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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.

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


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