Our Family Dinner Book Club selection for the month of October is Bookmarks Are People Too! by Henry Winkler. Here you’ll find a menu that can be prepared with the help of your children, and will hopefully be a fun and interactive activity for the whole family. Head over to Growing Book by Book for some talking points to get the conversation started. We invite you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page. October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, so we actually have two books about dyslexic kids for Family Dinner Book Club. See the dinner menu and crafts for Thank You, Mr. Falker.
Bookmarks Are People Too! is our second book for Family Dinner Book Club this month to support Dyslexia Awareness. Hank Zipzer is in second grade and has trouble with reading and writing. His teacher writes a play for the classroom to perform, and when Hank freezes during rehearsal, she writes in a special part just for him.
The whole classroom is excited about the play and all the parents come to watch and bring food for a potluck. I thought it would be fun to have a potluck style dinner to accompany this book. Everyone in the family got to bring their favorite dish. Katie brought Mac and Cheese, Abby brought Garlic Bread, I brought the Roasted Brussels Sprouts and David brought the Balsamic Braised Beef.
Ask everyone in your family what they want to bring to the potluck, and then get them in the kitchen cooking with you! Katie loved helping add the cheese to the pot and stirring the mac and cheese to get it all melted and scrumptious. I made garlic bread to accompany dinner one night and Abby went crazy for it! I thought the garlic might be too “spicy” for the kids, but Abby ate three servings and has requested it several times since. She even knows what it smells like while it is cooking now and gets super excited when she knows it is on the menu. Abby is six and was easily able to mix together the butter, garlic, and cheese as well as spread it onto the bread.
Bookmarks Are People Too! Dinner Menu
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Balsamic Braised Shredded Beef
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Dill Pickles (because Hank loves eating them after school at his mom’s deli)
Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies
Warm Double Chocolate Brownies
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
For the craft to go along with our book, we made lots of bookmarks and played with yarn. Take wooden craft or popsicle sticks and decorate them to make bookmarks. Wrap them in yarn, paint them, or use markers to decorate. Braid different colors or yarn together or finger knit to make long strands to use as bookmarks. Hank brings his bookmark character to life by slithering across the stage like a snake so we cut out a few snake shapes for our bookmarks.
Cut out different letters, numbers or shapes out of cardboard and wrap some yarn around them to make place settings or centerpieces for your dinner table. This is a great activity for little hands, especially if you make the cardboard letters larger so that they can easily handle the pieces.
At dinner, we played with our leftover yarn to see what letters and shapes we could see. Everyone had a strand of yarn, about 12 inches long, we held it up as high as we could, then let it drop onto the table. Then we all looked at the pieces to see if we could see letters, numbers, animals, or other shapes the yarn had made. There were no wrong answers.
While searching online for creative yarn crafts, I came across this yarn octopus several times so I just had to make my own! Isn’t she the cutest? Now slither on over to Growing Book By Book for talking points to help you discuss this book with your children.