Add another dimension to their favorite books by pairing them with a story-inspired adventure. You can turn almost any kids book into a how-to with a little imagination, but here are three perfect book/activity pairings to get you started.

market stPhoto: David Lytle via Flickr

Read: Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson

Then Do: Hop on the city bus and see what you see! Take a ride through an unfamiliar part of town and, better yet, make your last stop somewhere that you can volunteer to help the less fortunate.

DirtPhoto: OakleyOriginals via Flickr

Read: Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirtby Katie Messner and Christopher Silas Neal

Then Do: Get you hands dirty either by working in (or sowing) your own backyard garden, or spending an afternoon at your local community garden.

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Read: Please, Mr. Pandaby Steve Antony

Then Do: Head to your local doughnut shop and practice your manners. Once they’ve perfected their pleases and thank yous, everyone gets a sweet treat!

What are your kids’ favorite books and how could you make them come to life? Let us know in the comments below. 

—Erin Feher

featured image: Amanda Tipton via flickr