Yay summer! Bring on the sun, fun, and FREEDOM!
As adults, we can completely understand our youngster’s reluctance to do any sort of “school-y” things during the off-season; but we also have a responsibility to keep little minds sharp.
Not long ago, the AP blog shared some great info on offering up books that pique the interest of young readers during the summer, but we have another idea up our sleeve as well!
A summer reading solution for reluctant readers
We’ve added a whole new level of “learning is FUN” layer to summer reading with our new kidlit book-inspired activity ebook!
The ABCs of BookJumping: The Best of Jump Into a Book by Valarie Budayr and Rebecca Flansburg allows frustrated parents of reluctant readers to enjoy hand-picked book reviews and unique companion activities that will reignite your child’s love of reading and encourage screen-free family time.
What if you could \”live\” inside the pages of the children’s books your family reads? What if you could enjoy the same adventures as the characters?
Bookjumping is taking the solitary act of reading a book and transforming it into an event that can be shared with others.
It’s the process of pulling books off shelves and stories off pages.
It’s making books come ALIVE by “jumping” inside the pages. Readers of this ebook will enjoy hand-picked book reviews and unique companion activities that will reignite your child’s love of reading and encourage screen-free family time.
“This fun picture-book-based e-book contains over 150 hand-picked book reviews, unique book-inspired activities, and recipes. Just in time for #summer reading!” ~Amazon reviewer
We purposely made this book an ebook for the “portability factor” and affordable to fit every budget and family need.
Go here for more details on what you can expect from with awesome ebook and learn more about the authors.
Grab your copy of The ABCs of BookJumping: The Best of Jump Into a Book on Kindle HERE.
Here’s a sneak peek at one of the many activities in the ebook that will please any Landlubber!
So many things come to mind when we think about pirates and what they wear.
Tri-corner hats worn on top of a tied headscarf, earrings, an eye patch, peg legs, and of course, the hook in place of a hand. So let’s get started since we want you to look the part in this pirate adventure.
Dagger and Sheath
We had so much fun making this. This is so simple to do, and it doesn’t hurt if one should get into a pirate duel.
- Self-Adhesive Foam board. Two large sheets in any color you would like. If you use foam board without the peel and stick adhesive, use foam glue to hold each section together.
Download the sword and sheath pattern HERE. Trace the dagger/sword pattern 4 times on two foam board sheets. Cut out your pattern pieces.
Figure out how you want the color order of your dagger to go. Start with the bottom piece. On the next piece pull back the paper and stick it to the bottom piece.
Keep going like this until you get to the last piece. Peel the paper on this piece, and then peel the paper on the bottom of the dagger and stick the last piece to the bottom piece. Now you have a fun dagger to battle pirates with!
BUT WAIT…what will you put your knife in? All good pirates need a way to carry their knives and what better way to do that than with a sheath.
- One piece of foam board, any color, without the self-adhesive.
- Stitching needle
- Sock yarn, or wax thread
Trace the sheath pattern twice onto the third sheet of foam board. Be sure to knot it at the very beginning and end.
So if this activity made your Swashbuckle hollar for MORE, rest assured there are more pirate-themed activities, crafts, and learning games inside this affordable ebook.
**The steps in greater detail, along with the patterns and diagrams for this craft project, can be found in the pages of the ebook.
The ABCs of BookJumping: The Best of Jump Into a Book contains over 150 book reviews, unique book-inspired activities and recipes, book pilgrimages, facts about classic book authors that we all know and love, and many, many reasons to spend countless hours “unplugged” and reading as a family.
What is a Book Jumper?
It’s more than just an “activity.” Book-jumping is a way of life. It’s where we look at the story from the same perspective as the characters. Instead of the book “being magical”, we actually become the magic. -Valarie Budayr
It’s the process of taking the solitary act of reading a book and transforming it into an event to be shared with others. It’s the act of pulling books off shelves and stories off pages. It’s the act of making kids\’ books come ALIVE and living inside the pages. It’s creating places of magic and wonder, without ever leaving the house.
A-Adventure and exploration via the pages of a book.
B-Bringing about a movement where reading is no longer a solitary act, but one meant to be shared in a group atmosphere.
C-Creating crafts and projects to help bring stories to life.
D. Developing young minds and imaginations through the power of literacy.
E. Embracing the power of books and sharing that passion with others.
F. Finding pathways and walkways that lead to the wonderful world of reading.
G. Generational: Not just for kids, but also for moms, dads, grandmas, grandpa’s, aunts, and uncles.
H. Having fun and learning at the same time.
I. Inspiring a generation of Slow Readers.
J. Jump into a book!
K. Keeping the act of Family Reading a cherished and much-anticipated event.
L. Learning to unplug from the virtual world, and instead, experience a world within the pages of a book instead.
M. Making supply lists before starting a new chapter.
N. Not just reading about the magic within the pages of a book, it’s becoming the magic.
O. Offering a platform to connect with children through reading.
P. Pulling books off shelves and stories off pages.
Q. Quiet reading time is the new “family time.”
R. Reaching into the pages of a story and bringing characters to life.
S. Stretching the act of Jumping Into a Book over the course of several days instead of one evening
T. Tugging at heartstrings and influencing young lives.
U. United families reading a single story together.
V. Varying themes and genres to expose kids to all aspects of literacy
W. Wandering through amazing worlds and strange lands without ever leaving the house.
X. Setting eXamples for young readers, communities, and schools.
Y. Young minds blooming and growing.
Are you a Book Jumper?