Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Book Club: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

This post is part of an ongoing Summer Reading for Kids series. Click HERE to find ideas for reading activities, reading lists, and reading incentives...and keep checking back for more!

My girls did their first summer book club in the summer of 2012. Sophia was still a bit young for such an activity (though she did participate a little), and Bria and Chloe hosted a combined book club with several of their friends.

The book they chose was From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. Bria had read it before and really enjoyed it, and it was a good choice for both age groups.

I recently found Chloe's bookmark from that book club, and realized I had never blogged about it. We held the book club just a week or so after returning from The Epic Vacation, and I've never even finished blogging about that whole trip, though two years later I'm still trying!

So, even though I only have one photo of the actual event, I'm blogging about it now.

The bookmark you see in the above photo was our invitation. We used stamps, ink, and cardstock from my stash to make them, and I love how they turned out! Aside from the book title being so darn long, they were pretty easy to make, and the girls helped me out a lot.

On the back of each bookmark we wrote out the date and time information for the book club. Since this was our first book club ever, we had already passed the date and book by the other parents via email, so the invitation was just a formality—and a good reason to make a cute bookmark!

We planned a fun Jeopardy game for the discussion portion of the book club. We just used a big whiteboard we have to write the categories and dollar amounts, and I had the questions written in my notebook.

I no longer remember the questions, but the categories were:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Claudia and Jamie
The White Angel
Mixed-up Files (Miscellaneous)

After our Jeopardy-style discussion, we started in on our craft. In the book is a statue that the Metropolitan Museum of Art had recently acquired—a white angel. Claudia and Jamie make it their goal to find out the angel's origins. We made it our goal to make our own little white angels out of Sculpey Clay. The girls had tons of fun doing this activity and I loved seeing the creativity that went into each little white angel. (The angels my girls made are somewhere in our Christmas bins, and since I have about 8 of those, I decided it wasn't worth it to dig them out to photograph.)

And that is the only photo I took of the entire activity. I had watercolors out in case anyone wanted to paint their angels, but everyone opted to keep them white like the angel in the book.

While our angels were baking in the oven, we cleaned up the table and ate ice cream sundaes. We had ice cream sundaes because Claudia carefully saved her allowance each week to be able to buy one for herself in the book.

And that was pretty much it! Of course there was much playing and having fun together that had nothing to do with reading, but reading is an awesome excuse to have a party, if you ask me!

We have two book clubs coming up in the next couple weeks—one for Sophia and one for Chloe. This time, I promise to blog about them right away!

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. cariwritesforyouMon Jul 14, 10:29:00 AM

    Great idea to help kids learn to love to read. The bookmark is adorable!

  2. Sounds like a fun time. I loved getting books from the library in the summer and getting lost in them when I was a kid.

  3. Sounds so much fun. I remember loving to spend my summers reading outside or inside.

  4. I still love to spend my summers reading inside and outside and especially at the beach! :)

  5. Library day is the favorite day around here!