This month’s theme is “Curiosity & Imagination” – each book has been selected to not only engage higher-level thinking and reasoning skills, but to encourage little ones to be inquisitive about the world around them – asking ‘how?’ and ‘why?’.

Starting with the Bitty Box, we had two sturdy board books – Why the Face?, and Guess Who!

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • Little ones love imitating! As you read Why the Face, take turns copying each character’s facial expression. After reading, choose an emotion and act out the face. See if your little one can guess how you’re feeling based on your expression.
  • Cut facial features (e.g., noses, eyes, mouths, ears) out of magazines and help your child create lots of different faces. Can you make an angry face? How about a silly face? What’s the funniest face you can create?

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • Play ‘Guess Who’ with a toy or stuffed animal! Choose a toy and hide it underneath a blanket – give clues one at a time (e.g., this toy is grey, it has long floppy ears, it hops around…) and see if your child can guess the toy. Then, switch and see if your little one can practice their describing words to give clues for a new toy.
  • Make your own animal mask to pretend to be other animals. Templates available to download and print out from our blog.

Next up is our Biggie Box. In this month’s box we had two gorgeous hardcover books: What Happens When…, and How to Put a Whale in a Suitcase.

Language Concepts:

What Happens When… uses minimal text to introduce each spread’s concept, and then embraces a wordless gatefold page to spark open-ended conversation. This book provides great opportunities for children and adults alike to showcase their imaginations then compare their ideas to what’s revealed by the illustrator underneath each flap.

Discussion Topics:

  • Before you start reading, ask your child what they think the book might be about. Encourage them to use the title and cover pages as clues.
  • For older readers, prompt their ideas for what they think happens in each scenario. For younger readers, describe what is happening in each picture and ask simple questions e.g., the balloon is floating away, where could it be going?
  • There was no answer for what happens to stories once a book is closed… what do you think happens?

Hands-On Activities:

  • Did you have a different idea for one of the ‘what happens when’ questions? Draw a picture of what you imagined!
  • Make your own sock puppet just like the sock having tea with the undies! Instructions available on our blog.

Language Concepts:

The style of How to Put a Whale in a Suitcase is unique in that it presents a situation that is entirely impossible, but then uses its striking illustrations to also present an interesting solution. While the idea of fitting a whale in a suitcase is a metaphor for packing up the young boy’s whole life, the concepts of problem solving and thinking differently can still be explored with children further..

Discussion Topics:

  • Before you start reading, ask your child what they think the book might be about. Encourage them to use the title and cover pages as clues.
  • After reading – were you surprised that the boy was able to fit his whale into the suitcase? Do you think it was his actual whale or a drawing of a whale?
  • The boy in the story is going on a long journey. What’s the furthest you’ve been on a journey? Where did you go and how long did it take to get there?

Hands-On Activities:

  • Make your own suitcase using your Bookieboo box! What special things would you put inside your suitcase? Design the outside of the box to show off your own unique personality.
  • The boy in the story is going on a long journey. Where do you think he could be going? Draw a picture of what you think his destination might look like.

Our Family Box included 1 book from our Bitty Box and 1 from our Biggie Box. This month’s books were Guess Who! and What Happens When…

That’s it for September! Orders are now open for our October ‘Ocean’ theme boxes!

xx Karly
Owner, Bookieboo

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