When I was a kid, summertime meant riding my bike and running through the sprinklers. It meant blue popsicles and watermelon-flavored Jolly Ranchers. It meant hiking in the mountains, stargazing on the trampoline, and staying up late to read Ramona Quimby!
I love to read and summer reading is THE BEST! Do you encourage your children to keep reading throughout the summer months? Do you like to read, too? Here's a list of books my children have been reading this past month, as well as a few titles I have enjoyed:
1.) The Day The Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt
Hilarious with a capital, "H!" (A fun, witty, and utterly cheeky one to read aloud to your kiddos.) This little gem is about a boy who reaches for his box of crayons one day and finds that they are missing. Rather, letters occupy the place where his crayon box once was--letters informing the boy that "they quit." Orange and yellow are arguing about who the true color of the sun is. Red is "overworked." And blue is used so frequently he's become a stub! "Color" your personal library with this one, my friends...you won't be sorry!
2.) I'm Bored, by Michael Ian Black
I bought this book on a whim. Lilly brought a book order home from school one day, and I'll be danged if I ever pass up a chance to buy books! This one was on sale, it looked cute, so I got it. AND OH MY GOSH, I'm so glad I did. It's a hoot! It's delightful! It's clever! A little girl laments about being bored until a potato comes along. He wants to play but he finds children extremely uninteresting. In a nutshell (or potato skin, whichever) our heroine embarks on a quest to change that potato's mind! Pick this one up for when you're children start saying, "I'm bored," this summer.
3.) The Toothpaste Millionaire, by Jean Merrill
Another book I picked up on a whim! Found it in a thrift store and had no idea it would prove to be such a diamond in the rough. Best suited for young readers, ages 10 and up. First published over thrity-five years ago, The Toothpaste Millionaire is a story about friendship and ingenuity. Rufus and Kate are good friends who start a business together...all because Rufus wanted to save some money on toothpaste! It's a wonderful story with a number of themes woven through the pages--sexism, racism, age discrimination, entrepreneurship, education, finance, and creativity.
"Maybe anybody can make toothpaste in his own kitchen. But speaking for myself, all I know is one day I'm a mechanic out of work, and the next day I'm a general manager and major stockholder. And that takes genius."
4.) Getting Over Garrett Delaney, by Abby McDonald
Friends! This one (for young adults, ages 17 and up) was delightful and charming, with the laugh-out-loud humor being "the cherry on top!" I loved this book and found it easy to relate to. I'm sure we've all had "Garrett Delaneys" to get over--the hopelessly perfect and ridiculously good-looking boys who are about as obtainable as Pluto. (The planet, not the dog!) Sadie is tragically in love with her best friend, Garrett--the tragedy being he is in love with another. Sadie beings a "Twelve Step program" to get over him...and hilarity ensues.
"This task is way too big for one girl to handle on her own. No matter how humiliating it seems to admit that (a) you're madly in love with a boy who (b) doesn't love you back and (c) has broken your heart so thoroughly that (d) you have to work through a twelve-step program to get over him, be brave. Why suffer alone when you could share the burden? Friends bring comfort, support, and snack foods for every occasion. And heartbreak goes so much better with cookies."
Happy "Take Me To The Library" Tuesday, party people!