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Summer Virtual Book Club for Kids: Kevin Henkes Blog Hop

We've enjoyed being a part of the Summer Virtual Book Club these last few months, starting with  Mo Willems in June and then Audrey Wood in July. It has helped us explore new authors as part of our #SummerReading.

This month's author is Kevin Henkes, and we read the book Little White Rabbit.

When possible, I like to try and Eat, Draw, Learn! with books, like we did with My Abuelita for Cinco De Mayo. This format worked again with this great book - perfect for my toddler. This book would be great for Easter too!

1. Eat - Often when it comes to the eat portion, we would do a cooking activity, but this time we kept it simple: bunny animal crackers and then trying out different vegetables that rabbits like to eat, such as carrots, radishes and lettuce. (Wild Thing really only went for the carrots!)

2. Draw - Art Activity - When I read this book, the possibilities for an art activity really excited me. The little white rabbit explores his world and wants to experience what he sees. First, he thinks of what it would be like to be green, like the other animals in the grassland. Next, he wants to be tall like a fir tree, and then completely still like a rock. He also pretends he can fly like the butterflies. Finally, he hops home and kisses his mother! 

We made our Little White Rabbit with cotton balls.
Then we turned him green with food coloring...
...and paint.
Next, we put the rabbit tall in a fir tree using a branch.
Wild Thing loved examining rocks to make our stone rabbit.

A bonus aspect to this book for Wild Thing was that it allowed us to incorporate outdoor elements into our art - taking art outside keeps my toddler way more engaged then sitting at a table indoors. We love art that we can do outside

3. Learn -We did a lot of counting as we read the book: counting the green things on the green page, counting the butterflies as the rabbit pretends to fly with the butterflies and counting the other rabbits in the book.

Finally, we loved pretending to be the rabbit. First, we hopped and hopped like a rabbit and then hopped and hopped like a frog when we pretended to be green. Next, we stretched tall like a fir tree, curled up and got really still like a rock and then flapped our arms and flew around like a butterfly. Finally, Wild Thing kissed me just like the rabbit in the book -- how perfect! This pretend play allowed us to retell the story - great for Early Literacy.

We've decided to keep the Book Club for Kids going throughout the school year. September's author: Lois Ehlert, which really excites me as we love Eating the Alphabet from A-Z! We've already done a great P is for Peas activity and can't wait to read another of her books too! 
Enjoy our blog hop - some participant have Kevin Henkes book giveaways!


  1. What a great art project! This book is so much fun! We love Quiet Bunny's Many Colors by Lisa McCue too. It reminded us a lot of Little White Rabbit!

  2. What fun! Especially love the cotton balls and food coloring!

  3. You had several creative projects and activities to accompany your story! Kevin Henkes is a fun author to explore; and, you have come up with so many ways to make this a story for children to enjoy and remember. ~heather

  4. Looks like lots of fun! We are going to have to try and find the book. I love how they acted out the story--the pic of stretching like a fir tree is adorable!

  5. I love how you incorperated the book outdoors. I can imagine a few little white bunnies around the yard as a searching game too. Thanks for joining the Kevin Henkes Virtual Book Club!

  6. Turning the bunny green with food coloring was such a fun way to extend the book.

  7. What a cute book! I love how you got active and did the different movements the bunny made. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

  8. Oh, I love what you did with this book! This is one Henkes book we haven't read yet. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase. :)

  9. What adorable activities to go with the book. I especially love the stone rabbit! Thank you for linking up to the Outdoor Play Party!


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