Virtual Book Club for Kids Ages 9 and Up
I first hear about the Poppins Book Nook from Piwi Princess on Google + Community Great Books for Kids. It sounded like so much fun that I asked host, Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, if I could join and she was kind enough to include me!
The idea is a virtual book club built around themes so bloggers can choose any book — picture book, chapter book, non-fiction, etc. — and blog on it with an activity! Doesn’t that sound like fun?!
This series will post on the last Monday of every month and here is the line up of themes:
Knights, Princesses, and Castle Chapter Book
This month’s theme is knights, princesses and castles. Oh, how to choose?!
I have an extensive princesses-that-don’t-need-rescuing list but I decided to go with a chapter book that is both a retold fairy tale (actually many fairy tales) and includes princes, knights, princesses and castles. It’s one of my favorite chapter books I read last year because it’s so darn funny.
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (The League of Princes) by Christopher Healy
I love retold fairy tales and this one is hilarious to boot. Imagine if the princes in fairy tales had personalities both flattering and unflattering. And the princesses — Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White — reminded you of girls in Middle School ranging from Mean Girl to super sporty.
Now, have the princes and princesses unite against an evil witch that threatens all their respective kingdoms. Add in the comedic antics of a Shrek movie and you get this hilarious pageturner that modernizes fairy tales of yore. This is sure to be an animated movie but don’t expect Disney to option this book! [chapter book, ages 8 and up]
(Click on image of book to view at Amazon or here for Barnes and Noble)
Activities for The Hero’s Guide for Saving Your Kingdom
There are a lot of characters to keep track of. Let’s start by reviewing all of them in the Who’s Who section.
Because this is a chapter book that screams middle school social scene in the worst way — cliques, bullies and general social mayhem — let’s start with a personality quiz thoughtfully provided by the author.
Which Prince or Princess are YOU?
Then to start a book discussion, let’s pick people in real life that remind of us any of these princes or princesses. Who did you pick and why?
Finally, let’s make duct tape swords. It’s easy. Just use duct tape, aluminum foil, paper, tape and scissors.
Here are some that my daughters made that used copy paper to build forms and then duct tape to cover and strengthen the sword. They are surprisingly sturdy. It might not be a coincidence that girls used paper forms and planned out their sword in advance of the duct tape.
These duct tape swords were made by boys who used just aluminum foil and duct tape.