Why we love to go 'beyond the book'

Zara Merali | Published: 5th July 2021

How often do we ‘speed read’ a book to our children and then move on to the next one? In my home, often the emphasis appears to be on quantity rather than quality!

Open book with adventures coming out

Perhaps we are doing the book, the author and most importantly our children a huge disservice, as children’s books are interwoven with countless layers of creative potential.  

Book Adventurers are on a mission to make books an exciting stimulus for a wealth of learning opportunities. Early years specialists have chosen each book to provide the perfect catalyst for a wide range of educational activities.  

This innovative concept-based learning approach seeks to create a wonderful web of multiple, meaningful connections. The aim is to magically bring the book to life and to extend a child’s learning beyond a rather two dimensional, passive experience. A child will fall even more in love with the book when it inspires such fun, creative ideas.   

The activities inspired by the books are securely rooted in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. We have linked all the activities to the 7 Areas of Learning and Development, i.e. the 3 Prime Areas and the 4 Specific Areas. The Prime Areas are Communication and Language, Physical Development, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

 

A child will fall even more in love with the book when it inspires fun, creative ideas.

 

The engaging activities which stem from the books are designed to develop a range of skills, e.g. critical thinking, problem solving, hypothesizing, analyzing and interpreting.  

The EYFS framework emphasizes the need for a combination of adult-led and child-initiated activities. By making the book the creative catalyst, the experience becomes more organic and authentic.  

The Book Adventurers have chosen award winning, beautifully crafted books which explore a range of complex themes and emotions. The ‘anchor book’ is the inspiration for a treasure chest of communication and language activities, e.g. role plays, reinforcement of rich, new vocabulary, book making, letter writing and imaginative drama workshops.     

Children learn in very different ways. Not every child can appreciate and respond to a book when it is passively read to them.

Many children are kinesthetic learners and need to do a more physically engaging activity to make the experience more significant. Outdoor physical activities inspired by the book can make the experience more meaningful and have a far greater impact. For example, a nature walk investigating the plastic pollution in our local area makes the central theme of The Blue Giant more concrete and far more relevant. Creating a photo album of a beach trip or creating an underwater sea collage takes the learning to a more sophisticated level.  

I like to ask my five year old if she can think of any activities that we can do, which are linked to the book that we are reading. Some of her ideas are rather unrealistic, e.g. going to the moon to collect rocks, but I am always so amazed by the wonders of a child’s imagination.

The young learner is given the autonomy to share their own thought processes and experiences, and their relationship with the book then becomes very unique to them.  

Book Adventurers seek to breathe life into beautiful books. Making the book the creative catalyst empowers a child to make meaningful connections, whilst trying to make sense of the complex world around them.  

Let’s go ‘beyond the book’ and see where our imaginations can take us!