Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Summer Reading For Girls: Oceans

Library learning over the summer is as sweet as lemonade and wet Rocket running through the house wearing John-John's goggles (don't ask) blinding him so he's knocked over chairs and me and is now drying himself in the pile of laundry that I'll have to re-wash. Sweet library, the things you don't see because I only show you sweet photos.

I'm a fan of sharing all the borrowed beauty the library offers ~ and they are so much more than books. The library welcomes us to engage all five of our senses: I live for putting together themed collections for my children and all the children I pretend are mine (which is now in the hundreds). 

Start with a craft or drawing book, like Ralph Masiello's Ocean Drawing Book.

I need some music. And all this ocean art has us curious about sea creatures. I feel some poetry coming on. Did I mention I'm getting hungry for some new summer recipes? 

Chapter books. My darling daughter is now asking for chapter books (for those of you that follow my saga, darling daughter has rejected chapter books until discovering these beauties).

These are a few of the chapter books on our summer reading list. We just started reading The Callahan Cousins aloud last week:

So far we're loving it. Especially since it's a series. And the author's website is terrific, with detailed info on the cousins. Oh, and it has maps. I'm absolutely nutty for maps. Maps and summer and lemonade and air conditioning. And lots of sangria. I'm all set. 

Library living is meaningful, memorable and magical for families. 

I hope you'll visit your library today, put a collection together with your children and leave a comment on your borrowed beauty. I have a boy's collection coming up after Memorial Day Weekend. 

Live. Learn. Library.

xoxo Michele