Simply find these books at your local library or bookstore, read them (independently or together--whichever is best for your young readers), discuss each book with your child, and then try out the follow-up activity that’s paired with each book!
effects of littering on the environment. Follow-up: Participate in a local ‘Community Clean-up Day’ or make one of your
own at a local park or simply grab a trash bag and head outside to pick up any trash you can find (be sure to wear
adventure and learn many animal facts along the way! Follow-up: Visit a local zoo, a petting zoo, a wild animal park or
even a farm that advertises child-friendly visits!
children) learn the value of being ‘honest, kind, brave and true.’ Follow-up: If you’re near a large city, tour a food
production factory, or even a local bakery (cookies anyone?), if not, then make some yummy ‘chocolatey’ treats on a
beach—reading or surfing? Find out who wins! Follow-up: Spend a day at the beach/lake/local pool, or improvise with a
kiddie pool in your own backyard! Later, dive into reading Moby Dick to your kids and see if they like it as much as Bro
Larry, the museum guard, as he discovers that all the dinosaurs have left the museum! Follow-up: Go on a visit to a
museum of course, and maybe even a chat with one of the guards there! What would they do if the exhibits
and her crazy animal students! Why wait until October to learn about fire safety? Follow-up: Make an appointment to
visit your local firehouse—have the kids chat with the fire fighters about what they learned from the book!
about bird-watching! It even has tips and tricks to encourage certain birds to nest in your yard! Follow-up: Visit a local
Audubon Center or wild bird rehabilitation center. If these aren’t available just keep the book handy all summer and have
a contest in identifying as many birds as possible!
movie. It teaches kids about the value of family. Follow-up: Go see the movie “Finding Dory” but only AFTER reading the
book--and maybe visit an aquarium this summer to identify lots of fish as well! Later read, The Little Fish that Got Away
by Bernadine Cook. This is one of our favorites (can you tell by its condition)! After reading the book go fishing and see if
you can catch a great, great big fish, a great big fish, a big fish or a little fish :)
nature walk and one on a train. Follow-up: A nature hike in which kids get to engage in some of the same activities that
Henry does on his nature walk.
perspective of a worm—a ‘kid worm’ at that! Once they’ve read this book, they’ll want to read all the books in this
humorous series (Diary of a Fly, Diary of a Spider, etc.). Follow-up: If you’re not brave enough to have your kids look for
worms (and their hiding places!) in your yard, then have your kids write their own diary series by choosing creatures that
they’d like to write about, from the creature’s viewpoint of course!