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Toddler Book List for Virtual Book Club for Kids Summer Camp

Do you have a toddler at your house?  Do you need something fun to do this summer? Virtual Book Club for Kids is hosting an awesome Summer Camp and we’d love you to join in! Summer camp lasts three weeks and we’ll have a different theme each week! Here are some of the books that we’ll be using as we create and connect this summer.

The themes for Summer Camp 2017 are Pirates and Mermaids, In the Jungle and Mad Scientists.  Here are some of our favorite books that feature these themes. The activities that we will be sharing will be theme based, so any of these books (or other similar themed books you already have on hand) will work perfectly.

HOW DO I GET MY BOOKS? Use your local library, local book store, or order them online to join along for summer camp!  We’ve linked them all up to Amazon with a referral link for easy shopping.

Want to join our Summer Camp to get the exclusive CAMP ACTIVITIES?  JOIN HERE for 19.99 

Toddler Book List for Summer Camp

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.  

Pirates and Mermaids Themed Books

That’s Not My Mermaid by Fiona Watt

Three Little Mermaids by Mara Van Fleet

Sheep on a Ship by Nancy Shaw

That’s Not My Pirate… by Fiona Watt

Pirate Nap a Book of Colors by Danna Smith

Bizzy Bear: Pirate Adventure by Nosy Crow

Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman

Jungle Themed Books

Roar! Roar Baby! by Karen Katz

Touch and Feel Jungle Animals by DK Publishing

Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson (board book)

The Wide-Mouth Frog Pop Up Book by Keith Faulkner

The Animal Boogie by Debbie Harter

Walking Through the Jungle by Stella Blackstone

Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae

We’re Roaming in the Rainforest by Laurie Krebs

Hug by Jez Alborough

Face to Face Safari by Sally Hewitt

Jazzy in the Jungle by Lucy Cousins

Science Lab Themed Books

The toddlers will be focusing on the 5 senses for the science lab week. They will explore several activities and books related to the 5 senses.

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stohl Walsh

Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

My Five Senses, by Aliki

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Additional book titles may be recommended in the VBC Facebook group. If you find that you need additional book titles, please let Kristina (our VBC Toddler Specialist) know. If your toddler is on the older end (close to age 3 or a little older), make sure to also check out the preschool book list.

Click to Print Book List

CLICK HERE to Print the Summer Camp Book List for Toddlers

Virtual Book Club for Kids Summer Camp 2015

Today we are announcing our third annual Virtual Book Club for Kids Summer Camp!

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This year we are once again offering three weeks of summer camp for kids ages 2-5! Each week will feature children’s book themed crafts and activities.

We have chosen three weekly themes that go along with some of our favorite children’s books.

Each week we will be planning and preparing activities, crafts, and cool ideas for you. We’ll send you the supplies list and book list ahead of time so you can get those together and then you can kick back and relax until our newsletter arrives in your inbox filled with your activities for the week!
Once you get the newsletter each week you’ll have plenty of simple activity ideas planned to help you connect and create with books and your kids all week long!

 

Are you interested in joining in? Here’s what a Virtual Book Club (VBC) Summer Camp Membership includes…

  • a pre-camp planner with a book list, supply list, printable camp planner to keep you organized, and a printable sample camp schedule.
  • 15 simple printable activities and crafts featuring favorite children’s books based on the weekly themes plus 3 bonus activities.  All activities will be playful and geared around hands-on learning. (You’ll receive 6 exclusive activities in each weekly newsletter along with additional resources)
  • membership to a private Virtual Book Club Summer Camp Facebook group where you can chat with our VBC “Camp Directors” (that’s us) and other participants, get tips, other creative ideas, and additional resources.

We are offering Virtual Book Club Summer Camp membership for a special price of $8.99 from April 21st through April 28th. After April 28th the price will be $10.99.

If you’d like to join us for camp this summer, click on the link below to sign up.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE NEWSLETTER WILL BE SENT TO THE EMAIL YOU USE FOR PAYPAL. PLEASE MAKE SURE IT IS THE CORRECT EMAIL YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE. NO EMAIL CHANGES WILL BE MADE ONCE YOU REGISTER.

 Register HERE for Virtual Book Club for Kids Summer Camp 2015.

You may want to sprinkle the activities throughout the summer every few weeks or do them along with us each day. Sessions are scheduled for the weeks of June 15th, June 22nd, and June 29th.

** Once you register for Virtual Book Club Summer Camp you’ll receive a note from paypal saying, “Receipt for Your Payment to Virtual Book Club for Kids” along with a welcome email within a few hours with camp themes and an invitation to our private Virtual Book Club Summer Camp Facebook group so we can start chatting! If you don’t see your receipt welcome email within two days of signing up, please contact us at virtualbookclubforkids@gmail.com. Before you contact us check your spam and make sure that you are checking the correct email address account.

The Camp Directors this year are me (Kristina from Toddler Approved), Kim Vij (from The Educators’ Spin On it) and Cerys Parker (from Rainy Day Mum).

We are three moms (& former teachers) that will be on call to help you create an awesome summer for your kids! I am especially excited about camp because I am exhausted from the year and really want to simplify this summer but still connect with my kids each day in fun, easy & creative ways (while also sneaking in a little learning).

Every activity in our VBC Summer Camp will be simple, have easy to get materials, and will be geared towards kids ages 2-5. I can’t wait! Hope to see YOU at camp this summer!

Note: Registration is via Paypal but you don’t have to use a Paypal account to register. You can also just use your credit card. Please contact us with any questions regarding payment at virtualbookclubforkids@gmail.com.

Also, if you register, please email us if you live in the EU as for tax records we need to pay VAT on your membership.

 

Hope you’ll be joining us this summer!!

Virtual Book Club for Kids features Eric Litwin in November!

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

In November we are featuring the amazing Eric Litwin! Eric is the author of one of our favorite series- Pete the Cat!

Eric Litwin November Virtual Book Club for Kids

For Virtual Book Club for Kids we selected three of our favorite Eric Litwin books to spotlight this month! Eric is the author of the first four Pete the Cat books, so we’re going to list all four books in this post and then you can pick your favorites to spotlight too. You might want to read all of them! Virtual Book Club for Kids co-creator Kim Vij even got to meet and interview Eric Litwin recently. Here he is singing some Pete the Cat songs live over at The Educators’ Spin On it.

Do you have a favorite Pete the Cat book? Here are the awesome ones written by Eric Litwin:

Pete the Cat I Love my White Shoes

This story always cracks my kids up and is great to read when you’re teaching kids about colors too.

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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

This book is a wonderful one to use when teaching kids about counting!

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Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes

This is a fabulous story to read all year long, especially for little ones that are preparing for school or kids that just started school earlier this fall! It is fun to discover cool places at school with Pete!

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Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

Now that Halloween has passed many people are preparing for Christmas. This would make a delightful addition to your Christmas books. It has such a sweet message about getting into the Christmas spirit!

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

If you are interested in joining Virtual Book Club for Kids this November, 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.

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

~ Kristina (from Toddler Approved)

PS- Did you know that Eric Litwin has a new recently released musical series? The first book is called The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House! I am excited to go and check it out.

 

Virtual Book Club for Kids Features Julia Donaldson in October!

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 October we are featuring the amazing Julia Donaldson! 

Julia Donaldson October VBC for Kids

You can read more about Julia Donaldson over at The Educators’ Spin On It and even check out some video clips that include her. Julia is an author from the UK and is probably best known for her classic story,  The Gruffalo.

For Virtual Book Club for Kids we selected three of our favorite Julia Donaldson books to spotlight this month!

Our featured books for October include: The GruffaloRoom on the BroomStick Man

Have you read any of these books yet?

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Room on the Broom is a perfect read during Halloween! My kids love following along while the witch loses and then finds things on her adventure. We even shared some favorite witch crafts and activities to go along with this book last year.

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The Gruffalo is a wonderful story filled with rich language and great illustrations. It tells the tale of a very smart little mouse and how he tricks the Gruffalo into letting him stay alive.

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Stick Man is a jolly book that tells about the adventures of Stick Man. I love the repetitve rhymes in the story which make it an awesome book to re-read again and again.

If you are interested in joining Virtual Book Club for Kids this October, 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.

Announcing Virtual Book Club for Kids Summer Camp 2014!

Virtual Book Club for Kids Summer Camp starts in only 2 weeks! Are you going to join us for a summer filled with great books and cool activities?

Virtual Book Club Summer Camp features THREE weeks of children’s book themed crafts and activities for kids ages 2-5.

Instead of driving your kids off to camp each day… you get to stay home and attend “virtual” summer camp along with us! We will serve as your Camp Directors and we’ll get you all of the materials and information you need to make camp successful for you and your kids.

We have chosen three weekly themes tied with some of our favorite children’s books to share with you! Each week we will be planning and preparing activities, crafts, and cool ideas for you. We’ll send you the supplies list and book list ahead of time so you can get those together and then you can kick back and relax until our newsletter arrives in your inbox filled with your activities for the week!

Each week you will receive a newsletter from us with your plan for the week.

Once you get the newsletter each week you’ll have plenty of simple activity ideas to help you connect and create with books and your kids all week long!

Are you interested in joining in? Here’s what a Virtual Book Club (VBC) Summer Camp Membership includes…

  • a pre-camp planner with a book list, supply list, printable camp planner to keep you organized, and a printable sample camp schedule.
  • 15 simple printable activities and crafts featuring favorite children’s books based on the weekly themes plus 3 bonus activities.  All activities will be playful and geared around hands-on learning. (You’ll receive 6 exclusive activities in each weekly newsletter along with additional resources)
  • membership to a private Virtual Book Club Summer Camp Facebook group where you can chat with our VBC “Camp Directors” (that’s us) and other participants, get tips, other creative ideas, and additional resources.

We are offering Virtual Book Club Summer Camp membership for $9.99 

If you’d like to join us for camp this summer, click on this link to be added to our VBC Summer Camp Alerts list. Registration for our June session just closed but our July session will begin registration in the next few weeks.

Our July Virtual Book Club Summer Camp session will officially start on Monday, July 28 but you can sign up for the newsletters and use them whenever they are useful for you after that.

You may want to sprinkle the activities throughout the summer every few weeks or do them along with us each day. The July session is scheduled for the weeks of July 28th, August 4th, and August 11th.

Once you register for Virtual Book Club Summer Camp you’ll receive a welcome email with camp themes and an invitation to our private Virtual Book Club Summer Camp Facebook group so we can start chatting!

The Camp Directors this year are Kristina (from Toddler Approved), Kim Vij (from The Educators’ Spin On it ) and Cerys Parker (from Rainy Day Mum)

We are three moms (& former teachers) that will be on call to help you create an awesome summer for your kids! I am especially excited about camp because I am exhausted from the year and really want to simplify this summer but still connect with my kids each day in fun easy & creative ways (while also sneaking in a little learning).

We are three moms (& former teachers) that will be on call to help you create an awesome summer for your kids! I am especially excited about camp because I am exhausted from the year and really want to simplify this summer but still connect with my kids each day in fun easy & creative ways (while also sneaking in a little learning).

One of my favorite parts of VBC Summer Camp is that activity will be simple, have easy to get materials, and will be geared towards kids ages 2-5. I also am loving our VBC Summer Camp private Facebook group! It is filling up fast with lots of excited participants! Hope you’ll join us too!

Note: Registration is via Paypal but you don’t have to use a Paypal account to register. You can also just use your credit card. Please contact me in the comments with any questions regarding payment.
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Crafts and Activities Inspired by Classic Tales {Paul Galdone Blog Hop}

This month for Virtual Book Club for Kids we are featuring books by Paul Galdone! Paul Galdone is known for his retellings of classic tales.

Today we are sharing several simple crafts and activities inspired by classic tales. These crafts and activities will go along great with books by Paul Galdone!

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Come make a DIY Puppet Stage for The Three Little Pigs over at Teach Preschool.

Toddler Approved is huffing, puffing, and BLOWING while painting like the “big bad wolf.”

Reading Confetti shares 3 ways to retell classic tales.

Help The Three Little Kittens hang their little mittens out to dry over at Play Dr. Mom.

Try The Three Bears Porridge Experiment with Inspiration Laboratories.

Fantastic Fun and Learning shares a simple way to make The Little Red Hen craft out of shapes!

Tell the story of The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff with Growing Book by Book’s fabulous literacy extension idea.

You can find more Virtual Book Club for Kids book inspired crafts and activities over on our pinterest board!

What is your favorite classic tale?

If you’d like to link up a Paul Galdone inspired craft of activity, you can add it to the linky at the bottom of this post!

 

Laura Numeroff Virtual Book Club Blog Hop

This month we are featuring books by Laura Numeroff for Virtual Book Club for Kids!! If you are new to VBC you can read more about it here. 

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Here are the bloggers that are participating this year!

Toddler ApprovedThe Educators’ Spin On ItRainy Day Mum3 DinosaursLearn~Play~ImagineCrafty Moms ShareReading ConfettiInspiration LaboratoriesMom to 2 Posh Lil DivasKids Yoga StoriesReady-Set-Read – PlayDrMomFantastic Fun and LearningGrowing Book by BookRoyal BalooThe Outlaw Mom® BlogKitchen Counter ChroniclesTeach PreschoolMama SmilesCoffee Cups and CrayonsJuggling With KidsHere Come the Girls

Click on the links above to check out all of the great content on their sites! They all have some amazing book inspired craft and activity posts.

If you’d like to get some ideas based on books by Laura Numeroff, check out the links in the linky below. If you have your own activity or craft to add, LINK IT UP NOW so that we can come check it out! 

Thanks so much for participating in Virtual Book Club for Kids this month!

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Numeroff Virtual Book Club for Kids

The following post is by Kristina of Toddler Approved. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Virtual Book Club for Kids took a little hiatus over the holidays and we are excited to be back for 2014! If you missed our author list for 2013-2014, check it out here. Each month we will feature a new author and we will share activities and crafts inspired by their books!

In January we will be featuring books by Laura Numeroff!

Laura Numeroff VBC collageHave you read any of these books by Laura Numeroff? If so, which ones are your favorites?

My kids currently are loving these three books.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie– My 15 month old just carries this one around saying his version of cookie… hoping I’ll give him one.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin– My kiddos (5 and 3) are obsessed with muffins and could eat them daily. This book cracks them up and gets them salivating for muffins too.

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake– My 5-year-old can read this book now and is so proud of himself. He needs some help but the illustrations are perfect for young readers and keep them engaged and also help give them hints while trying to read the words.

This month we’ll be sharing some Laura Numeroff book inspired activities here, over on Toddler Approved, and on several other blogs. Stay tuned for a post on January 13th. If you’d like to join in, here’s what you need to do…

 If you are new to Virtual Book Club for Kids, here’s how it works:

  1. Pick a Laura Numeroff book to read with your child or class (a few are shown above in my collage)
  2. Comment below and let us know that you are participating!!
  3. Do any activity, craft, cooking project, or other book inspired activity that goes along with the book your chose.
  4. Share what you did with us starting Monday, January 13th! We will have a linky up for several weeks where you can share any blog posts (if you are a blogger) or you can post what you did at the end of the linky post in the comments or on our Facebook wall.

We will be sharing your ideas on our Virtual Book Club for Kids FB page and Pinterest boards.

Some of the other Laura Numeroff books we have or we’d like to add to our collections are…

If You Give a Dog a Donut
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!
If You Take a Mouse to School
If You Take a Mouse to School
If You Take a Mouse to School
If You Take a Mouse to School
If You Take a Mouse to School
Happy Birthday, Mouse!
What Grandmas Do Best

Have you decided which one you want to pick yet?

Don’t forget to follow Virtual Book Club for Kids on Pinterest too!

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I can’t wait to see which book you choose! Don’t forget to come back on January 13th to share the book and activity you chose to do this month!

Camp Sunny Patch Honor Counselor Kristina of ToddlerApproved.comKristina is the author of Toddler ApprovedShe is a mom of three and is a former Special Education teacher. When she’s not blogging, you’ll find Kristina jogging around town, organizing church and neighborhood social events, throwing crafting parties for kids, and traveling with her family. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on Facebook and Pinterest

 

Nick Sharratt Book Inspired Crafts & Activities {Blog Hop}

The following post is by Kristina of Toddler Approved. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Have you signed up for our Virtual Book Club for Kids Newsletter yet? Click here to sign up.

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This month we are spotlighting books by Nick Sharratt for Virtual Book Club for Kids!

Here are the posts that have been shared by our three Virtual Book Club for Kids organizers…

What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen Homemade Lift the Flap Book via Toddler Approved

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Shark in the Park Telescope Craft via Rainy Day Mum

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Come link up any Nick Sharratt book activity posts if you have any in the linky below!

There are a few rules for this blog hop that we ask you to follow, so make sure to read them:

  1. Link up only posts inspired by Nick Sharratt that share children’s book inspired crafts, activities, recipes, etc. Any other posts will be deleted.

  2. Visit other blog posts on the linky and comment on or share the ones you love!

Come Link Up!

You can also find loads of Virtual Book Club ideas organized by author and topic on our Virtual Book Club for Kids Pinterest Board that we just started and will continue to be adding to!

Come sign up for our Virtual Book Club Newsletter too and check out our new Virtual Book Club for Kids blog!

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Witch Crafts and Activities for Kids {Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson}

The following post is by Kristina of Toddler Approved. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

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My daughter and I are participating in a children’s book themed co-op preschool this year! We also love to plan book inspired activities when friends come over so I thought we’d share some of our favorite ideas with you.

This week we will be crafting and playing along with Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.

Here are some cool ideas if you want to invite some friends over and have a witch themed playdate… or just have a little witch themed fun together as a family.

Start off the activity by reading Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. 

Then pick some witch themed crafts, activities, and snacks to try from the list below…

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Witch Crafts & Activities

Make a paper towel roll broomstick via Toddler Approved

Explore some early math concepts via Ready-Set-Read

Create a pop up witch craft via I Heart Crafty Things

Do some witch hat drip painting via Toddler Approved

Make some magic potions with No Time for Flashcards

Play with a witch’s brew via Growing a Jeweled Rose

Melt some crayons and make witch fingers via Creative Connections for Kids

Play witch golf via Toddler Approved

Do some witch cutting via Lalymom

Explore a witch sensory brew via Love, Play, Learn

Build a flower pot witch via The Chirping Moms

Draw a witch while reading along with the book via Imagination Soup

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Witch Snacks

Make popcorn goody witches via Martha Stewart

Create some broom stick & witch hat snacks via Toddler Approved

Make a witch cheese snack via Cooking Creation

If you want more Halloween book inspired resources, head over to our Pumpkin book & activity round up and our VBC Pinterest board.

If you have a favorite witch craft or activity, we’d love for you to share the link in the comments of this post so that we can pin it!

Come back on Monday to check out some more fun book inspired crafts & activities. Next week we are featuring books by Nick Sharratt! I am so excited to share our ideas to go along with What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen?.

Don’t forget to follow Virtual Book Club for Kids on Pinterest too!

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Camp Sunny Patch Honor Counselor Kristina of ToddlerApproved.comKristina is the author of Toddler Approved and founder of Virtual Book Club for KidsShe is a mom of three and is a former Special Education teacher. When she’s not blogging, you’ll find Kristina jogging around town, organizing church and neighborhood social events, throwing crafting parties for kids, and traveling with her family. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on Facebook and Pinterest