As a children’s book author, one of my fears would be that the story would end after the last page is turned. Of course my portion of the story must come to a close, but I really wanted the story itself, the characters, and the lessons, to resonate with both kids and adults long after it’s finished.
One of the ways I thought to carry on the engagement was through what I call Beyond the Text Bundles. Not only do these bundles provide academic exercises like reading comprehension, vocabulary building and writing prompts to boost any classroom lesson, but they also boast character building activities, S.T.E.M. group projects and take home crafts that will hopefully keep Blooming Rose alive and well.
Bookish crafts and activities are a way to continue conversations around meaningful stories disguised as fun. Recalling facts, exploring situations and making character connections become just part of the play when building your own rocket, thinking like an illustrator or investigating a book themed sensory bucket. We also know repetition resonates, so the more we can encourage children to become part of the story, the more likely they’ll want to read it again, and the more they’re likely to retain key concepts from it. So as an author, what a win - win!
So whether you’re a classroom teacher, homeschooling hero, or summer reading champ, there’s always a way to turn the next page on your favorite storybook.
What do you prefer, academic bookish exercises or story book crafts for fun?!
Thank you to Gina at Gina Rae Mitchell Blog for inviting me to guest post on her blog. The original post can be found here.