Pan Macmillan publishers are coordinating a Picture Book Party 2016, and the best way to describe it is like a book club for kids where you get to do fun stuff, at home.
Each month, participants get sent the publisher's picture book of the month, along with activity sheets and some tools like paint. We get to read the book, and choose an activity, either from one provided, or something online.
I might love books, but I'm not a fan of crafts, yet my son was super excited to paint, and I was thrilled too to be doing something new with him that revolved around reading. This month's book, I am Henry Finch by Alexis Beacon, is about a little bird who tries to do something different and great, but makes a mistake, before saving himself and inspiring the other birds to think for themselves and do great things too.
My son and I started by makng fingerprint birds on an activity sheet i found online, and after speaking a bit about the importance of thought and being able to think freely (one of the themes of the book), I asked Max what he was thinking at that moment, and I wrote them down.
And, while the paints were out and the creativity high, my son painted me a picture. Unrelated to the book, but beautiful and much appreciated.