is rich in language and messages for young learners and readers. Clever choices of rhyming words foster fun and stimulate language development. Dynamic illustrations bring the story to life and prompt discussion of the characters’ friendship, generosity, safety and fun. Lucky readers who engage with young children in reading this charming book can also be enriched by the messages and vivid images of Dilly Duck Plays All Day.
From the cover and all through the book, Dilly makes me smiles as does each new duck who joins the group. “Together is better” brings forth not only good memories but reminders for both adults and children about the value of friendship.
Dede Dankelson –
Engaging rhymes and colorful illustrations make this a fun read together that also sneaks in counting. The underlying message of friendship and being there for one another is another reason to love this story.
Catherine Carter –
A lovely little rhyming story, perfect for little ones! Especially good for little ones learning to count. My daughter liked that on each page a new duck appeared and counted the ducks each time!
Ashley Milardo –
This book was amazing. The illustrations are adorable, Dilly duck is relatable and endearing, and the resources available at the end of the book and on the website are top notch. This book incorporates math, literacy skills, social emotional learning, and is just fun! Great for use in the classroom, as a bedtime story, or just for fun! Highly recommend to anyone with a young child.
Erin Murphy –
This book is a literally grand slam~ counting, emotional engagement, and playful rhyme text. I am an author and respect the challenges of incorporating all of these elements into a picture book. The illustrations pop and the text glides. Additionally, I enjoyed learning about the author from her listed website in the book and hope others visit her website too. Highly recommended, particularly for a classroom setting.
Michele C –
My granddaughter’s new favorite bedtime book. She instantly fell in love with all the ducks and even named a few! Dilly Duck Plays all Day is a whimsical delight to read offering a rhythmic text that touches on colors, emotions, counting, and much more all with inviting, playful illustrations.
Karen Hoke –
Amazingly beautiful children’s book, with rhyme, counting, life lessons (kindness, care of Earth and creatures) and gorgeous artwork! It’s a larger book that allows the colorful pictures to pop and flow from page to page. The uplifting rhymes are engaging and fun to read aloud. . . I’m sure Dilly will become a favorite childhood friend.
As a speech-language pathologist, I am always looking for great children’s books to use with my clients. My new favorite book, Dilly Duck Plays All Day by Holly DiBella-McCarthy, is just the kind of children’s book I love because it enriches kindergarten readiness and language skills! DiBella-McCarthy is a former preschool and special education teacher and administrator who understands the readiness skills children need to succeed. Her book, Dilly Duck Plays All Day encourages rhyming, pre-reading skills, science, math skills, and is embedded with rich vocabulary. The illustrations provide a variety of emotions, descriptive colors and beautiful nature scenes. At the end of the book, the author provides critical thinking questions. I like to use this book to describe character traits and their differences. This book is great to discuss the story elements of characters, settings, problems and solutions, as well as retelling a sequential story with beginning, middle and end. The author describes in her biography, a true story about her childhood and how her pet duck named Dilly helped her grow her voice and confidence. In addition, DiBella-McCarthy’s website, https://hollydibellamccarthy.com/, provides free resources, and kindergarten readiness extension activities. Dilly has made a splash on my book shelf!
Barbara F Brezel –
I love the colorful pictures and expressions on the faces of Dilly and his friends. This book teaches preschoolers the concept of counting and offers messages of importance of friendship and community
Lindsay Gizicki –
My daughter adored this book. She loved the rhythm of the story and she absolutely adored that it counted! She loves counting books but this one was extra special. The artwork is beautiful and captivating and the story is very heartwarming. The worksheets at the end are a lovely touch. Highly recommend for any kids who love engaging stories and activities!!
I loved this book and so did my 3-year-old neighbor, Emma! The beautiful and colorful illustrations together with clever & fun rhyming will hold young learners’ attention from the start! In addition to counting to ten, children will see the value of friendship and support. It also offers suspense for a page-turner storybook. Activities are provided at the end to reinforce the little one’s new learnings. Emma had me read it to her 5 times in a row, she LOVED Dilly Duck and friends!!!
Debora Landro –
Dilly Duck Plays All Day is an educational, engaging & fun children’s book with beautiful & colorful illustrations. Children can count along each time a friend is added to the story. The book includes a free activity guide which is a big plus. It is a hit with 3-4 year olds and the adults reading it.
Dilly Duck Plays All Day is my new favorite book for preschool, kindergarten age children. Reading about Dilly’s adventure will provide early counting concepts, along with promoting social skills and demonstrates the importance of friendship. Dilly duck and her friends are absolutely adorable and make learning fun!! (Confirmed by a 4 year old!)
Teri Gareau –
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2022
What a beautiful story of “the more the merrier” and more fun in numbers! Kids will love counting from page to page and the rhyming words too! This is a must have book for kids!
This book is such a great read for anyone. As a teacher, I know how hard it is to get children motivated to learn. But this book is so creative and really connects with children. The illustrations are so colorful that they keep you engaged. I also loved learning about the author and her page. This is such a great book and I HIGHLY recommend it!
Lauren Segalla –
This book is such a great read for anyone. As a teacher, I know how hard it is to get children motivated to learn. But this book is so creative and really connects with children. The illustrations are so colorful that they keep you engaged. I also loved learning about Holly DiBella-McCarthy and her page. This is such a great book and I HIGHLY recommend it!
Megan Carsky –
What a great book! While reading, I couldn’t help but think about my prekindergarten students! They would love this book and learn from it also. The pictures catch your attention (which is so needed for young children), pull you in, and make you want to see what comes next. The book is so well written and includes many learning opportunities like counting, emotions, friendship and kindness. I can’t wait to read this to my class!!
Jannesy DeLeon –
This story is a wonderful resource tool for pre-school educators! First, the bright colors and vivid illustrations are an attention grabber for young children. While the pictures keep them engaged, the fun ryhmes help cultivate a love for reading integral to preschoolers who are just starting to learn. Most importantly, math skills are cleverly woven into this sweet story about Dilly Duck who is lonely, bored and desires companionship. Just as important as counting is to this story, the moral is crucial. No matter our differences, being together is better.
Becca Johnsey –
This is a sweet rhyming book that helps children enjoy learning. Dilly collects her friends one by one throughout the story, until they reach 10 friends. Our four year old routinely counts his friends, so this is a perfect topic for little ones.
This story resonates with our kids and know it is a great book to add to your library. Your little one will enjoy reading about Dilly and her emotions as she and her friends navigate their surroundings. Great book!