Are you looking to add a dose of literary fun to your life this week? Celebrate one of these upcoming bookish birthdays!
Two wonderful literary Potters, Harry and Beatrix have birthdays coming up. Harry Potter was born on July 31st and Beatrix Potter on July 28th.
Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday:
Attend a Harry Potter Birthday Party
If you or the little ones in your life are Harry Potter fans, check your local library or bookstore to see if they have a birthday celebration planned for Harry that you can attend. This is such a wonderful way to engage with the book and spark excitement for readers of all ages. My local library has a celebration planned for Muggles this Saturday:
Harry Potter Birthday Party at the Chelmsford Public Library, July 28th
The Harry Potter Birthday Party at the Chelmsford Library is an annual event that will have “games, crafts, activities, and of course– cake!”.
Harry Potter Escape Rooms at the Brookline Public Library, July 31st
If you live in the Boston area, The Brookline Public Library also has an exciting day planned. They will be having “Happy Birthday Harry Escape Rooms”. “Witches and wizards of all ages are invited to join us to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday and the 20th Anniversary of his first adventure arriving on our shelves on July 31 from 10 AM to 8 PM. We will host trivia challenges (O.W.L. and N.E.W.T. levels), wizard games, and an escape the room challenge for teams.”
Can’t attend a Harry Potter birthday celebration? Why not throw your own?
If you’re looking to celebrate at home, I love this Sorting Hat Cupcakes recipe from Little Sugar Snaps. When you bite into them, the cupcake reveals which Hogwarts House you would be in!
Gather your friends for some cupcakes and nerdy Harry Potter debate over whether you’re actually a Ravenclaw or Gryffindor. If you have little ones, I also love the idea of eating these cupcakes during a family read aloud of Harry Potter or while you just chat about your favorite characters.
Read One of the 20th Anniversary Editions of Harry Potter
You can celebrate Harry’s birthday by checking out these new editions issued by Scholastic to celebrate the 20th anniversary of publication. (For more on celebrating this milestone check out Harry Potter Twentieth Anniversary Year).
The books feature new cover designs by Brian Selznik with the original interior illustrations of Mary GrandPré.
Enter to Win Tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
I recently learned that there is a weekly lottery for tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway! Check out Today Tix Lottery: “Every Friday, we release 40 tickets for some of the very best seats in the theatre at $40 ($20 per Part) for every performance for the following week. Submit your entry from Friday at 12:01AM ET to Friday at 1:00PM ET.” For more information or to purchase general tickets visit: Harry Potter the Play
Celebrate Beatrix Potter’s Birthday:
Have some bookish fun with younger readers in honor of Beatrix Potter’s birthday on July 28th.
Read Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
I am such a big fan of Peter Rabbit. There is nothing better than snuggling up with my daughter while we read this classic. We’re also automatically in the Beatrix Potter spirit in her room since the nursery has a Peter Rabbit theme! This is a great time to enjoy this book with your children and share the magic of the story.
Watch a Peter Rabbit Read Aloud on Storyline
While the book is the perfect size for tiny hands and one-on-one sharing, I find it doesn’t work as well for reading to a larger group. I actually love this Storyline Online read aloud with Rose Byrne and have shown it to kindergarteners in my school library. Everyone can see the illustrations and Byrne is a wonderful narrator. Storyline also has many other free read aloud videos.
Enjoy Peter Rabbit Coloring Pages
These Peter Rabbit coloring pages are available for free from Educational Coloring Pages. This would be a fun activity to follow your read aloud!