Emmy’s Book of the Day ~ It’s Summertime

It’s Summertime!

     

Plum Island ~ Massachusetts

 What Emmy loves about SUMMER…lazy days, flip flops,

chocolate ice cream, juicy watermelon, swimming pools, walks in the woods, bike riding,

the ocean:  the smell of the warm sea breezes, the sound of the crashing waves,

the warm sand between her toes and so much more.  SUMMER!

With more time spent outdoors during the summer, we find ourselves working to create moments in the day for reading and creating indoors (quite different from wintertime when we work on creating moments to be outdoors).

When we first wake up and right before bed seem to be the best times for reading and creating in our household. I recently restocked Emmy’s paint supplies and set up her art table with an “invitation to paint.” When she woke up the next morning and saw her table, she was so surprised and very motivated to get back to painting.

Emmy’s art table and her painting of a sailboat at sunset 

inspired by the view outside of our living room window.  

We’ve also been motivated to keep reading thanks to our local bookstore and library.  Both have fun summer reading programs going on right now.  At The Book Rack, children are given a passport to Find Waldo in Newburyport.  Local businesses have a small cutout of Waldo hidden somewhere in their store and it’s up to the child to find him. Emmy is much better at this seek and find game than I am. She gets so excited when she can ask the shopkeeper to sign her passport.  We have two more Waldos to find and then we can enter our name into the grand prize drawing (a set of Where’s Waldo books).

The library’s Fizz, Boom, Read program has Emmy reading books for prizes like a coupon to her favorite frozen yogurt shop – Orange Leaf, a free book (she choose Gingerbread Friends by one of her favorite authors Jan Brett) and a free Topsfield Fair ticket!  Emmy fractured her wrist six weeks ago so I’ve been helping her to fill in her reading log with the titles of the books.

Here are a few books that we’ve been reading to celebrate the season of SUMMER! (books are listed from a more difficult reading/listening level to an easier one)

Time of Wonder, written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey, won the Caldecott Medal in 1958 for the gorgeous illustrations which depict the Maine landscape in summer.  This is McCloskey’s second Caldecott award the first being for Make Way For Ducklings. Time of Wonder revolves around two sisters who spend the summer with their family at the seashore.

When the Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant illustrations by Steven Gammel  You can just feel the family love as soon as you open this book about distant relatives coming to stay for the summer. Many people will relate to the connection one has with relatives that you only see once or twice a year ~ you make the visit worthwhile filling each other up to last until the next gathering.

Summersaults and A Summer Day by Douglas Florian…the first is a collection of poems that shares the joys of summer and the not so joyful things – annoying flies! The second is the story of a family that leaves the sweltering heat of summer day in the city to spend time exploring in the country.  Emmy and I love it when a book shows a family that lives in an apartment since that is home to us.

Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee  I love the nostalgic feel of this sweet story. Emmy loves that the main character is the same little girl from one of our favorite winter books Tracks in the Snow (check out our post here).  Yee creates a summer day that is full of wonder and magic from sun up to sun down.

I See Summer by Charles Gigna, better known as Father Goose, thrills us with his lyrical rhymes. This book is one of four in a series of books about the seasons. Emmy’s favorite part is when the children are chasing fireflies in the dark. Such fascinating little creatures.

Summer by Gerda Muller – This book is one of four in a series of wordless picture books about the seasons.  We have enjoyed this set of books since Emmy was a baby first talking about what we saw as we slowly turned the pages to telling a different story each time we opened the book using the beautiful detailed pictures.  Now we use the books to inspire creative writing about the seasons.  Here’s an example of a recent poem inspired by the book…

Summer

by Emmy

hot and sweaty, sunny and rainy,

biking and swimming, chilly and juicy

splashing and diving

SUMMER!

We wish everyone a summer full of fun adventures and relaxing days!

Please check out Emmy’s Book of the Day!

Moving to the Weekends

Yes, you read that headline correctly! Effective immediately, I am moving this blog meme to the weekends. That means you can share a favorite #kidlit book blog post every weekend on this Carnival of Children’s Literature group blog AND our Carnival of Children’s Literature group board on Pinterest. An email for each shared group blog post will go out one by one on Saturdays and Sundays. (Click on the “gear” at the top of the blog to open the email sign up form.)

If you are already a member of this blog, you can log in and add your posts right away. (I will add new members on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014.)

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager Site Meter

June 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature

What was your favorite children’s book this month? Select ONE of your June 2014 blog posts about children’s literature and add it to the carnival!

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If this is your first time to add a post to our board, please email me using the contact form on our About page.

  1. If you are already on Pinterest, I will invite you to the board so you can add your own pin.
  2. If you are NOT on Pinterest, I will pin the blog post for you.

Please add your June 2014 pin by the 30th. Thanks!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager Site Meter

May 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature

What was your favorite children’s book this month? Select ONE of your May 2014 blog posts about children’s literature and add it to the carnival!

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If this is your first time to add a post to our board, please email me using the contact form on our About page.

  1. If you are already on Pinterest, I will invite you to the board so you can add your own pin.
  2. If you are NOT on Pinterest, I will pin the blog post for you.

Please add your May 2014 pin by the 31st. Thanks!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager Site Meter

Old Pins, New Pins

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Old Pins

If you have added pins in the past, please follow the new 2014 board so I can follow you back and invite you to pin on this board.

I figured out how to move all of the pins from January, February and March to the new 2014 board but now they all have MY name on them, so the next step is for the original pinner to “re-pin” their contributions. (I will delete my “moving” pin after each re-pin.) I want to give credit where credit is due! Thanks!

New Pins

If this is your first time to add a post to our board, please email me by using the contact form on our About page.

  1. If you are already on Pinterest, I will invite you to the board so you can add your own pin.
  2. If you are NOT on Pinterest, I will pin the blog post for you.

Please add your April pin or send in your April link by the 30th. Thanks!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager

April 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature

What was your favorite children’s book this month? Select ONE of your April 2014 blog posts about children’s literature and add it to the carnival!

So far this year, I’ve been creating a NEW board each month, and that means starting from scratch each time. This month I am taking a new approach – and I have made a new board for the entire year! (The plan is to move all of the older pins to this new board.)

If you have added pins in the past, please follow the new 2014 board so I can follow you back and invite you to pin on this board.

If this is your first time to add a post to our board, please email me by using the contact form on our About page.

  1. If you are already on Pinterest, I will invite you to the board so you can add your own pin.
  2. If you are NOT on Pinterest, I will pin the blog post for you.

Please add your April post by the 30th. Thanks!

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager

March 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature

What was your favorite children’s book this month? Select ONE of your blog posts about children’s literature written during March 2014 and add it to the carnival!

There are 2 ways to add your post to this month’s carnival.

1. Add it yourself on Pinterest.

  • Follow the new March 2014 Carnival of Children’s Literature Group Board, so I can invite you to join it.
  • FYI: The “follow” shows up right away but it takes a few hours before the system will let me invite you.
  • After you join the board for the current month, you have until the end of the month to add your pin.

2. Add your blog post information with a Google Form.

  • If you are NOT on Pinterest yet, you can use the March 2014 Google Form on the carnival blog to share your blog post.
  • A new Google Form will be in each month’s call for posts from the 25th to the end of the month (and then it will be removed).

~ Anastasia Suen, Carnival of Children’s Literature Manager