There are so many amazing books for kids that we love to read over and over again with students. From classics such as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to newer finds like Love, Z we want to bring these books to life through book activities that build literacy skills. It’s all about the joy of reading and playing with books to build early literacy skills.
This is a page you will want to pin (PIN HERE) so that you can reference back to it over and over. It’s filled with lots of book activity goodies.
Activities Based on Children’s Books
All of the book activities shared on Growing Book by Book are hands-on AND build literacy skills from alphabet recognition to phonological awareness to retelling stories. Everything is literacy-rich!
Eric Carle Book Activities
From The Very Hungry Caterpillar to A House for Hermit Crab, we have lots of literacy activities to compliment Eric Carle’s amazing work.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities
The Very Busy Spider Activities
A House for Hermit Crab Activities
The Grouchy Ladybug Activities
The Mixed-Up Chameleon Activities
For more preschool book activities, see our list here.—>Preschool Book Activities
Pete the Cat Book Activities
Dive into the first four original Pete the Cat books with these literacy activities.
Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party
Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes
Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes
Pete the Cat and the Four Groovy Buttons
Fairy Tales/Fable and Rhymes Activities
You can build whole units off different fairy tales and fables. In fact, I highly encourage you to do so!
Jack and the Beanstalk– includes printable activity
Little Red Riding Hood– includes printable activities
Goldilocks and the Three Bears– includes printable activities
The Little Red Hen– includes printable activities
The Three Little Pigs-includes printable activities
The Three Billy Goats Gruff-includes printable activities
Speaking of units, we have ready to go book-based literacy unit available to you. See all nine units.—>Preschool Literacy Units
Read for the Record Day Activities
Each October, Jump Start for Reading sponsors Read for the Record Day. This is a day to see how many people can read the same book on the same day. It’s always great fun to see which book will be chosen and plan a whole day of book activities around the selected title.
Each year, I provide activities to go along with the selected book. Check out these past features.
Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon
Not Norman: A Goldfish Story
Our Book Dives go deep inside a book with early literacy activities including resources and printables. See all of my Book Dives HERE.
- Three Little Kittens
- Little Red Fort
- The King of Kindergarten
- Baby Goes to Market
- The Table Grandad Build
- Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao
- One Snowy Morning
- Hey, Water
- Green Pants
- Rainbow Stew
- Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away
- Everybody in the Red Brick Building
Individual Book Activities
Below you will find other book-related activities from old favorites to new finds. Activities range in age from toddlers to beginning readers.
Who Took the Cookies From the Cookie Jar?
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Holiday Books and Activities
Celebrate a holiday with books and activities. We have lots to choose from.
So many books. So many book activities. Wish there was another book on the list? Let me know below.
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