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The Dirty Little Boy by Margaret Wise Brown {free book-inspired printables!}

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My son’s favorite book right now is The Dirty Little Boy by Margaret Wise Brown. {Here is my Author Spotlight post on Margaret Wise Brown.}  This is a sweet book by the author of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, with modern illustrations.  It is about a dirty little boy who asks his mother how he can get clean.  He goes outside and watches how the animals take their baths.  This story is so sweet — and could encourage a reluctant bather to want to take a bath!  I hope you find it at your library and enjoy it as much as we have!


I decided to make some sweet printables for my son to be able to re-tell the story. I didn’t realize how much he would love them, so I will be making these for his favorite books and sharing them here.



The book-inspired printables include:

  1. Figures to cut out — for imaginative or popsicle stick play
  2. Mini book with pictures and words to cut out and read
  3. Mini book with words only for child to draw his/her own pictures
  4. Black and white coloring pages

Here’s John enjoying his little book :)



Coloring his pictures.  Getting the boy very dirty.


“Can I color mud on him, mom?!”


He loved putting mud on the mom too.


And an incredibly proud mama moment… tracing the letters!  I couldn’t believe my big three year old!


I took this dirty clothes photo this past summer :)



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You can download The Dirty Little Boy printable pack here.


Please let me know in the comments if you enjoy these — I will be sharing printables for The Little Drummer Boy next week for Christmas!






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  1. I didn’t even know about this book! I would have loved these printables when my girls were little.

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