Category Archives: Virtual Chapter Book Club

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!

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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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

 

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

Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids

The following post is by Kristina of Toddler Approved: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
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We have a really exciting announcement to make today!

In addition to our usual monthly Virtual Book Club for Kids featuring picture books, we are starting a Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids!

This new Virtual Chapter Book Club project will feature a new theme and chapter book series each month! We are hoping that this will be a fun new way to get more kids of all ages reading, creating, and connecting with books all year long!

We’d love to invite you to join in! Keep reading to see how.

Here are our 2013-2014 themes …

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In addition to focusing on a theme each month, we will be sharing a new series of chapter books each month related to the theme. Here are a few of the series that will be spotlighted. Some bloggers will spotlight different series as well.

Virtual Book Club for Kids Series Titles

October – The Boxcar Children
November – Whatever After Series
Decemeber –Holiday Chapter Books
January – Magic School Bus Chapter Books
February – American Girl Series
March – Babymouse
April – Geranimo Stilton
May – DK Eyewitness Chapter Books
June – Matt Christopher Sports Biographies
July – Cam Jansen
August – Magic Tree House

Here’s how our Virtual Chapter Book Club is going to work…

1. At the beginning of each month we will spotlight the new theme and a chapter book series that relates to the theme. We’ll share some details about the books we are choosing and we’ll pick a book or two or three in the series to read during the month.

2. During the month we will read the book(s) and do some book related crafts or activities.

3. On the first Tuesday of the month indicated above we will share about the books we read and post the book related crafts and/or activities that we did (for example on Oct 1st we will share our first post about mysteries).

4. Lastly we’ll add a link up to the bottom of our blog post so that if you are a blogger you can join in and share what book-related crafts and activities you did with your kids!

If you aren’t a blogger you can still participate by sharing your ideas on our Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook wall or in the comments of this post.

Happy children reading the book under the tree

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

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

Do you have a child who is reading chapter books who would enjoy joining our Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids? Will you be joining in? Let us know in the comments!

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 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