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World book day activities

Please don’t disturb, I’m reading.

book cover for World book day 2015

Imagine the scene. You’re in a fabric shop and you spot the most adorable print. It’s a Spring time design, but it will be Spring at some point, right? (scene outside: rain pouring, shoppers scurrying around buying Christmas presents.)

world book day book cover fabric

You get home and add the new fabric to your patchwork fabrics. And there is stays. Nothing goes with it. It’s pastel blue in sharp contrast to all the jewel like colours of Winter, that you’re currently using. Too cartoony for the Dear Daughter quilt. Was it a mistake?

checking fabric with book

Fast forward a couple of months. The first daffodils start to bud up in the garden. The daylight steals back more of the day, and the perfect project presents itself for the fabric. Not a patchwork, but a book cover.

printing quote for book cover on fabric

Turns out that it goes perfectly with a water-splattered green fabric, that’s also been hiding among the winter fabrics.

bookmark part of book cover

I love this project. It would make a great tween/teen sewing activity. I’m hoping to make a few more covers for World Book Day on 5th March.

Neither of our schools seem to be dressing up, this year and I can’t let it completely pass without a little bit of crafting. Eldest went as Arrietty, from the Borrowers, last year.

bookmark attached to book cover

The project combines two of my loves: reading and sewing. Every time I pick up my book, the little white hens make me smile.

reading a book with a handmade book over

The built-in bookmark means I won’t lose my bookmark, as usual. Forced to resort to using a tissue or old receipt.

world book day book cover quote

Oh, and the words? “Shh…One day you might be glad I read this book”. Maybe a vain attempt to win just a fraction more time reading without interruption.

(moral of the story: every fabric has it’s season.)

Linking up to Creative Monday and Tots100 #BeInspired

Seeing as it’s World Book Day

easter bunny sleepy head

Seeing as it’s World Book Day, I thought I’d search around my blog archives for a few books and crafting sessions I’ve written about. Each one I’m including I know encouraged my children to read.

Jody and rabbit

1.First book  Jody’s Beans was a lovely way to couple gardening and reading. BL was a reluctant reader, but I always see this book as the turning point. We made a bean house for our runner beans. We do each year. I also made the book bunny for BL to cuddle as we read together. Book bunny still sits on our favourite reading chair. Calling out for little readers to read to her.

 totortoises on book

2. Next book is  The Tortoise’s Gift is a delightful story about how the least likely hero can be just that. A hero. Not wishing to spoil the story, but the tortoise saves the day, when the other animals are too busy looking for fame and fortune. It is a chapter book and I’m reading this with TF (6 yo) who is super excited to be reading chapter books.

A couple of years ago, we made little walnut tortoises using pipe cleaners and sequins. They were put on the Christmas tree. Every time they come out, we end up discussing the tortoise and why he succeeded.

BB Chenoo

3. There is nothing like a visit to a bookshop to encourage children to read. We went to Barefoot Books shop in Oxford on its opening weekend. The children listened to a story, made lanterns and of course selected a book each to buy.

They love bookshops and often ask to go to one as a treat. Library visits are popular too. Each year they join in with the reading challenge.

They did feed a turnip to the Chenoo, but were rather nervous of him, I seem to remember. That was before they read the book. Continue reading

A book project

Earlier this month, I was lucky to win a copy of Bird and Little Bird’s Alphabet Glue over at Mousy Brown’s House. Yah! This is the first e-zine I have received. The description of the projects were enticing and easy to follow. BL’s teachers words, from parent’s evening, were still ringing in my ears. My six year old could do with fun projects to encourage her interest in reading. I felt Alphabet Glue may just help.

I printed out the pdf and put it in a project folder. As I handed it to BL, I was still unsure if she would be interested. After encouraging “oohs” and “ahhs” and “Can we do this” from her, I was sure that we would have some interesting projects to do over the Easter holiday. I should add that it appealed to my book-mad 8 year old as well.

The first day, they set up a library. TF was a very willing first customer for them. He borrowed and returned a good number of books. I feel this bodes well for him in the future.

Friday, we set about the next project. Accordion books. Continue reading

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