Activities & Teacher Resources

Check back soon for more activities and resources, including a Reading Discussion Guide and Common Core-aligned math lessons to go with DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS.

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Reading Discussion & Activity Guide

Find pre- and post-reading discussion suggestions, activities, and a list of 'read-alike' companion books that pair well with Dozens of Doughnuts.


Download Reading Discussion & Activity Guide PDF.


Design a Doughnut!

Research what a bear, woodchuck, skunk, or other animal likes to eat, then design a doughnut for that animal.


Think about what a friend or member of your family likes best and design a doughnut just for them!

Download Design a Doughnut PDF.

If you want to, post your design and tag me on social media, or send an email with a picture of your doughnut to carriefinison at gmail [dot com]. I'd love to hear from you!

Count the Doughnuts

While you read the story, count and record how many doughnuts each character eats. Who ate the most? Who ate the least? One worksheet provides space for students to write a number sentence to express what happened in the story. The other (for younger students) allows space to draw the doughnuts and then count and write the total number.

Download Count the Doughnuts (number sentence) PDF.

Download Count the Doughnuts (draw) PDF.

Count the Doughnuts Interactive


This Google slide is set up to enable students drag and drop doughnuts from the story onto the plates of each character. (Use in Google Slides "Edit" mode, not in "Present" mode.)

Open Count the Doughnuts Interactive (will make a copy of the file)



A Note from the Author

This note to share with students poses some math questions about the story in rhyme.

Download A Note from the Author PDF

Download Large Author's Note


Doughnut Counters​


Cut out these doughnut counters and use them for doughnut-related math activities or centers. 

Download Doughnut Counters PDF

Doughnut Recipes​

I've developed two kid-friendly recipes - one for doughnuts that are fried in a small amount of oil, and one for doughnut cookies that taste like farm-stand apple cider doughnuts. Take your pick! Click a recipe to access a file you can download.


Doughnut Crafts​

Here's a link to my doughnut crafts Pinterest board with simple doughnut crafts for kids. For parents, teachers, librarians - anyone who wants an easy doughnut craft to do with kids to go with a reading DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS.

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I've been reading children's books all my life and I'm delighted that now I get to write them, too!


My debut picture book, Dozens of Doughnuts, illustrated by Brianne Farley, will be published by Putnam in summer, 2020. And I'm thrilled to share two more in the works: Don't Hug Doug, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman, coming from Putnam in spring, 2021; and Hurry, Little Tortoise! illustrated by Erin Balzer, coming from Random House in summer, 2022.

I also write poems, stories, and articles for children's magazines like Babybug, Ladybug, High Five, and Highlights.