Each week on Rainy Day Mum we are sharing themed activities, crafts, and recipes for Kids based around some classic storybooks for kids. This is part of our Virtual Book Club for Kids which started back in 2012 as a monthly series and since September we have been running monthly.
In the first 4 months of this new school year, we shared activities and some crafts based on a variety of popular toddler and preschool themes and I know that our readers and those signed up for the Book Based Activities and Crafts Lesson Plans have enjoyed receiving their weekly updates and ideas for bringing books alive. To help you plan and get your book baskets organized here are the next 2 months themes and featured books for January and February.
January Themes and Featured Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Although we are based in the UK and have our fingers crossed that there will be snow we realize that not everyone that reads our blog is in the Northern Hemisphere or is likely to get snow so Winter only features as one of the themes for this month.
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January 2nd, 2017 – Theme Winter
Our first theme is Winter and we have chosen a classic story which is beautifully illustrated and a favorite of my kids. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
January 9th, 2017 – Bears Theme
A classic theme for early years bears and the book that we have chosen is a wonderful story and would also suit the theme of nighttime or sleep. Time to Sleep by Denise Flemming
January 16th, 2017 – Kindness Theme
With Valentine’s day around the corner and after the seasonal Christmas Festivities Kindness is a great theme for this time of the year – it would also work where there is a lot of conflict with either sibling at home or within your class setting. The book we have chosen is a classic tale of kindness that stands the test of time The Lion and The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney.
January 23rd, 2017 – Penguin Theme
Polar animals are a firm favorite in our house and of them all Penguins are one of my favorites and we have a fantastic featured book this month The Penguin and the Pinecone by Salina Yoon is a wonderful story that would work well over the Kindness Theme and this week’s Penguin theme.
January 30th, 2017 – Baking Theme
Ohhhhhh we really can’t wait till this theme as recipes and cooking are one of our favorites so Baking is going to be such a fun theme. Our featured book is also a favorite of ours as is the author If you Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.
February Themes and Featured Books for Virtual Book Club for Kids
We follow on from our January books with these 4 great themes and featured books in February.
February 6th, 2017 – Love Theme
We couldn’t have a February Book List without featuring Love with Valentines around the corner this month’s featured the book of Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond is perfect.
February 13th, 2017 – Weather Theme
A classic theme for you children and a classic children’s author for this month on the theme of weather we will be sharing the featured book Little Cloud by Eric Carle.
February 20th, 2017 – Forest Theme
Another classic theme and also one of my kids favorite books as the featured book this month. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. I really can’t wait for this week to come about.
February 27th, 2017 – Dr. Seuss Week
Until my kids were born this was an author that was unfamiliar to me – sure I had heard of him through the films but in the UK he wasn’t really well known as a children’s author but I have loved discovering his book through their eyes and ears and still remember J being able to recite all of There’s Wocket in my Pocket at the library reading group one day.
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