Check out our suggestions for some great spring books.
Click on the book title link to get discussion questions, crafts, and activities to do with each book.
Alice the Fairy by David Shannon - (ages 5 and under) Alice is a practicing to be a fairy – she can turn her white dress red, make herself invisible, and can turn her Dad into a horse. But she can’t quite get her dog to float or her clothes to dance into her closet. Read the very cute story Alice the Fairy and make one of these two cute crafts – Alice’s fairy wand or the crown she makes for her dad, the Duke.
The Lorax Book & Craft - (ages 5 to 9) Read The Lorax this Arbor Day and make your own Truffula trees!
Earth Day Book Club - (ages 5 & up) Read The Wump World and Miss Rumphius and make your home or neighborhood a prettier place with our environmentally friendly activities.
Book Club: Miriam's Cup - (ages 4 to 9) Read about Miriam, sister of Moses, then add this tradition to your Passover Seder.
Robert the Rose Horse by Joan Heilbroner - (ages 3 to 8) Poor Robert is allergic to roses and they're everywhere! He has to move away from home, and loses job after job, until one day his sneezing saves the day! Make our Rosy Ring Toss and talk about what it means to have allergies. Also, a great time to talk with your kids about unemployment and what it means.
Love You Forever - (all ages)If you've never read this story with your children, now is the time! But make sure you have some tissues ready. This sweet story about unconditional love is sure to have everyone sniffling at the end.
Just Me and My Mom - (ages 2 to 5) Read this book and plan a trip together...just you and your Mom!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - (ages 3 to 6) Read Eric Carle's classic book and create your own hungry caterpillar and beautiful butterfly!
Are You My Mother? Book & Craft - (ages 3 to 6) Read the classic story and then make a baby bird and nest to act out your own version of the story.
Ferdinand the Bull - (ages 4 to 10) Read the classic story of a bull who just wants to sit under his favorite tree and smell the roses.
The Turkey Ball - (ages 3 to 8) Read The Turkey Ball by David Steinberg and make a festive turkey craft!
Where the Wild Things Are & Craft - Read Where the Wild Things Areby Maurice Sendak and create a monstrous mask!
The Very Busy Spider Story & Spiderweb Game - (ages 2 to 5) Read The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and create this spider web game that you can also play at your Halloween party!
Pumpkin Pumpkin Story & Craft - (ages 2 to 5) Read Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington and make your own Jack-O-Lantern picture frame to capture your favorite Halloween memories.
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (ages 4 to 8) Fall is here and that means Leaf Man is on the move. Where is he going? We don’t know but “A Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows.” Read this book, enjoy the amazing artwork and illustrations (made using real leaves), and create your own leaf creature.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom & Palm Tree Craft - (ages 2 to 5) Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom illustrated by one of our favorites: Lois Ehlert and create this handprint palm tree!
Teacher's Pets - (ages 5 & up) Each week a new pet comes to visit Miss Fry's classroom, but what happens when they all have to say good-bye?
Splat the Cat - (ages 3 & up) Back to school jitters? Poor Splat is worried, too! But after a big adventure on his first day, Splat can't wait to go back to school!
Just Me and My Dad - (ages 2 to 5) Read this book and watch the videos included to get in the mood for camping.
Rainbow Fish - (ages 4 to 8) Read the classic story about a fish who learns about the true meaning of friendship.
Patriotic Flag Stamp Craft & Story (ages 8 & up) Choose any flag story (or use one of our three suggestions) and create this flag stamp craft to make artwork that will be nice enough to frame!
Papa, Do You Love Me? - (ages 3 to 8) Read this follow-up to the popular story Mama, Do You Love Me?.
Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller (ages 4 to 8) Arnie's very excited to meet his doughnut neighbors but even MORE excited to see who he's going home with. When Mr. Bing chooses him from all the other dozens of doughnuts, Arnie gets a big surprise when Mr. Bing tries to eat him! Read this book and make your very own doughnut that looks good enough to eat!
Mmm, Cookies by Robert Munsch - (ages 3 to 10) A fun story about a boy named Christopher who tricks his family and friends with playdough cookies. Robert Munsch wrote this story based on his experience working in a daycare when the children would make him “cookies” and laugh at his funny faces and noises. Substitute your funniest sound effects to make this story your own.
Create a Storybook - (ages 3 and up) Don't just read a book, make your own! Use paper bags to create versatile storybooks that you can use for just about anything! We made an ABC book, but you can use a fairy tale or original story, create a mini-scrapbook, or work on numbers, shapes, colors, and more!
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash - (ages 4 to 8) Read the hilarious tale of Jimmy's field trip gone wrong and create your own boa while learning about patterns. Just keep it away from your laundry!
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch (ages 4 to 8) Elizabeth is a beautiful princess who wears fancy clothes and is about to marry Prince Ronald, when a dragon destroys her clothes and her castle and carries off Prince Ronald. Wearing a paper bag, Elizabeth finds the dragon and outwits him to save Ronald. But Ronald is ungrateful and tells her to “come back when you are dressed like a real princess." Read this book to find out how Elizabeth outsmarts the dragon AND lives happily ever after – without Prince Ronald – and make your own Paper Bag Princess puppet.
Our Favorite Books, Part 3 - (ages 3 to 9) The third in our new series, this post features 6 of our favorite books. Includes discussion points for each book, plus crafts/activities, along with a link to purchase the books inexpensively.
Our Favorite Books, Part 2 - (ages 3 to 9) The second in our new series, this post features 6 of our favorite books. Includes discussion points for each book, plus crafts/activities, along with a link to purchase the books inexpensively.
Our Favorite Books, Part 1 - (ages 3 to 9) The first in our new series, this post features 5 of our favorite books. Includes discussion points for each book, plus crafts/activities, along with a link to purchase the books inexpensively.
The Twilight Saga: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, & Breaking Dawn for the Twilight series of books by Stephenie Meyer (Young Adult reading level): Here we provide some great decorating ideas, recipes, activities, and more for the perfect Twilight party. Check back often as this activity will be updated regularly.
The Hat: Book & Craft - (book: ages 3 to 8) Read The Hat by Jan Brett and make your own real silly hat.
Dr. Seuss Collage - (ages 3 to 8) Read your favorite Dr. Seuss book and make a collage of one of the pages.
Matching Mittens: Book, Craft, & Activity - (ages 2 to 5) Read The Mitten by Jan Brett and create your own mittens to mix and match.
Snow Day books, crafts, & activities -- (ages 2 through 8) A variety of books, activities, and crafts guaranteed to have parents and children alike wanting more snow days!
The Polar Express - (ages 2 to 8) Read the classic The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and turn your children into train conductors!
The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket. (Reading Level is ages 9 -12, but kids as young as 5 will understand the basic idea and enjoy the craft.) It may look like a Christmas book (in fact, its full title is The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story) but this story is all about Hanukkah and how one little potato pancake is on a quest to find some understanding in a world full of Christmas symbols. Read this hilarious story and create your own screaming latke!
Andrew's Loose Tooth by Robert Munsch (ages 3 to 6) Andrew has a loose tooth, but no matter what he does he can’t seem to get it out. Read the hilarious story Andrew’s Loose Tooth by Robert Munsch to find out what crazy tricks Andrew’s family and friends have him try to get that loose tooth! Then do our fun mouth craft for Tooth Fairy Day on February 28.
The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller - (ages 5 to 10) Kansas is not happy with where he’s located, so Nebraska helps organize a party for the states to meet. When the states decide to switch places, things get a bit crazy! Nevada and Mississippi fall in love, Minnesota gets sunburnt after switching with Florida, and Kansas gets a little lonely out in Hawaii’s spot. Soon, everyone is ready to go home. Kids will love learning geography with these silly states.
*www.EdwardsMeadow.com -- Fansite for the Twilight Saga