Eight Tips for Helping Young Readers Bloom

Spring is here, so many people are planning and prepping to work in their gardens. In many places, spring flowers are already blooming or daffodils and other spring bulbs are poking up out of the warming soil. Given the right conditions and care, gardens can be thriving, vibrant places full of life. And the same is true for young readers! So, to celebrate spring and gardens and reading, here are ten tips to help your young readers bloom and thrive, along with some garden photos for some garden inspiration. 1. Just like flowers, budding readers blossom in their own time. Encourage them, but let them grow at their own pace. 2. Gardens need the right nutrients to grow, and this can vary depending on the plant. The same is true for young readers. Fertilize young readers minds with consistent, nutrient-rich mind food. In other words, offer a variety of books! But remember, not all growing readers will respond to the same books the same way.  Cone flowers and black-eyed Susans in Rebecca'

Ten Clever and Creative Book-themed Projects

It's time for a round-up post! In the spirit of cleverness, creativity, and helping you save time, we've gathered some of our favorite book-themed projects and listed them here for your enjoyment. Some of these are from here at Read, Discuss, Do! Others are from our own websites, and others we have discovered around the web. We hope this list of book-themed projects will you and your kiddos get creative during story time and beyond. 

1. What About Moose? - Megaphone craft.  Kids can make a megaphone like the one Moose uses in the book, then act out the story.

2. Little Ewe: The Story of One Lost Sheep - Paper Plate Sheep Craft. Make the sheep, then talk about the story. You could even have your child play the part of the shepherd and find the sheep after you hide it somewhere.

3. When Your Llama Needs a Haircut Wacky Hairstyle Collage. A fun way to get wacky and creative at story time. 

4. One is a PiñataMake Mini Piñatas. This craft is adaptable according to your kiddo's age and skill level.

5. You're The Hugs to My Kisses - postcard story time activity. In case you need an excuse to send a postcard to someone special.

6. A Color of His Own - Chameleon Watercolor Project. Experiment with watercolor paint after reading a great book!

7. Diva Delores and the Opera House Mouse - Feathered Fan craft. A wonderful craft to lead into book-themed creative play.

8. Not Yeti - Tissue Paper Yeti craft. This yeti craft is too adorable to resist!

9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Paper Chain Caterpillar Craft. A fun follow-up to story time to get little ones practicing some fine motor skills. 

10. Little Blue Truck - Craft and Creative Play. Another fun way to combine story time with creativity and play.