Best Kids Parties: Books & Reading

My Party: Bella (Charlotte, NC)

As a lapsed librarian myself, I'm in love with Jessie's terrific party. She shares: This party was so fun to put together for my daughter Bella because it is something we are all passionate about: books and reading!

Bella's reading has really exploded this year in Kindergarten and I am so glad she shares our love for reading. It was also a very inexpensive party, using books on hand for most of the decorations, as well as a few children's books from Goodwill that I used for pennant banners and the invitations.

I printed some Kindergarten-level word searches and some Dr. Seuss coloring pages to keep the kids busy while we waited for all of the guests to arrive. I also put out some scrabble tiles and they had fun spelling words while they waited. For games we played a 'Book Treasure Hunt' with clues leading from story to story, made bookmarks, and played a book version of a cakewalk.

In lieu of a gift, I asked the parents to bring a wrapped book for a book exchange. When the kid's book was called in the cake walk, they each got to select a book! Their favors included bookplates (downloaded here), 'book worms' and Dr. Seuss pencils, along with the book they chose. The pencils were from Amazon, and everything else was books!

Thanks Jessie! Readers, this is just a small taste of this creative party. Get more ideas for your own book birthday party on Jessie's blog Call Me Badger.

(Images: Jessie T./Call Me Badger)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.