We build a lot of forts and read a lot of books. So it seemed natural to combine the two activities, and we made a book nest! The nest (our “book fort”!) was basically just throwing pillows and blankets onto the floor, and draping blankets over furniture so we could cuddle up together and read.
It was a good way to burn off energy. First we were active, running around gathering blankets and pillows, moving furniture, and setting up our cozy spot. Then we selected a huge stack of books, and piled in.
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The perfect book to accompany this activity was Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. It’s a book within a book, which gives us a glimpse into various types of books (including pirate stories, fairytales, aliens, and even encyclopedias). Charlie Cook settles down to read with his favorite book, and in it, there is a pirate, who also finds a book. The pirate’s book is about Goldilocks, who is found reading Little Bear’s favorite book…and so on!
We read this book, and then played a game based on the book.
Our Book Nook Game:
- First we read one of the books in our stack.
- One of us would pretend that one of the characters in the first book was reading about another book in our stack.
- We each guessed which book was being read.
- Then we would read the second book.
So we had a book about The Little Red Hen, and then my preschooler said the little red hen was reading “about a gorilla who went to sleep in the zookeeper’s bed.” I guessed that he was reading Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann.
We read Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book as part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids. Have you checked it out yet? Each month a group of bloggers focuses on one author, and then we publish activities, crafts, snacks, and more ideas as extensions of one of our favorite books. For this month’s ideas, check out the great ideas linked up below. And if you have a Julia Donaldson post, please link it up below!
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