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Virtual Book Club for Kids 2016-2017 Moves To Weekly!

Looking for weekly ideas to do with your child? Join our Virtual Book Club for Kids!  Each week we’re featuring a teacher and mom selected children’s picture book and activities based on themes and concepts that we believe are an important part of education in early childhood.

Come join the weekly fun!  Here’s how you can join. 

Join the Virtual Book Club for Kids Weekly Themes for Preschoolers

This year we’re launching a weekly book club for families, book clubs and classrooms to join at the Virtual Book Club for Kids.  Every Monday we will highlight a book of the week and share activities to go along with the book that focus on early childhood skills.  Each of our organizers Kristina at Toddler Approved, Cerys from Rainy Day Mum and Kim from The Educators’ Spin On It will be sharing these activities on our websites and in the closed facebook group for you.

Click here to join our Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/weeklyVBCforkids/ 

Plus you’ll have access to our #VBCforKids cohosts in the group too sharing their activity ideas

VBC Members Group on Facebook

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BOOK LIST FOR SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2016-2017:

APPLE Week
Sept 12- Ten Apples Up On Top! by Dr. Seuss

FRIENDSHIP Week
Sept 19- Should I Share My Ice Cream?  by Mo Willems

LEAF Week
Sept 26- Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

PUMPKIN Week
Oct 3- Five Little Pumpkins  by Dan Yaccarino

FARM Week
Oct 10- Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

SPIDER Week
Oct 17- The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

NIGHT Week
Oct 24- Time for Bed by Mem Fox

OWL Week
Oct 31- Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

GRATITUDE Week
Nov 7 – Bear Says Thanks  by Karma Wilson

DINOSAURS Week
Nov 14 – Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

CONSTRUCTION Week
Nov 28 – Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Virtual Book Club for Kids Book List for Fall 2016

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS:

1. Start by locating the featured book for the week and read it with your child sometime during that week! Leave a comment on this post committing to join!

Most of the books we are featuring can be found at your local library. We’ve provided Amazon Affiliate links for your ease as well if you want to purchase the books and add them to your home library. We will share the new list about a month ahead of time so you can plan (ie. you’ll get the November list at the beginning of October). We’ll be sharing additional books based on the weekly theme in our Facebook group.

2. Try out one or more of the featured activities shared by our Virtual Book Club for Kids co-hosts with your child. Activities will be posted each week on Mondays.

We will be sharing all of the featured activities over in our Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook group so that they are easy for you to find. If you haven’t joined our Facebook group yet you might want to go do it so that you won’t miss anything. Each cohost will also be linking to each activity on my weekly Monday blog post and featured on this website.

3. Post a photo or tell us about the book-inspired activity you did with your child over in the Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook group.

We invite you to also shared on social media with the hashtag #vbcforkids or tagging Virtual Book Club for kids so we can see what you’re up to.

4. (Optional) Create your own book-inspired activity using the featured book and either share it on your blog and share a link with us, or if you don’t have a blog, just share a photo with us in our Facebook group.

5. (Optional) Create your own Mommy and Me Book Club featuring the Virtual Book Club Books. Get together with friends and read the book each month and then do book-inspired activities together.

Fall Books for the Virtual Book Club for Kids
Come and join us in this great community focusing on bringing books to life for ages 2 to 5 years olds through the Themed Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids.

Join Our Virtual Book Club for Kids Books for 2015-2016

Calling all parents and teachers!  We are thrilled to announce of 2015-2016 Book List for the Virtual Book Club for Kids.  For our 4th year we are featuring some of our favorite classic books that we feel all homes and schools should have on their bookshelves.  Come join the fun!

join us for vbc 2015-2016

Here is our Book List for 2015-2016:

Each month we will feature book inspired activities on our blogs on the 1st day of the month (unless otherwise noted).

September- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
October- Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
November- Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (featured on November 2nd)
December- No Virtual Book Club this month
January- The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
February- The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
March- The Tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
April- Corduroy by Don Freeman
May- Goldilocks and the 3 Dinosaurs by Mo Willems (featured on May 2nd)
June- The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
July- Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
August- Brown Bear Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.

Virtual Book Club for Kids

You can DOWNLOAD a FREE printable 2015-2016 book list here 

How to participate in Virtual Book Club for Kids:

1. Start by locating the book for the month and read it with your child sometime during that month! Leave a comment on this post committing to join in all year long!

Most of the books we are featuring can be found at your local library. I have provided Amazon Affiliate links for your ease as well if you want to purchase the books and add them to your home library.

2. Try out one or more of the featured activities shared by our Virtual Book Club for Kids co-hosts with your child. Activities will be posted on the 1st of each month so you can access them all month long.

We will be sharing all of the featured activities over on our Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Page so that they are easy for you to find. If you haven’t “Liked” our Facebook page yet you might want to go follow along so you don’t miss the activities. I will also be linking to each activity here on the 1st of each month.

3. Post a photo or tell us about a featured book-inspired activity you did with your child using the featured book on our Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Page or in the comments here on the blog.

4. (Optional) Create your own book-inspired activity using the featured book and either share it on your blog and share a link with us, or if you don’t have a blog, just share a photo with us on our Facebook page.

5. (Optional) Create your own Mommy and Me Book Club featuring the Virtual Book Club Books.

Get together with friends and read the book each month and then do book-inspired activities together. Find more details about creating a Mommy and Me Book Club HERE.

If you would like to get to know the other Virtual Book Club for Kids co-hosts for 2015-2016 just click on the links to their blogs below to learn more about them! Their sites are great preschool and toddler learning resources!

VBC 2015-2016 hosts

Virtual Book Club for Kids Hosting Bloggers

Featured Activities based on Books

Each month all 14 of these talented bloggers will be share activities for you to do with the featured books.  They will share ideas for the following submit area

  • Alphabet
  • Name Activity
  • Numbers
  • Sensory
  • Cooking
  • Science
  • Colors
  • Pre-Writing
  • Movement
  • Shapes

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12 Activities Inspired by Author Ellen Stoll Walsh

We’re excited that the  Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Author Ellen Stoll Walsh in January.  Our Virtual Book Club Participants have come up creative ideas for 3 of her books that will keep your kids active and having fun all month long.  Take a peek below at our 12 activities inspired by some very special mice that Ellen Stoll Walsh created. Click on the links to discover each activity and the directions to follow.

12 Activities for Books by Ellen Stoll Walsh by the Virtual Book Club for Kids

Mouse Activities Inspired by Author Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Paint Activities

Mouse Shapes Activities 

 Mouse Count Activities 

Which book are you going to read First?  

Mouse Paint

One day three white mice discover three jars of paint–red, blue, and yellow.  This lighthearted presentation of a lesson in color is fun for all ages.  Plus Walsh’s cut-paper collage illustrations have bold colors and yet quite simple for all to enjoy.
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Paint Activities

Our 12 Virtual Book Club Contributors have created quite a few playful and bright activities to go with books by Ellen Stoll Walsh.  Click on the images below to see how to create with your child or class.

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Color Book from Playdough to Playto

Color Book by Playdough to Playto

Color Mixing Game with Hearts by Toddler Approved

Surprise Color Mixing Heart Craft by Toddler Approved

Color Mixing with Paint inspired by Mouse Paint by 3 Dinosaurs

Color Mixing with Mouse Paint by 3 Dinosaurs

Mouse Shapes

What can you make with one oval, two circles, and eight triangles? Just ask three clever mice–who even find a funny way to trick a sneaky cat.
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Shapes Activities

Name Activity with Shapes inspired by Mouse Shapes by Growing Book by Book

Mouse Shapes Learn to Spell Your Name by Growing Book by Book

Shape Collages Inspired by Mouse Shapes by Inspiration Laboratories

Shape Collages Inspired by Mouse Shape by Inspiration Laboratories

Mouse Shape Puppets by The Pleasantest Thing

Mouse Shape Puppets by The Pleasantest Thing

Shape Activity for Kids by Crystal and Co.

Shape Activities for Kids by Crystal and Co.

Mouse Count

Ellen Stoll Walsh introduces the concept of counting forward and backward in a suspenseful story that will keep young readers guessing what’s next. 
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

 

Mouse Count Activities

Mouse Count Relay Race by Lalymom

Mouse Count Relay Game by Lalymom

Mouse Count Number Line and Counting by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Count Numbers and Number LInes by Rainy Day Mum

Mouse Count Sensory Bin by Still Playing School

Mouse Count Sensory Bin by Still Playing School

Mouse Count Activity with Lids by The Educators' Spin On It

Mouse Count Activity with Lids by The Educators’ Spin On It

Share your Ideas with the Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Community

Come stop by and tell us what you did over on our Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook page OR here in the comments.  We’d love for you to share your photos too!

Ellen Stoll Walsh Virtual Book Club for Kids

 NEXT MONTH IS DR. SEUSS ON FEBRUARY 12!

Virtual Book Club for Kids features Ellen Stoll Walsh in January!

Each month Virtual Book Club for Kids selects a new author to feature. You can find the full list of featured authors for 2014-2015 on our recent Virtual Book Club for Kids Announcement post.

This January we are featuring the talented Ellen Stoll Walsh! 

Ellen Stoll Walsh Virtual Book Club for Kids

 

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For Virtual Book Club for Kids we selected three of our favorite Ellen Stoll Walsh books to spotlight this month!

Our featured books for January include: Mouse CountMouse Paint and Mouse Shapes.

Have you read any of these books yet?

Mouse Count

Ellen Stoll Walsh introduces the concept of counting forward and backward in a suspenseful story that will keep young readers guessing what’s next. 
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Paint

One day three white mice discover three jars of paint–red, blue, and yellow.  This lighthearted presentation of a lesson in color is fun for all ages.  Plus Walsh’s cut-paper collage illustrations have bold colors and yet quite simple for all to enjoy.
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Shapes

What can you make with one oval, two circles, and eight triangles? Just ask three clever mice–who even find a funny way to trick a sneaky cat.
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Have you decided which books(s) you’ll be reading in January?

If you are interested in joining Virtual Book Club for Kids this January, here’s what you need to do…

  1. Add the Virtual Book Club for Kids dates to your calendar and start reserving or finding your books!
  2. Pick at least one book to read with your child this month.
  3. Do a book inspired craft or activity after you read the book.
  4. Come stop by on the second Thursday of the month and tell us what you did here in the comments or over on our Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook page!

We hope many of you will join in with us!

For the full list of all of the featured authors and books make sure to consult our Virtual Book Club for Kids 2014-2015 announcement post. Feel free to join our Pinterest boards too and find loads of other children’s book inspired activities.

Ellen Stoll Walsh Virtual Book Club for Kids

I am so excited that we are kicking off the month with Ellen Stoll Walsh! Let me know in the comments if you’ll be joining in with us this month!

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Inspired Activities

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The Virtual Book Club for Kids Featured Author: Mo Willems

Welcome!  We’re excited to announce that we’ve selected 3 books this month to focus on for the Virtual Book Club for Kids that feature well known author Mo Willems.  The books we chose to feature are ….

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus INspired Activities featuring author Mo Willems at the Virtual Book Club for Kids The first book we’re featuring is Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.  Here are several activities from our co-hosting bloggers of the Virtual Book Club for Kids.  We encourage you to check out their activities and enjoy Mo Willems’ books  for the next few weeks with your child. This activities feature a variety of topics from letter recognition, fine motor skills, story retelling, movement ideas and more!  Leave a comment and tell us your favorite one.  

 PRINT this Book List to keep track of who’s coming NEXT month!

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Activities

 

Cardboard Bus Craft inspired by Mo Willems   Pigeon Play dough Kit inspired by Mo Willems   DIY Puppet Theatre for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Puppets, Crafts and Storytelling inspired by Mo Willems   Handprint Pigeon inspired by Mo Willems  Alphabet Bus Games inspired by Mo Willems

Rhymping PIgeon Race to the Bus inspired by Mo Willems   B is for Bus Pigeon Craft inspired by Mo Willems  Printable Captions for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

 Additional Ideas for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus 

You’re encourage to share a PHOTO and/or Link of your Mo Willems activities at home on our Virtual Book Club Facebook Page!.  

Virtual Book Club for Kids

NEXT Virtual Book Club for Kids is October 9 featuring Julia Donaldson 

You’ll find even more ideas shared for Books and Activities by following along!
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Announcing Virtual Book Club for Kids for 2014-2015

Virtual Book Club for Kids is an amazing way to introduce your kids to new (or old favorite) children’s books! We are excited to be kicking off a new year of awesome books this Fall. Virtual Book Club for Kids predominantly focuses on books and book inspired activities for children ages 2-5.

VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS 2014-2015

We are so thrilled to announce the featured authors list for 2014-2015!  We’ve selected authors that are well known so we can have some fun with our kids this year with easy to find books. Take a peek at the list and tell us if we included any of your favorite authors!

Author List for the Virtual Book Club for Kids 2014-2015

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Your Virtual Book Club for Kids Organizers are Kristina from Toddler Approved, Cerys from Rainy Day Mum and Kim from The Educators’ Spin On It. We have worked together to compile our favorite Authors and Books for this new year and we are working with an amazing team of creative bloggers to share loads of book inspired activities with you. Watch out for our blogger spotlights later this month!

Virtual Book Club for Kids Featured Authors & Dates for 2014-2015

Click HERE to for a Printable of all of the Books and Authors to keep handy

Book Selections for Virtual Book Club for Kids

Sept 11th – Mo Willems

October 9th- Julia Donaldson

Featured books: The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Stick Man

November 13th- Eric Litwin

Featured Books: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Socks, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Pete the Cat Rocking In My School Shoes

December- No Virtual Book Club for Kids

January 8th- Ellen Stoll Walsh

Featured Books: Mouse Paint, Mouse Count, Mouse Shapes

February 12th- Dr Seuss

Featured Books: One Fish Two Fish, The Cat and the Hat, The Lorax

March 12th- Margaret Wise Brown

Featured Books: Goodnight Moon, The Important Book, Runaway Bunny

April 9th- Laura Numeroff

 
Featured Books: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If you Give a Pig a Pancake, If you Give a Moose a Muffin,

May 14th- Eric Carle

 
Featured Books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Tiny Seed, The Mixed Up Chameleon

June 11th- Leo Lionni

 
Featured Books: A Color Of His Own, Swimmy, Little Blue and Little Yellow

July 9th- Donald Crews

Featured Books: Freight Train, 10 Black Dots, Truck

August 13th- Bill Martin Jr.

Featured Books: Chicka Chick Boom Boom, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Chicka Chicka 1,2,3

What do you think? Are you going to join us this year? Which author is your favorite? See any books you haven’t read yet?

If you are interested in joining us for Virtual Book Club for Kids, here’s what to do…

  1. Add the dates to your calendar and start reserving or finding your books! 
  2. Pick at least one book each month to read with your child.
  3. Do a book inspired craft or activity after you read the book.
  4. Come stop by on the second Thursday of the month and tell us what you did here in the comments or over on our Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook page!

Each month we will featured activities for all 3 books featured by the month’s author.  We’ve team up with bloggers to create many ideas that your child will enjoy and learn with.  We’d love for you to join the our Virtual Book Club too!  Each month select one of the featured books by the author of the month and create an activity with your child.  Once complete share with us in the comments below or on the Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Page.

Join us for the 2014-2015 Virtual Book Club for Kids
You’ll find even more ideas shared for Books and Activities by following along!
to get the latest updates for each author and selected activities for FREE!