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Book Club for Kids: Chapter Book on Knights, Princesses and Castles

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.

Hero's guide to saving your castle quiz

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?

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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.

duct tape swords using paper forms

These duct tape swords were made by boys who used just aluminum foil and duct tape.

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Blogs Participating in the Poppins Book Nook:
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom – Royal Baloo – 3 Dinosaurs – Monsters Ed – Chestnut Grove Academy – Growing in God’s Grace – Royal Little Lambs – Life with Moore Babies – Teach Beside Me – The Usual Mayhem – Mum Central – Fantastic Fun and Learning – Kathys Cluttered Mind –Play Create Explore – Toddler Approved – Growing Book by Book – Adventures in Mommydom –B-Inspired Mama – The Fairy and The Frog – Edventures with Kids – Learning & Growing the Piwi way – A Gluten Free Journey – Rainy Day Mum – Mom to Crazy Monkeys
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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. What a fantastic idea! Sounds like lots of fun. I love the duct tape swords to get boys involved in the theme and what girl would not want to choose her favorite princess,

  2. I love the idea,my boys will have fun reading it
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  3. I just finished reading that book a couple weeks ago – such a fun read!
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  4. Catherine

    Sounds fantastic! We are already getting ready to make swords before I finish commenting 😉 Thanks!
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  5. Looks like a fun book, and even the pictures remind you of middle school attitudes! Sounds like it might be a good book to talk about personal character development as well. We’ll have to be on the lookout for it!
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  6. Oh, my 12 year old daughter would LOVE that book! I’ll be sending a request for an inter-library loan today! Thanks, Mia.
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  7. Pinning! I need to have this for my dragon slayer boys :).

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  8. Jill

    I have never heard of that storybook so I am putting it on my library book list for later this week. Your duct tape sword is so creative and fun!

  9. Knowing my daughter she would choose to make and use swords instead of choosing a princess! But anyway, this is a great kids’ event that will keep kids interested in books. We all know that reading books may not be too popular nowadays.
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    • Hi Maria,
      I love girls with swords and shields! My girls made swords and daggars and actually theirs were more sturdy than the boys plus had more features like wrist guard. No reason why girls can make and play with swords!

      We are all, as children’s book bloggers, trying to entice kids away from screens. It does work! Kids will read if you just keep at it.
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  10. I love this book, and can’t wait for the sequel! Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf.
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  11. Bethany @ No Twiddle Twaddle

    Fun idea. I love the personality quiz and who’s who idea. I can’t wait to see what else you come up with for the book club. Thanks for linking up to The Children’s Bookshelf!
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  12. Ann

    Those swords are strangely realistic and I love the sound of this book for my kids!

    Also love the sound of this book club. Do I sign up on Google+? I would llike to participate!
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  13. wow the pics are mazin
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