Books Alive: One Good Thing

Make a Good Things Jar via @PagingSupermom

We are excited to have Jill Nystul of the blog One Good Thing By Jillee visiting today with her daughter Samantha to share a cute story and project idea for our Books Alive summer reading series.

I have probably read a million children’s books to my four children over the years (my oldest is 25 now, and my youngest is 15) and never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would ever be able to say I have a children’s book of my own! But last year my nephew and business partner Scott and I came up with the idea of doing at children’s book based on the nickname my father gave me when I was little and a dream was born! Little did I know that within a year the dream of a book would not only become a reality but it would end up being my favorite children’s book of all time. Of course there’s the chance I might be a little prejudiced, but I hope after you read it you will agree!

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Books Alive: See Ya Later Alligator

See Ya Later Alligator Book & Memory Game via @PagingSupermom

Today we have Kimberly, here from Packed with Fun, to share her favorite children’s book.

I am thrilled to be adding one of my favorite kids’ books to Paging Supermom’s Books Alive series. My little guy is still pretty young, but we love to read together. We especially enjoy books with animals. We are learning all about different animals and love to make animal sounds. I don’t mean to brag, but my little guy is really good at “moo,” “baahhh,” and hissing like a snake.

See Ya Later Alligator Book & Memory Game via @PagingSupermom

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Books Alive: I Scream Ice Cream!

This book looks so cute and love the little ice cream cone craft via @PagingSupermom

Today we are just giddy to have our friend Amber of Damask Love visiting. This girl is loads of fun, super crafty and about to become a total Supermom.

Hey there, Supermoms! I’m thrilled to be a part of the Books Alive series. As a mom-to-be, with my first little one on the way, I have been having a great time picking out books that I’ll read to the baby. Many of the other Books Alive blog posts have featured some of my favorites, and I’m hoping today I’ll introduce another fun book that you’ll add to your own collection.

This book looks so cute and love the little ice cream cone craft via @PagingSupermom

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Books Alive: Edgar Gets Ready for Bed

Supplies for Making a fun Scratch Book via @PaigngSupermom

Our fun visitor today is Megan of Persimmon Floral, here with a craft project we know your kids are going to adore.

Hello! I am so excited to be a part of this fun series. I just had (well, I guess a year ago) my first baby boy, so I’m excited to be joining the ranks of supermomdom! And along with that, slowly gaining a really fun book collection. Some of my favorites so far come from Jennifer Adams, author of the adorable BabyLit series. Seriously, have you seen these? Jennifer takes well-loved classics (like Sense and Sensibility, Moby Dick, Jungle Book, and Alice and Wonderland) and creates primers to introduce your child to the world of literature. The artwork by Alison Oliver is amazing too. I can’t get enough of them so when I picked a book for this post, I had to use one from the BabyLit series. And since I’m a new mom, all things sleep and bedtime are high on my list of thoughts so Edgar Gets Ready for Bed was an obvious choice.

This "Edgar Gets Ready for Bed" book looks so cute via @PagingSupermom

In this book (inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven), Edgar is a mischievous raven who answers all his mother’s requests to get ready for bed with a defiant NEVERMORE! The mother ultimately understands how to make bedtime happen however and the story ends with some snuggling and story time for Edgar. The artwork by Ron Stucki is incredible and the inspiration for this craft. Edgar is a black raven, but if you look closely he’s got a lot of fun color going on.

Edgar the Raven via @PagingSupermom

Edgar’s look reminded me of a fun elementary art project from back in the day. It’s scratch art using crayons, paint and toothpicks. Using this technique you can make a personalized bedtime routine book for your little one (with their help of course!). Let’s get started!

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Books Alive – Julius, Baby of the World

Today we have the talented Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair visiting with a little basic sewing tutorial for her Books Alive project.

Hello! I’ve had so much fun following along with the Books Alive series here at Paging Supermom this summer. Even though my kids are older now, I still love a good children’s book. When my kids were little we tried to read to them as much as possible. Some nights it went well, other nights not so much.

After we had our first daughter, we struggled with fertility problems for a few years. My oldest daughter was almost six when her twin siblings were born and was quite used to being the only kid around for a while. Overall she had a great transition to sibling”hood” but there were a few bumps along the way.

Which brings us to one of my absolute favorite books, Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes. Lilly (of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, another AWESOME book) has a baby brother and does not adjust well to his presence. She says mean words to him while he’s sleeping and warns pregnant mothers that they will regret their baby bumps. She also spends more time than usual in her “uncooperative” chair. In the end she comes around to the idea of a baby brother, but the way that she deals with him early in the book is absolutely hilarious!

Easy Doll Blanket Tutorial via @PagingSupermom #sewing

Reading this book again reminded me how it can be sometimes hard for older siblings when new babies come home. There is so much love and attention focused on the baby, and I can see why they sometimes feel left out.

I always love giving handmade baby gifts, so I thought that maybe it would be fun to give a handmade gift to a sibling instead. So, for my Books Alive project, today I’m sharing with you how to make this very simple self binding receiving blanket that’s the perfect size for a baby doll! This is a VERY simple sewing project, so simple in fact that older kids could sew one themselves with just a little bit of help.

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Books Alive: Little Bunny Follows

How to Make Dill Pickles - Super Easy Recipe via @PagingSupermom

We are joined today by Bonnie of A Golden Afternoon who has a delightful contribution to our Books Alive Summer Reading series.

Do you remember scratch and sniff books? I don’t know how those ever went out of style. What’s better than opening a book and experiencing a deeper part of the story through scent. My very favorite book growing up was Little Bunny Follows His Nose. It’s about a bunny who leaves home to see what’s out in the world. Pine trees, peaches, strawberry jam, and dill pickle scents leap off the page as the bunny meets new friends and learns what delightful scents he finds when he “follows his nose.” Hearing the story and being able to experience what the little rabbit was seeing and smelling was the coolest gift to a little kid.

Easy Dill Pickles Recipe inspired by Little Bunny Follows His Nose #BooksAlive via @PagingSupermom

When I came home from the hospital after having my first baby, my Mom gave me a new copy of the book, and I’ve been reading it to all three of my kids since. Now, my oldest is reading it too! Books are such a gift, aren’t they? Your little ones will love burying their noses in the pages of Little Bunny Follows His Nose and sniffing their way through his adventures.

Easy Dill Pickles Recipe inspired by Little Bunny Follows His Nose #BooksAlive via @PagingSupermom

To bring the pages of this story even closer for my kids to experience, we brought one of the scratch and sniff scents to life. I loved the part of the story most where the bunny smells dill pickles being made in the kitchen of a new friend. Dill and garlic hitting a hot canning jar is still one of my very favorite smells.

How to Make Dill Pickles - Super Easy Recipe via @PagingSupermom

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Books Alive: SkippyJon Jones

The easiest way to make Churros! via @PagingSupermom

Our friend Heather from WhipperBerry stopped by today to be part of our Books Alive Summer Reading Series, which means we’re in for a treat. Heather always shares amazing recipes, and this one already has my mouth watering. Take it away Heather…

I am so excited to be here on Paging Supermom today!! I’m a HUGE fan of these talented ladies and I adore this series that they’ve put together this summer.

I, like many moms out there, LOVE to read to my kiddos, but I especially love to read to my kiddos when the book is just as entertaining to me as it is to the little ones. One of our favorite books is SkippyJon Jones! It’s about a precocious little kitten who thinks he’s a Chihuahua! Using his best spanish accent he says,” My ears are too beeg for my head. My head ees too beef for my body. I am not a Siamese Cat… I’m a Chihuahua!!” Donning a Zorro like mask, he heads off to have all kinds of adventures quietly singing… ” My name is Skippitto Friskito. (clap-clap) I fear not a single bandito. (clap-clap) My manners are mellow, I’m sweet like the Jell-o, I get the job done, yes indeed-o. (clap-clap)”

You can’t help but fall in love with sweet Skippito! The best part, I’m just as entertained as my kiddos are. Now, I have a four-year-old, little guy who reminds me soooo much of SkippyJon. One minute he’s a monkey, the next he’s a puppy! We decided, in honor of SkippyJon, we were going to make SkippyJon Jones Churros in a Flashito…

#Skippy JonJones loves Churros and this is such an easy recipe via @PagingSupermom

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Books Alive: Louise The Big Cheese

These #FreePrintable Bookmarks would be fun to make with the kids via @PagingSupermom

Today we are happy to welcome Kim from The Celebration Shoppe. She has an easy kids craft idea and fun book to share.

I don’t know about you, but back to school is on the brain in my house right now. My kiddos are already excited to get the new notebooks, new clothes, new backpack… I’m sure the excitement will wear off!

Louise The Big Cheese Free Printables for #BackToSchool via @PagingSupermom

So for the Books Alive series I thought it most fitting to share a really fun back to school book called Louise The Big Cheese and The Back To School Smarty Pants. It’s all about how Louise wants to get all A’s this year… but she has a tough teacher… or so she thinks. Your kiddos will love it.

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Books Alive: Fox in Socks

Love this Sock Puppet Tutorial and read #FoxInSocks together! via @PagingSupermom

So happy to have Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional visiting today. She brought along a super-darling craft that goes with a book I’m betting you know and love.

If you have kids (or even if not!) you’ve probably read a few Dr. Suess books. Or many of them… we have a whole stack! (I prefer the board books, honestly, they’re shorter haha! I’m not much of an “out loud” reader.) Anyways, the rhyming words of Fox In Socks has always made my girls giggle, so I knew my book for the Books Alive Summer Reading Series had to be this one.

Love this Sock Puppet Tutorial and read #FoxInSocks together! via @PagingSupermom

Also, foxes are so cute! Going along with the socks theme, I decided to make some fox sock puppets. (I felt very clever… heehee)

Love this Sock Puppet Tutorial and read #FoxInSocks together! via @PagingSupermom

Love this Sock Puppet Tutorial and read #FoxInSocks together! via @PagingSupermom

Fox Sock Puppet tutorial on @PagingSupermom

Aren’t they sweet!? And so easy to make.

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