Monthly Book Club ∼ Jan Brett

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With the New Year we have started a monthly book club for a group of fellow homeschoolers in our area.

Each month will feature a new children’s author and share the love of reading with our early readers. The plan will be to read a story together, have other titles by the author available for the children to read and then bring our story to life through a craft and hands-on activity.


For the month of FEBRUARY we celebrated the beautiful stories of Jan Brett!

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Our primary focus for book club was “The Mitten”, but we also had the following titles on hand for the children to enjoy:

  • The 3 Little Dassies
  • Mossy
  • Armadillo Rodeo
  • Trouble with Trolls
  • The Hat
  • On Noah’s Ark
  • The Umbrella
  • Gingerbread Baby
  • Cinders
  • Hedgie’s Surprise

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We began by lacing a card stock mitten. Each child then got a bag of animal cutouts for a sequencing activity. While I read the story aloud, the kids got to put the appropriate animal into the mitten, the cut-outs had both pictures and words so they were great for a variety of ages.

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After reading the story we discussed what kinds of things would typically fit inside a mitten. We came to the consensus that this was likely a fictional story, which had been exaggerated just a bit!

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 For our craft we made some stained-glass mittens. I lined the backs of some cut-out mitten frames with contact paper and had a variety of tissue paper pieces for the kids to stick to the tacky paper. Each child was able to punch a hole in their mitten and thread a string through to hang them.

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And they look very pretty collecting sunlight in our window!

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My eldest and I also did a follow up comparison activity using Jan Brett’s, The Mitten, The Umbrella and The Hat. These stories all follow a very similar story line from which many similarities can be drawn, but they also have very obvious differences. And can even be used as a great springboard for a unit on animal habitats.

Come back next month and dive into the timeless and tongue-twisting tales of Dr. Seuss along with us at Mommy School!

Book Club ~ Mo Willems

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With the New Year we have started a monthly book club for a group of fellow homeschoolers in our area.

Each month will feature a new children’s author and share the love of reading with our early readers. The plan will be to read a story together, have other titles by the author available for the children to read and then bring our story to life through a craft and hands-on activity.


For our first month – JANUARY – we are celebrating the silly and fun stories of Mo Willems!

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Our primary focus for book club was “Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!”, but we also had the following titles on hand for the children to enjoy:

  • Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
  • Knuffle Bunny Free
  • Edwina – The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She was Extinct
  • Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late
  • That is Not a Good Idea
  • The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog

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We began by reading the story aloud. I had the children collect unifix cubes for each time we had to tell the pigeon – “No!”. The kids all agreed that the pigeon was not doing her best listening.

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After reading the story we did a survey of whether or not we would let the pigeon drive the bus, if we had been the bus driver. Each child added their pigeon to our pictograph, and we added up our findings. Two kids were brave enough to let the pigeon drive, while the other 4 stuck with the bus driver’s discretion.

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Using my hand-crafted worksheet, (since printers only breakdown when you need 8 copies of a black-line master) the kids each got to choose, write and illustrate another vehicle that the pigeon would need to be stopped from driving. The children had some excellent ideas, like a truck, a train, a helicopter and an airplane – that crazy pigeon!

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Before moving on to some unstructured playtime, the kids each completed this cute hand print pigeon craft (credit to Pinterest!). Overall, we had a pretty fun inaugural book club, thanks to Mo Willlems silly tale!

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Come back next month and dive into the beautiful stories of Jan Brett along with us at Mommy School!