Category Archives: Virtual Book Club Blog Hops

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!

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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!

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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!

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!.  

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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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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!

 

 

 

 

 

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

lift the flap book

Shark in the Park Telescope Craft via Rainy Day Mum

i-spy telescope craft

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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Boxcar Diorama Craft {Virtual Chapter Book Club Mystery Link Up}

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

Boxcar children diorama craft

Last week we announced our new Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids! In October the Virtual Chapter Book Club will be featuring mysteries! One of the chapter book series that we chose to spotlight are The Boxcar Children Mysteries by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

This month we will share how we created a Boxcar Diorama craft to go along with the book! Scroll down for the supplies and full tutorial.

As part of our Virtual Chapter Book Club, each month each participating blogger will spotlight a series or a specific book from a series and share a book related craft or activity that goes along with the series. We will be featuring these posts in the linky below as well as on our pinterest board and Facebook page.

I loved the The Boxcar Children Mysteries by Gertrude Chandler Warner growing up, so I was excited to introduce them to my children this month! We started with Book 1 and will read as many books as we can throughout October. There are over 100 books in the Boxcar Children series.

The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children series  begins by introducing the four Boxcar children- Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden. Over the course of the first book the orphaned children find themselves a new home and a new grandfather. Our favorite part of the first book is when the children discover the abandoned boxcar during a storm and decide to make it their new home!

As we read the The Boxcar Children and discussed the story and setting details we decided to create our own boxcar *diorama scene! The diorama was fun to add to as we read more of the book.

*A diorama is a 3-D scene in which in which figures, stuffed wildlife, or other objects are arranged in a naturalistic setting against a background.

Supplies: shoebox, glue, colored construction paper, small pasta box, tape, bottle caps, crayons and any other embellishments

Boxcar children dioramaTo create the diorama we started by glueing paper for the grass and sky into the shoebox.

Next we added train tracks with crayon and we created a boxcar using a pasta box, tape, paper, and some bottle caps.

Pasta box boxcar

We left the boxcar unattached so that we could move it around. We also added a lid “stump” in front of the boxcar so that the children could climb into the car.

The last thing we created was the little brook that ran right in front of the boxcar. The kids went outside on a rock hunt and then returned and drew a brook and added some loose rocks to the water.

boxcar children brookAs we continue to read more of the Boxcar Children’s adventures we plan to change and add to our diorama. We may also make some little puppet children to move around so that they can help us retell the story.

Have you read The Boxcar Children Mysteries? Which book is your favorite in the series?

Some of our other favorite mystery themed chapter book series include…

Cam Jansen Book Series by David A. Adler
Encyclopedia Brown Series by Donald J. Sobel

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Make sure to check out the link up below to find some more mystery themed chapter books and activities/crafts. If you have any activity/craft to share inspired by a mystery chapter book, come link up!



Here are our Virtual Chapter Book Club Participating Bloggers this month:

The Educators’ Spin On It
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Play Dr Mom
Coffee Cups and Crayons
KC Edventures with Kids
Kitchen Counter Chronicles

If you want to get our Virtual Book Club for Kids Newsletter, you can sign up here. The first issue will be sent out soon!

Don’t forget to follow Virtual Book Club for Kids on Pinterest too! Just click on the image below.

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Camp Sunny Patch Honor Counselor Kristina of ToddlerApproved.comKristina is the author of Toddler Approved and founder of the 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

Donald Crews Virtual Book Club Blog Hop

This month we are spotlighting books by Donald Crews for our Virtual Book Club for Kids! This blog hop is hosted by Toddler ApprovedThe Educators’ Spin On It, and Rainy Day Mum along with many other bloggers

Donald Crews blog hop

To check out all of the ideas that are shared, scroll down and click on the linky below.

Here are three featured posts by your VBC hosts:

Toddler Approved is sharing an Alphabet Train Matching Activity inspired by Freight Train

alphabet train learning

Rainy Day Mum is sharing sink and float activities inspired by Harbor

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The Educators’ Spin On It is sharing a name train craft and a snack inspired by Freight Train.

Name Train and Train Snack

Do you have a Donald Crews book-inspired activity you can share? If so, come link up!

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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 Donald Crews 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!
PS- If you missed any of our other Virtual Book Club linkies you can find them below:

 

June- Mo Willems

July- Don and Audrey Wood

August- Kevin Henkes

September- Lois Ehlert

October- Amy Krouse Rosenthal

November- Tomie dePaola

December- Jan Brett

January- David McPhail

February- Dr Seuss

March- Julia Donaldson

April- David Shannon

May- Leo Lionni

June- Gail Gibbons

July- Jez Alborough

 

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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!

Virtual Book Club for Kids participating bloggers:
Toddler ApprovedRainy Day MumAdventures in Reading with Kids3 DinosaursRoyal BalooThe Educators’ Spin On ItInspiration LaboratoriesPleasantest Thing Edventures with Kids Two Big Two Little Playing With Words 365Kitchen Counter ChroniclesOutlaw MomMommy and Me Book ClubCrafty Moms ShareNo Twiddle TwaddleThe Good Long Road Ready. Set. Read 2 MeReading Confetti Mama SmilesJuggling with KidsMom to 2 Posh Lil DivasCreekside LearningCreative Family FunThe Usual MayhemTeach PreschoolPlayDrMomCraftoArtHere Come the GirlsBeing a Conscious ParentSmiling like SunshineCrayon FrecklesTrain Up a ChildSmile Play LearnEnchanted Homeschooling MomCoffee Cups and CrayonsHaving Fun at Chelle’s HouseLove, Play, LearnJuggling With KidsMotherhood on a DimeGrowing Book By BookThis Reading MamaFantastic Fun and Learning

 

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