100+ Crafts Inspired by Children’s Books
These activities combine two of our favorite things: crafts and children’s books. What could be more fun than making your favorite book come to life?
We have so many fun crafts shared here and the number is growing every day. I’m sure that at least one of your little ones favorites is on the list!
Children’s Book Inspired Crafts
Are you looking for crafts based on books? Look no further! We have put together a big list of crafts based on your child’s favorite books. From Dr. Seuss, to Eric Carle, we have all the best and beloved books and crafts.
When you’re a child, reading books and hearing stories come to life in your mind. You can see the pictures on the page (and in your head), but now you can recreate them!
Supplies You May Need To Recreate These Children’s Book Crafts:
So, grab your crafting supplies and favorite books and get started on this creative literary adventure! But what are some of the supplies you will need? It’s really craft dependent, but a lot of these require:
The Big List Of Children’s Book Inspired Crafts
Crafts Inspired By Eric Carle
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo
Make your own tissue paper collage art! Make a hippo using white paper, colorful tissue paper, and glue! This beautiful craft is inspired by 1,2,3 to the Zoo: A Counting Book written by Eric Carle.
This is such a cute craft by Practical Mom. Who would have thought you could paint with potatoes!? Paint flowers and paint germs based on the books: Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and Germs Journey by Thom Rooke.
The Very Lonely Firefly
Hungry Caterpillar Sight Words
Hungry Caterpillar Free Printable
Print out this free printable and create the cutest little keepsake! Your child can make a caterpillar crown and then take a picture and put it in the middle of the printable. Yet another adorable craft based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
The Mixed-Up Chameleon
I love this activity! Use clear (but colorful) page dividers and draw a chameleon on each one. Then cut it out, and hide the around the house. They blend in pretty well making finding them tricky! This fun activity is based on the book The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle.
Hungry Caterpillar Necklace
Use a toilet paper roll to make your own caterpillar necklace, inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Toddler & Preschool Games
Take an empty container and make a caterpillar face over the opening! Gather toy food and blocks and let your little one feed the Very Hungry Caterpillar! This activity is inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace Craft
Grab some noodles, yarn, and construction paper to make this Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace craft. Which of course is based on the beloved children’s story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
The Hungry Caterpillar Life Cycle
To Print Hungry Caterpillars
Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities
The Grouchy Ladybug
How cute is this ladybug craft!? Make plants for the lady bugs to land on using your hand. You can even make the sun and clouds using your fingers and finger paint! This ladybug craft is inspired by The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle.
A Very Busy Spider
Mixed Up Chameleon Craft
This chameleon craft is so cool! Use card stock to make a chameleon and lace it with yarn. Then add tinfoil, and paint for a shiny colorful animal craft. This craft is inspired by The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Snack
Very Hungry Caterpillar Sponge Painting
Use sponges to paint the Very Hungry Caterpillar on a giant paper leaf. This was inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
The Very Hungry Pasta Bead Caterpillar
Crafts Inspired By Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat
On Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Draw out the shape of fish on white paper and cut them out. Then make your own red fish and blue fish. This craft is inspired by the book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.
Wish For A Fish: All About Sea Creatures
Create your the ocean in a jar! It’s so cool. Learn about the sunny zone, twilight zone, dark zone, and the abyss and what animals are on each layer. This science craft is based on the book Wish For A Fish: All About Sea Creatures by Bonnie Worth. (This book is associated with Dr. Seuss.)
The Foot Book
Green Eggs And Ham
Make all the green eggs and ham treats! Green eggs and hams are tasty, but these sweets are great for pickier eaters! These tasty green treats are based on the beloved story Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess.
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
Make drums using canisters or paper bowls and make music using your hand, fingers, and thumbs! This musical activity is based on the book Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins. (This book is associated with Dr. Seuss.)
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Craft
Red, blue, green felt, scissors, and a marker is all you will need for this craft. It would be a fun craft to make while reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.
Do all these fun Wacky Wednesday activities. Can you find the shoe on the wall? Flip over some furniture, make silly drinks. Make a silly scavenger hunt based on the book Wacky Wednesday by Theo LeSieg. (This book is associated with Dr. Seuss.)
The Cat In The Hat Thing 1 Thing 2 Craft
Put Me In The Zoo
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today
Dr. Seuss Felt Board
In A People House
Yertle The Turtle
Crafts Inspired By Oliver Jeffers
How To Catch A Star
Trace your own stars and stick them on glow in the dark stars to create your own shiny stars you can keep forever! This craft teaches your child to always reach for the stars! It is inspired by How To Catch A Star by Oliver Jeffers.
How To Catch A Star Activities
Make the sky using paint and toilet paper tubes and then cut out golden and silver stars! These make super sweet little decorations, or can be played with. This craft is based on the book How To Catch A Star by Oliver Jeffers.
How To Catch A Star Painting
Who doesn’t love painting!? This beautiful water color depicts the night sky! All you need to do when you’re done painting is add some stars! This craft was inspired by How To Catch A Star by Oliver Jeffers.
Lost And Found
How To Catch A Star Water Painting
Crafts Inspired By Mo Willems
Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!
I love this paper plate pigeon craft! The body of the pigeon is made from a paper plate, as is the head. Don’t forget to give him a beak and a big eye like the pigeon in Don’t Let The Pidgeon Drive The Bus by Mo Willems.
Today I Will Fly
Should I Share My Ice Cream?
We Are In A Book
More Elephant and Piggie crafts! Take pictures of your kids, add chat bubbles, laminate them and then let your child write different parts of We Are In A Book by Mo Willems in the chat bubbles. It’s a fun writing book that let’s your kids be part of the story.
Crafts Inspired By Julia Donaldson
What The Ladybird Heard
Your little one will love this small world play. Set up a word using oats, animal and people figurines, fake flowers, blocks and more! This super fun pretend play activity is from the book What The Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson.
Make a delicious berry, rhubarb, and apple crumble with a sugary oat top inspired by the book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.
The Singing Mermaid
Crafts Inspired By Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree Activity
Make a coconut tree with green and wood grain contact paper and grab some magnetic letters. While you read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault have your child add letters to the tree!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sensory Bin
Make a coconut tree out of painted tin cans and paper. Fill a tub full of rice and magnetic letters and explore the letters as you read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Snack
Enjoy Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault and a snack! Make a coconut tree using graham crackers, alphabet cereal, green apples, and cherries! What a delicious and healthy snack.
Crafts Inspired By Pete The Cat
Pete The Cat: And His Four Groovy Buttons
Looking for a fun button sewing craft? Sewing is not only a great life skill, but it’s a great activity to go with Pete The Cat: And This Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean.
Pete The Cat Button Sorting
All you need is buttons! A basket full of colorful buttons, many you can get at the Dollar Tree, is what you need. Kids will sort the buttons by sizes, colors, and type. This activity is inspired by Pete The Cat: And This Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean.
Pete The Cat Game
These free printables are full of colorful cats and are needed to play the C is for Cat game. You’ll have to match the color of the buttons to the color of the cats! This fun cat game is inspired by Pete The Cat: And This Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean.
Pete The Cat I Rocking In My School Shoes
Take a picture of your kids favorite school shoes and frame them on this printable inspired by Pete The Cat I Rocking My School Shoes by James Dean.
Learning Sounds With Pete The Cat
Groovy Cookie Buttons From Pete The Cat
Pete The Cat: And This Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean is what inspired the groovy cookie buttons. These sugar cookies look just like buttons and are blue, green, and red!
Crafts Inspired By Roald Dahl
James And The Giant Peach
I think most of us have at least seen the movie James and The Giant Peach, but this book by Roald Dahl, has inspired a very creative craft. Your child will get to make the peach traveling from Europe to the US.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Crafts Inspired By Giles Andreae
Commotion In The Ocean
Giraffes Can’t Dance
Make a silly giraffe using yarn, paper, googly eyes, and finger paints! This silly giraffe craft is inspired by Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Parker Reese.
Crafts Inspired By David McKee
Elmer The Elephant
Elmer Sponge Painting
Elmer Candle Holder
Elmer The Elephant Painting
Crafts Inspired By Marcus Pfister
How Leo Learned To Be King
Henri, Egg Artiste
Make your own Rainbow Fish in the freezer! Get fish silicone molds and freeze vinegar and food coloring. Then add it to a bowl of baking soda and watch it turn into colorful foam. This science activity is inspired by Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.
Crafts Inspired By Laura Numeroff
If You Give A Moose A Muffin
If You Give A Cat A Cupcake
Crafts Inspired By Holiday Books
The Sweet Smell of Christmas
I think we can all agree Christmas has a wonderful smell. And you can explore the scents of Christmas with this fun sensory activity. This activity is inspired by The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry.
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree
Make the characters from Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree book by Robery Barry as well as your very own Christmas tree.
The Great Race: Story Of The Chinese Zodiac
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this fun sensory bin. Learn numbers about the Chinese Zodiac, it is so much fun. Thus fun holiday activity is based on The Great Race: Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Ling Lee and Eric Lee.
Click, Clack, Boo
Make the spookiest, and cutest, shadow garland this Halloween! Grab some black yarn, black tissue paper, and googly eyes to make this super cute décor. This Halloween decoration was inspired by Click, Clack, Boo by Doreen Cronin.
Snowmen At Night
Old Bear and His Cub
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
One Feast For Mouse
The Christmas Story
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything
Grab this printable and add popsicle sticks to each picture to guess what comes next in the story The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything by Linda
Crafts Inspired By The Bible
The Parable of the Sower
Crafts Inspired By Books About Cars
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Grab a bin and fill it with trucks that you’d see in the book along with small stuffed animals, fabric and pom poms and match the items to the story ass you read Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sheri Dusker Rinker.
Little Blue Truck
Crafts Inspired By The Kissing Hand
The Kissing Hand Pop Up Card
The Kissing Hand
More puppets! Make the sweetest little racoon puppets using brown paper bags, paint, scissors, googly eyes, construction paper, glue, and a black marker. These racoon puppets are based on The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.
The Kissing Hand Suncatcher
Crafts Inspired By Books About Animals
Play With Me
I Love Bugs
At The End of The Rainbow
Make a rainbow with fluffy clouds that Badger and Fox can dance under! Don’t forget to add Squirrel’s treasure! This craft is based on At The End Of The Rainbow by A.H. Benjamin and John Bendall-Brunello.
A Bear Called Paddington
These activities are a great way to not only teach about squirrels, but get outside! Make nests using leaves like squirrels would, and then bury acorns! Can you remember where you buried it? These outside activities are based on the story Hello, Squirrels by Linda Glaser.
Don’t Turn The Page
Make your own stuffed animals to snuggle with using fuzzy socks, felt, and stuffing! You can even add lavender oil to help calm your child. This calming craft is inspired by Don’t Turn The Page by Rachelle Burk.
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, And The Big Hungry Bear
Strawberry activities! Cut out a strawberry and finger paint the seeds, or add buttons to the strawberries! These are fun learning activities based on The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Woods.
The Mouse And The Motorcycle
Charlie The Cavalier
Curious George Goes Camping
This is a delicious snack and craft! Make yogurt bark by freezing a think sheet of yogurt. Using a food brush and chocolate sauce paint a portait of Gaston from Gaston (Gaston and Friends) by Kelly DiPucchio.
Those Darn Squirrels
Such a cute zoo themed activity. All you need is some black construction paper and some paper eyes you make with white paper and the marker. Each page you turn in the book and see eyes, match the eyes from the book to the paper! This is inspired by Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathman.
The Problem With Chickens
Make all the animals like frogs, turtles, polar bears, dogs, and fish as they go Splash! This animal craft is inspired by Splash! Written by Ann Jonas.
Bear Wants More
Bats At The Beach
A Giraffe And A Half
Make a lizard with this free printable and then color him in your favorite colors. Then you can stick pipe cleaners on him to make him extra special. This craft was inspired by Lizard’s Home by George Shannon.
Lola Goes To School
Lulu The Big Little Chick
Penguin and Pinecone
Books That Inspire Alphabet Crafts
Berenstains’ B Book
Learn the letter B with Berenstain Bears! What letters start with B? Write them out! Then make the letter B with sparkly pom poms! These B activities are inspired by the Berenstain’s B Book by Stan Berenstain.
Books That Inspire Colorful Crafts
Mix It Up
Setting The Turkeys Free
This is a great craft for the fall, right around Thanksgiving! Make turkeys with your hands! Make a yellow one, blue one, green one, even brown! Don’t forget the feathers! This colorful craft is inspired by Setting The Turkeys Free by W. Nikola-Lisa and Ken Wilson-Max.
Little Blue and Little Yellow
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
Lear about the color brown with brown bear! After reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr, look for all the brown things in your house. Teddy bears are brown and so it chocolate!
Books That Inspire Counting Crafts
Ten Little Ladybugs
Goo and Spot Under The Orange Tree
Cut out oranges using paper and fractions of a circle. While you read Goo and Spot Under The Orange Tree by Elsa Takaoka you can recreate the fractions from the book.
Crafts Inspired By Traditional Stories
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt retold by Michael Rosen not only inspires you to chant, sing, and really get into this adventurous story, but inspired this delicious Cherry-Almond butter to fuel the adventurous spirit.
The Legend of The Poinsettia
Warnayarra The Rainbow Snake
The story Warnayarra The Rainbow Snake told by Senior Boys Class, Lajamanu School, inspired these beautiful fuzzy rainbow snake crafts! You can even make your own rainbow snake with clay as well.
In A Village By The Sea
The Lion & The Mouse
Crafts Inspired By Classic Stories
The Gingerbread Man
The Bremen Town Musicians
This story is a little rougher for children, it is a Grimm’s Fairytale after all and it teaches us not everyone is nice. But these “Animals In The Night Forest” craft is a light craft to go with the heavy story, The Bremen Town Musicians by Eric Blair.
The Three Little Pigs
Remember the story of the Three Little Pigs by Mei Matsuoka and Parragon Books? It’s one of the fairytales we first learn, and now you can recreate it with this craft. Make the little pigs, big bag wolf and the different houses!
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Take a picture of your child against a wall and print off a couple pages. Then give them a purple crayon and let them draw the world just like Harold from Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Kofi and His Magic
Kofi and His Magic by Maya Angelou is a beloved story about Kofi learning to weave at a young age and he can make anything he wants come true by imagining it. A sweet story which is what this paper weaving craft is based on!
The Little Engine That Could
The House In The Night
The Berenstain Bears’ Almanac
Blueberries For Sal
This is a sticky craft, but this blueberry pie craft is sweet and adorable! Cut out some strips of white paper, paint (and taste) the brown paper (crust) with blueberry preserves and create a lattice crust. This craft is inspired by Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey.
Make your own puppet using dowels, string, paint, and egg cartons! You can have a puppet just like the puppet in Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.
Crafts From Feel Good Story Books
Learn about taking care of the world, recycling, and going green with this activity. Take a bin of “trash” from around the house, like spoons, cardboard, broken toys, lids to create a monster who will munch trash! This activity is based on the book Junk Yard by Mike Austin.
The Carrot Seed
The Most Magnificent Thing
Today we’re gonna play with our food! Build the most magnificent thing with your food using blocks of cheese, pretzels, marshmallows, fruits, and vegetables. This food craft is inspired by The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires.
Today I Feel Silly: and Other Moods That Make My Day
Learn about emotions with these popsicle stick puppets inspired by the book Today I Feel Silly: and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis.
The Quiltmakers Gift
I Wish You More
Make a beautiful silhouette piece of art using paint. Cut out a black silhouette and finger paint a blowing dandelion. This beautiful craft is inspired by I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld.
At The Same Moment Around The World
Learn about telling time and different time zones by checking out a world clock and by making a sun dial and a water clock! This lesson was inspired by At The Same Moment Around The World by Clotilde Perrin.
Not A Box
Remember when our parents said kids would rather play with the box than toy? Well this activity is using your imagination and playing with boxes! This activity is inspired by Not A Box by Antoinette Portis.
A Bad Case of Stripes
The Day The Crayons Quit
Crafts Inspired By Pirate Stories
The Pirate Girl’s Treasure
Maisy’s Pirate Treasure Hunt
Remember Maisy the mouse? Go on a treasure hunt with her and her friends. Use paper, sand, and toys, to create your own pirate adventure! This activity promotes pretend play and is based on Maisy’s Pirate Treasure Hunt by Lucy Cousins.
Shiver Me Letters
Crafts Based On Books About Space
Jake In Space: Moon Attack
Learn about space with this delicious sugar cookie solar system inspired by the book Jake In Space: Moon Attack by Candice Lemon-Scott.
Mother, What Is The Moon?
Make a moon mobile! It’s so cool because the moon looks so realistic as you paint it with a flour mixture to make it rocky! This fun moon craft is based on the book Mother, What Is The Moon? by David Griswold.
Other Crafts Based On Beloved Books
Splat And The Cool School Trip
King Jack And The Dragon
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves
Grab this free printable and try to guess what will be swallowed next! Will it be a pumpkin? A shirt? A scarecrow? This cute activity is based on the story, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro.
The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Make your own puff paint using flower, salt, water, and food color. Once you have the puffy paint, paint a portrait of Beekle! This fun painting activity is based on the book The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat.
The Lighthouse Keeper
And The Rain Came Down
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