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I Just Planned Your Whole VERY LAST CASTLE Story Time

Mark Pett and I made a picture book that comes out on Oct. 9th. It’s called The Very Last Castle and it’s about bravery. Nice things have been said about it.

If you’d like to use it during story time, just follow my patented (pending) five step plan . . .

STEP #1: GRAB THE VERY LAST CASTLE

The Very Last Castle by Travis Jonker and Mark Pett

Find it where books are sold. If you want to order from indie bookseller McLean & Eakin, you’ll get a free mini comic about the story.

STEP #2: START READING

Read The Very Last Castle. Have kids make the sounds from the book with you. Stop right when Ibb is about to find out what’s inside the castle. Have them make a prediction.

STEP #3: PICK A CRAFT

Youngsters (0-6 years old) can make a castle on a stick and draw what they think is inside:

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Castle Craft

Older kids can make a mini book and illustrate and finish the story themselves:

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Book Craft

STEP #4: FINISH READING THE STORY

STEP #5: KEEP THE GOOD TIMES ROLLING! PICK A BOOK (OR BOOKS) TO PAIR WITH IT

Here are some appropriate pairing options for The Very Last Castle (but there are many more that will work nicely):

 

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

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