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I live in the North- about 3,000 miles from my family. We don’t get to visit very often, and same goes for them- they don’t get up here as often as they’d like. But when they are here they make the most of their time with us.
I remember when my sister came in 2012 my son was just 18 months old. She read to him at least twice a day. She wanted to be the one to put him to bed and when she did she was always in there for at least a half hour reading to him. When she left at the end of that visit she told me I better keep reading to him! And that has always stuck with me.
I try to read to my kids as often as I can. This doesn’t happen every day like I should but most days we end up at one point circled around a good book. The kids love this time.
Summertime may be a break from schoolwork but it is not a break from reading in our house! Here is a short list of books great for summertime!
Who tells the tales of summertime better than A.A. Milne? While this book does have stories from all seasons, the summertime ones are my favourite. Creeks, forts, hikes, thunderstorms, etc. This book brings out the kid in me and I know I enjoy it more than my kids do. Most of my favourite quotes come from this book. My first grader can read most of this book on his own but it’s one we like to read out loud together, too.
“The early summer days on a farm are the happiest and fairest days of the year. Lilacs bloom and make the air sweet, and then fade. Apple blossoms come with lilacs, and the bees visit around among the apple trees. The days grow warm and soft. “
Charlotte’s Web builds a different beautiful picture of summertime with each new chapter. I read this out loud to the kids and even the 2 year old sits and listens to each word. This is a must read if you like to read out loud to your kids.
This is a short board book that always makes me think of summertime. Getting dressed, breakfast, and straight outside to play! As a kid summer always meant playing outside all day long and this book reminds me of that. This book has been one of my kids’ favourites for as long as I can remember.
This is not one I have started reading with my kids yet (my oldest is 6) but I remember reading it as a kid and loving it. Because it has been so long since I read it I can’t give too much of a description. But I think most of us are familiar with Tom and his ongoing attempts to get out of work and escape responsibility. This is a great one to read out loud with the kids. I suggested the abridged edition here because that’s what I read as a kid and I think if you’re reading to kids it would be a good edition of this book to read.
While this book doesn’t necessarily highlight summertime life I think it would still be a great summertime read. I think this would be great for summertime because it has so many books in the series. You could dedicate one summer to this whole series. You could even take some things from the books to do with the kids- like games and recipes. Then at the end of the summer, when leaves begin to fall and it’s cold outside get the TV series and enjoy that with the kids!
What are some of your favourite summertime books? Whether they are books you read alone or like to read with the kids, share with us!
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