Book Activities


Books have been so important in shaping my life. They entertained me, acted as a stress reliever, and allowed me to learn both facts and other people's points of view. I wouldn't be me without books.

I want my kids to have a good relationship with books too. So we spend lots of time reading and even doing book-themed activities.

We started reading chapter books early on and we still do to this day for all the reasons stated HERE as well as just the enjoyment of reading!



We have also had to find some creative ways to encourage our kids as they began reading independently.

I hope you enjoy this ever growing list of book-themed activities, and even more importantly, I hope you enjoy reading the books with your kids!

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Picture Books

Learn where food comes from with Eric Carle's book Pancakes, Pancakes!

Explore Seasons with I Am a Bunny.

A sensory bin to go with our favorite big-eared siamese, Skippyjon Jones!

Erupting Oobleck Fun with Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones.

Tea Party Fun with Skippyjon Jones Class Action!

The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake is a great intro to Kitchen Chemistry!

Search for Diurnal and Nocturnal Animals after reading Night Animals.

Hands-on Moon Crater Science with the book One Giant Leap!

Learn and Race Letters with The Racecar Alphabet book!

James Herriot's Treasury for Children is fun to read with homemade clothespin animals.

Homemade Compass for the book Katy and the Big Snow.

An alphabet of community helpers to go with LMNO Peas.

Read So You Want to be President and make a patriotic sensory bin.

Build your own Fairy Tale Land when you read any Fairytale Collection.

Join Ladybug Girl at the Beach and take home Sandy Handprint Crafts!

Let The Paper Bag Princess and some fizzing rocks teach your kids that the inside is what matters.

Beautiful Wild Mustang Art to go with the book Where Horses Run Free!

Collect Salt from Salt Water, Milk Pretend Cows, or do some Apple Math with How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.

Reading Night of the Moonjellies turns into a great glowing, sensory activity!

Make a Handprint Pigeon after reading Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.

Follow it up with The Duckling Gets a Cookie and make a handprint duckling too!

A Family Treasure Hunt with Pirate Pete!

Practice letters and spelling while mining for gold with The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town and The Goldminer's Daughter: a Melodramatic Fairy Tale.

Sensory fun to go with The Little Cloud.

Rainbow Fish has nothing on these glittery, melted crayon fish!

Find the three kisses in the spaghetti like Strega Nona!

Sail a Paper Gondola with Papa Piccolo.

Pick some apples and do some apple stamping with Max and Moe Go Apple Picking.

Learn about viewpoint with The Story about Ping.

Take your kids for a  Sensory Walk with We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

Read Joe-Joe the Wizard Brews up Solids, Liquids, and Gases and do these Hands-on States of Matter Activities!

All the World is a beautiful poem and your kids can visualize the best parts of their world.

Explore Illustrations with books by Dr. Suess, Jan Brett, and Eric Carle.

Chapter Books


You can also make Maple Candy like they did in Little House in the Big Woods

While reading the Chronicles of Narnia, do this fun art project set to music


Send your own Flat Stanley on adventures to explore places you haven't been.




Catch your own dreams with these sensory bottles for The BFG.

Book Themed Parties




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