Book Extensions, Something To Do

Why book-related activities are important to children’s literacy

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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?

Encourage the importance of collaborative play. When we weave play into the fabric of our everyday life, we open the door to transforming our relationships, our viewpoints, and perspectives on creating happiness, and the joy of innovating with our children.

As a children’s book author, blogger, book reviewer and mom, I write about experiencing the 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.

book inspired play

I write about giving back whether through giveaways, book donations, gifts from publishers, or through book charities such as Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

Welcome to the wonderful world of jumping into books. I am so glad you are here.

Jump Into a Book

Visit my Book Play tab to find book inspired activities.

Valuable Reading-inspired Activity Resources 

Reading Rockets; 103 Things to do before/during/after reading The importance of literacy and books in children’s development.

Great Blogs for book-related activities (along with Jump Into a Book!)

Reading Rainbow

Educator’s Spin on It

Buggy and Buddy

Mama Smiles

What do you do all Day

KC Edventures

Growing Book by Book

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The Fox Diaries
From digging and hunting to playing and resting, this diary shares a rare glimpse into the private lives of Momma Rennie and her babies. Come watch as they navigate this wildly dangerous but still wonderful world. Great to share with your children or students, The Fox Diaries speaks to the importance of growing and learning both individually and as a family unit. It is a perfect book for story time or family sharing. Not only can you read about the daily rituals of this marvelous fox family, but there is also an information-packed resource section at the end of the book that includes lots of facts and even a few “fox movies” that you can enjoy with your family. Grab your copy of this beautiful and inspiring book HERE.