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Fantastic Forts!

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Finding a place you love to read can, and undoubtedly will, change many times from childhood to adulthood. So why not make some memories reading in one of the most magical, most beloved, and most short-lived structures there can be: a fort! Slightly more sophisticated than reading under the covers, your new temporary reading spot will be a BIG hit! I promise! You can trust me, I’m a librarian.

While I am totally going to leave the design aspects of your fort up to you, the following information details the basic supplies and reading suggestions to make your fort as hip as possible.

So go, scout out a good base, gather your supplies, and go forth and fort!

 

 

A Fort fit for Indoors:

This type of fort is well known. It can be easily accomplished by pushing two couch sections together, cushions facing inwards, and stretching a king sized fitted sheet over the top. Viola! But i you’re looking for the real fort building experience read on.

Books:

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett

What Animals Really Like by Fiona Robinson

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

You are (Not) Small by Anna Kang

 

Supplies:

  • Flashlight
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • String, plastic clips, or tape (do not use heavy objects to hold things in place!)
  • More blankets and pillows
  • Snacks

 

A fort fit for the forest:

If you grew up in the kind of family I did, this is where you will want to break out the rope and twine to work on your fort thatching skills. By all means please internet search how to do this but know that it’s not where I am going in this blog. Let’s not over think it.

Books:

Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd

By the Light of the Harvest Moon by Harriet Ziefert

 Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi

Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

Supplies:

  • Two (or more) trees close together
  • A sheet
  • Rope or twine
  • Snacks, of course

 

Aren’t boxes the best?

The Box Fort:

If you haven’t recently purchased a fridge, you may not have a box large enough for this fort, but that’s ok! Ask at your local library, grocery store, or neighbors as they may have boxes lying around they’re ecstatic to gift you. Construct them together with tape to make more of a fort castle.

 

Books:

Not a Box book by Portis, Antoinette.

Don’t Play With your Food by Bob Shea

Beekle by Dan Santat

Shh! We have a Plan! By Chris Haughton

Night Animals by Gianna Marino

 

Supplies:

  • Box(es)
  • String lights
  • Cozy items. This is not the time to be stingy, you’re about to lay in a box on the ground, so gather those blankets and pillows!
  • Snacks, of course!

 

Is she already talking about snow? Why yes, I am!

The Oh Snow She Didn’t Fort:

Just as you would with a snowman, you can pack the snow to make blocks and walls. Adding a little colored water makes your snow fort both beautiful and more structurally sound. However, be cautious as the ice that the water will produce will be heavy, if used on a ceiling this could cause it to collapse. Even more fun is leaving the top off and being able to gaze at the stars or have a bonfire in the middle.

Books:

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Secrets of Winter by Carron Brown

 Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman

Cold Snap by Eileen Spinelli

 

Supplies:

  • Snow
  • Buckets
  • Food coloring diluted with water and poured into spray bottles
  • Have I mentioned snacks?

 

If you find yourself still lacking the creative wiles to craft a fort, consult a child. They’re full of fantastically creative, bordering ingenious, yet totally improbable structural ideas that you can improve upon with your adult smarts and real world knowledge!

 

Happy forting!