Category: Book Based Activities

Activities to use with children’s books

What Will Grow? – Fun Seed Activities for Kids

Spring is coming! I love the spring time. The snow melts away, the flowers start to pop out of the ground and we can get outside again. Springtime feels like it is full of possibilities. We bought our house in November a few years ago, so when the gardens around our house started to bloom, we had no idea what types of plants and flowers to expect. It was so fun watching the plants start to come up through the soil and wait to see what would grow. Today’s book asks the same thing, and offers a lot of fun opportunities to learn about plants with different kinds of seed activities.

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Learning About Rainbows with Roy G Biv the Leprechaun!

I love the colors and decorations of St. Patrick’s Day. The bright greens and golds and all of the rainbows are so bright and cheery after the dull grays of the winter months. The mischievous leprechauns and all of the colorful decorations for the holiday lend themselves to some great opportunities for learning fun!

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Helping Kids to Untangle Their Minds with the Tanglelows!

The human brain is a powerful and interesting thing. I took a philosophy of the mind course in college, and the idea of thinking about how and why we “think” blew my mind! (I think…. The whole class made me reconsider what we define as the mind… or thinking….). It’s hard for us to understand how our brain works and why we think the things we think. In an effort to open a dialogue with kids about untangling confusing thoughts and uncluttering their minds, author Greg McGoon created the Tanglelows.

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Getting Down with Gerald the Giraffe!

Coming from a very tall family, giraffes have always held a special place in my heart. When the Monthly Crafting Book Club, run by Raising Fairies and Knights, selected Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, we had to rush to the library to check it out! This story presents a great lesson on self-esteem and dancing to the beat of your own drum in a fun and colorful package.

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Celebrating Mardi Gras with the Bourbon Street Band!

Since my daughter was born, my parents have started a new tradition where they bring her a book from the places that they visit on their trips. They include a note about their visit and the things they saw there. I love that she will have this collection of special books from all over, and this special connection with her grandparents. While they were traveling through New Orleans, they picked up Ed Shankman’s book The Bourbon Street Band is Back, about the power of music and the strength of New Orleans.

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Mixing it Up with the Mixed Up Chameleon!

Chameleons are awesome animals. They can blend in with their surroundings and change their appearance to suit their needs. Who doesn’t want to have that ability sometimes? The beauty of chameleons is that no matter how they change on the outside, they are still the same on the inside. This is such a great lesson for kids about being proud of who they truly are!


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Go on an Adventure with River Rose!

On a recent visit to the library, my daughter and I discovered the book River Rose and the Magical Lullaby written by Kelly Clarkson (the singer), and she has since fallen in love with it! My daughter loves this story and the adorable illustrations (I just want to hug little Joplin!). I like the lullaby and the message River Rose learns about needing to sleep and home being the best place. I also appreciate that the lullaby helps lull her to sleep!

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Getting Through Winter with Frederick!

The long winter months can really start to get you down and make you miss the bright and sunshiny days of spring and summer. The story of Frederick by Leo Lionni combats these winter blues with bright colors and warm memories. It also shows kids how important art and poetry are to our lives, and how everyone can make a difference with their own individual talents.

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Celebrate Love with the Valentine Bears!

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The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bear. Every year, they sleep through Valentine’s Day, but Mrs. Bear decides that this will be the year that they will come out of hibernation to celebrate. She prepares a sweet snack and writes poems for Mr. Bear. Will she be able to wake him up to celebrate? This is a cute story which is accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Jan Brett. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bear, and it provides the perfect opportunity for some Valentine’s Day learning fun!

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Ladybug Girl and Bingo: A Girl and Her Dog

The relationship between a kid and a dog is a special one, illustrated throughout pop culture in books, TV shows, movies, songs and commercials. I know from watching my daughter with our own lovable dog that she adores him and considers him her best friend and closest confidant. When the Monthly Crafting Book Club, hosted by Raising Fairies and Knights, picked the Ladybug Girl series for this month’s craft, I knew we had to choose Ladybug Girl and Bingo!

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