Founded in 2005, Jump into a Book (JIAB) is passionate about making children’s books come alive so that kids of all ages can experience children’s literature in new ways.
Original JIAB founder, Valarie Budayr, is also the co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day; a movement that celebrates diverse and multicultural children’s books. In 2018, Valarie handed over the reins of JIAB to her long-time Head Elf, Becky Flansburg with the vision of this site continuing to share book reviews, book-related news, and unique activities that will help pull books off of shelves and stories off of pages.
What is Book Jumping?
Definition of Book Jumping: “Jumping Into A Book is taking the solitary act of reading a book and transforming it into an event to be shared with others. It’s the process of pulling books off shelves and stories off pages. It’s the adventure of making kids books come ALIVE and helping readers “jump” inside the pages. It’s creating places of magic and wonder, without ever leaving your house, classroom, or library. Book-jumping is a way of life. It’s where we look at the story from the same perspective as the characters. Instead of the book “being magical”, we actually become the magic.“-The Magic Book Lady
SO…What does a Book Jumper look like? Well, very much like you and I. They can be identified by warm smiles on their faces and bulging books bags hanging off their shoulders. Here are some other tell-tale attributes:
Sharp Mind: Encouraging imaginations to take flight and explore possibilities within the pages of a book.
Strong Voice: Words and inflection to help bring characters to life.
True Heart: A heart that is willed to share the love of books, learning, and encouraging young minds.
Guiding Hands: To gather friends, families, schools, and libraries to join the adventure of pulling books off a shelf and stories off pages.
Busy Legs: To roam far and wide, spreading the word of “slow family time” and “unplugged evenings.”
So, are you already a Book Jumper? Not sure?
You Know You Are A Book Jumper When:
- You need to fill a “supply list” before you begin a new chapter.
- Instead of using words like “read” or “enjoy”, you use “enter.” As in; “enter one of the most beloved children’s tales of all time.”
- Reading a book is a group activity, not a solitary event.
- You pick books based on “jumpability” and how much fun it will be to “bring to life.”
“Book Jumping are stories that reawaken the passionate idea of living inside the pages of a book.” Each story is a gateway into a magical world where stories are not just read but are also acted out through crafts, games, tutorials, and adventures. It’s more than just an “activity.” Book-jumping is a way of life. It’s where we look at the story from the same perspective as the characters. Instead of the book “being magical”, we actually become the magic.–Valarie Budayr a.k.a “Magic Book Lady”
It’s the process of taking the solitary act of reading a book and transforming it into an event to be shared with others. It’s the act of pulling books off shelves and stories off pages. It’s the act of making kids books come ALIVE and living inside the pages. It’s creating places of magic and wonder, without ever leaving the house.
A-Adventure and exploration via the pages of a book.
B-Bringing about a movement where reading is no longer a solitary act, but one meant to be shared in a group atmosphere.
C-Creating crafts and projects to help bring stories to life.
D. Developing young minds and imaginations through the power of literacy.
E. Embracing the power of books and sharing that passion with others.
F. Finding pathways and walkways that lead to the wonderful world of reading.
G. Generational: Not just for kids, but also for moms, dads, grandmas, grandpa’s, aunts, and uncles.
H. Having fun and learning at the same time.
I. Inspiring a generation of Slow Readers.
J. Jump into a book!
K. Keeping the act of Family Reading a cherished and much-anticipated event.
L. Learning to unplug from the virtual world, and instead experience a world within the pages of a book instead.
M. Making supply lists before starting a new chapter.
N. Not just reading about the magic within the pages of a book, it’s becoming the magic.
O. Offering a platform to connect with children through reading.
P. Pulling books off shelves and stories off pages.
Q. Quiet reading time is the new “family time.”
R. Reaching into the pages of a story and bringing characters to life.
S. Stretching the act of Jumping Into a Book over the course of several days instead of one evening
T. Tugging at heart-strings and influencing young lives.
U. United families reading a single story together.
V. Varying themes and genres to expose kids to all aspects of literacy
W. Wandering through amazing worlds and strange lands without ever leaving the house.
X. Setting eXamples for young readers, communities, and schools.
Y. Young minds blooming and growing.