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We all know that encouraging our children to read is critical. There are countless studies, organizations and websites on that very subject.
We also know that reading out loud to our kids, and having them read out loud to us is also very beneficial.
But how about the activities that are inspired by the books we and our children read? The activities we engage in called “companion activities” or “book extensions” that bring the story to life and help kids become more involved in the stories that they read. Are these important?
YES. Activity around learning is nothing new-classrooms implement this practice daily. But the act of pulling activities from the pages of a favorite to deepen learning is a little less common. Yet something I have always believed in strongly.
That believe can be seen everywhere in the content of Jump Into a Book. Here, I write about the importance of collaborative play. When we weave play into the fabric of our everyday life, we open the door to transform our relationships, our view points and perspectives on creating happiness, and the joy of innovating with our children.
I write about experiencing and journey taking through the pages of our favorite children’s books. Through the process of experiencing and sharing our stories, our books and shared moments become a part of us, leading to creativity and collaborative problem solving.
I write about taking books off the shelf, and stories off the pages.
I write about giving back whether through giveaways, book donations, Reading Is Fundamental, or through book charities such as Room to Read.
Welcome to the wonderful world of jumping into books.:)
I also love it when I see quality children’s books that take the extra step of including book-related activities and resources either in the back of the book or on the author’s website. Here are some examples:
Reading Rockets has some great thoughts on making books come to life HERE.
Kids Activities Blog has 100 crafts inspired by books…you KNOW there’s going to be some fun stuff there!
My Head Elf, Becky, recently called my attention to a great book called Bat Count- A Citizen Science Story.
Bat Count 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 30-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Bat Count is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The enhanced ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.
Here are some amazing children’s book author who also have learning/reading inspired activities on their sites:
Jan Brett’s Activities
Toni Buzzeo’s Curriculum Guides
Dr. Oneeka Williams Dr. DeeDee Dynamo series has fun companion activities as well.
Katie Davis’ Educator Freebies
Dianne de Las Casas’ Book Activities
Elizabeth Dulemba’s Activities
Dottie Enderle’s Activities
Denise Fleming’s Activities
Bruce Hale’s Fun Stuff
Jennifer F and Jennifer J’s It’s A Jungle Out There (for Father Goose’s Books)
Eric Kimmel’s Hear a Story
Grace Lin’s Activities and Crafts
Wendy Martin’s Coloring Pages
ME! Inspired by my award-winning book, Dragons Area Real, I have a free gift for my fellow Dragon-lovers. Grab my FREE Downloadable Dragons Are Real Activity Guide below: