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Book Party {Kids}

Book Party {Kids}

by Jesse on May 12, 2011

When deciding to homeschool the kids I wanted to try my best to keep school fun and playful. Rhett and Blair are both reading and Jude is close behind. So in an attempt to keep them “wanting” to read I came up with the idea to have a Book Party. It was a surprise for them. They knew some of the things I had picked up, but didn’t know exactly what we were doing.

I love surprises!

Here is what we did.

I gave each child ย 4 new books, 4 book plates, and two strips of paper with stickers to create bookmarks.

First we decorated our bookmarks.


Then we filled out our bookplates!

Here is how we are staying on track…

Each kiddo gets a Bookworm chart. For every book they read to me, we will write it on a segment of the worm. When they get to a segment that has a star they get to pick a prize. A little motivation to keep going and finish all 17 segments. =)

Another bit of reading motivation.

A few of the details…

I always did want a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils!

{Do you remember that from the movie You’ve Got Mail}

They loved every minute of it! We have our first segments filled out today. I am sure we will be taking some library trips too!

Happy reading!


Bookplates found here

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

nikkiNo Gravatar May 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm

FUN! You are such a great homeschool mommy. I’m going to remember this for next year when we stark K-5.


MercedesNo Gravatar May 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Oh my word this has got to be the most brilliant and exciting thing I’ve ever seen. My oldest is only 4 so she can’t read just yet. Maybe I can do something similar and tweak it just a bit for her age group. I so love this idea. Good job mom!


tinaNo Gravatar May 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm

What a mom! I love, love, love this. You can be sure I’m going to use some of your ideas & bookmarking the rest for the future.. My 5 y/o is just starting to read & devours it. Super inspiring & creative!


AlanaNo Gravatar May 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm

LOVE this! My little man is only 2 but I am already filing away ideas because I also aspire to make homeschooling fun. Thanks for sharing this!


Kim HudsonNo Gravatar May 12, 2011 at 10:21 pm

You inspire me! I wish I would have thought of ideas like these when mine were little. Keep posting, I so enjoy your blog!!!


JesseNo Gravatar May 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I am so glad this party has lent you girls some ideas! That makes my day! =)


AmandaNo Gravatar May 13, 2011 at 7:03 am



karen@strictlysimplestyleNo Gravatar May 13, 2011 at 7:07 am

So adorable, what a great way to get your kids excited about reading. You would be a great party planner, you always think of the tiny details.


sharstinNo Gravatar May 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm

what a fantastic idea! you are such a cute mom~ i love everything that you put together!


whatever DeeDee WantsNo Gravatar May 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm

You are such a fun mom! This party is amazing. I wish someone would surprise me with a book party ๐Ÿ™‚


LindsayNo Gravatar May 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Girl you amaze me! What amazing details!! You are such a FUN mommy ๐Ÿ™‚


JoiNo Gravatar May 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm

How sweet, J! This is a wonderful idea!


ValNo Gravatar May 17, 2011 at 6:21 am

You are seriously one amazing woman.


DK StangelandNo Gravatar May 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

This is great fun! Thanks for sharing.


CindiNo Gravatar May 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

What a great idea. During the dreay winter, we have an annual “100 book day” where the kids and I just have a marathon reading day of children’s books. Next year, we’ll have to incorporate some of your fun ideas and make it a party!


CindiNo Gravatar May 18, 2011 at 11:08 am

What fun ideas. During the dreary winter, we have an annual “100 book day” where the kids and I have a marathon reading day of children’s books. Next year, I’ll have to incorporate some of your fabulous ideas and make it a party!


BethenyNo Gravatar May 18, 2011 at 11:09 am

FANTASTIC idea!!! I’ve been trying to get my 7-year-old get excited about reading and my 8-year-old has just started LOVING it. This sounds like a PERFECT idea! Thanks. Peeking over from TT&J. ๐Ÿ˜‰


BriNo Gravatar May 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

Okay, I can honestly say that I’ve never had the desire to homeschool until now. ๐Ÿ™‚ You actually make me think I could try it! What a fun and interactive learning idea! I am bookmarking this one!!!


Dee BradyNo Gravatar May 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

What a great idea. I will have to do this during the summer because I am going to be reading a new book every week to my girls with crafting involved. Thanks for the ideas.


BethNo Gravatar May 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

This is a fantastic idea, what a lovely, lovely surprise for your children:)! My kids are 5, 7, and 11 and I think this would be a great way to kick off summer reading. Thanks so much…I’m going to go check out the rest of your blog:)



Tanya @ Greetings From the AsylumNo Gravatar May 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm

My son is going into Kindergarten next year, but he’s been reading since he was two. He would LOVE a birthday party like this. Thank you for the inspiration!!!


JillNo Gravatar May 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Last year for my boys birthdays (they are 3 years apart but their b-days are only 4 days apart) we had a book exchange for their party. We held the party at an indoor play place but instead of guests bringing gifts for my little guys (they get plenty of presents from family already!!) I had everyone bring a book. Then we put each name in a party hat (2 groups, one for the 6-year-olds and one for the 3-year-0lds) and the birthday boys got to pick first. When they pulled a name, they got the book from that person as their new book to keep, then that person picked the next name until everyone had a new book to take home! It was great! I did small goodie bags but didn’t feel like I had to spend major $$ on them because I knew each child would be taking home a new book anyway! Everyone had a great time and a friend copied me later that summer and had the kids make their own bookmarks to take home. Just wanted to share!


TheBargainBabeNo Gravatar August 15, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Well I’m a little late to this party, but wow, love the idea! I’m especially fond of the bookworm incentive chart! I’ve been trying to figure out what to do this year to encourage my 2nd grader to read more and THIS is it…the bookworm chart.

Thanks for sharing!


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