Children's Book Week Party

Host a Children's Book Week Party in your classroom, library, bookstore or home. Here are just a few ideas to get you started!

Preparation
Serve refreshments featured in favorite books.
Dress as favorite book characters.
Display favorite books around the room.
Decorate room with posters and displays featuring favorite books.
Decorate room to look like a place in a favorite book.

Activities
Present awards for Poster Contest.
Discuss finalists in the Children's Choice Book Awards.
Then help your students vote for the CCBAs!
Discuss what might happen next in the book currently being read aloud in class.
Using a Story Starter, have students create a chain story during the party. Go around the room with each student adding a sentence or two to the story. (This is fun to do aloud.)

Refreshments
Below are some ideas for some party refreshments from favorite books. You can also take suggestions from your students, and find ideas from your own favorite children's books!
Each student should provide one item. Remember to assign some students to bring the paper goods -- plates, cups, forks, etc. Also be sure there will be enough food and drink items to satisfy everyone. Not everyone likes green eggs & ham, you know!

Food and drink items directly from books:
Green Eggs & Ham (Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss)
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Hot Chocolate & Nougats (The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg)
Jarred Peaches (Holes by Louis Sachar)
Everlasting Gobstopper (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl)
Cookies (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff)
Stone Soup (Stone Soup by Jon J Muth)

Food and drink items based on book titles:
The Princess and the Peas & Carrots
Peter Pancakes
Freckle Juice
Swiss Cheese Family Robinson
I Am the Cheese Blintzes
Applecrispin: The Cross of Lead

You can use any recipe for the above items. Just use little signs to label each dish for the party. Try to think of some of your own. It's fine (and fun) to be a little silly...