These fun projects were inspired by children's books "The Mitten," "The Jones Family Express," and "Stone Soup."
Bring a book to life by basing a craft on the story. Here, we've created a pattern for a train photo runner reminiscent of the story The Jones Family Express by Javaka Steptoe. Send it chugging along the center of a table as a runner -- or fasten it to the wall at chair-rail height, adding cars as your family grows.
We've also created a pattern for a mitten reading pillow from the story The Mitten by Jan Brett. A secret treasure can be tucked inside the downy-soft pocket at the cuff of this huge mitten that doubles as a petite pillow.
The table cover doesn't need a pattern, but we tell you how to make it as a coloring cloth where children can depict scenes from a favorite book.