Summertime Reading

Well my friends, summertime has been upon us for about a month now.  I hope you’ve been spending quality time with books!  Summertime provides a great opportunity to get caught up on some of that reading you’ve been meaning to do.

When I think of summer, I think of the beach, a lounge chair, some ice tea, and my favorite book.  No better way to relax and enjoy a peaceful day at the beach or even in your own backyard.  This is also the time when children need to keep up their reading skills.  Frequent visits to the library or your favorite bookstore can provide youngsters with numerous books for their enjoyment.

If you have a child that likes non-fiction reading, there are plenty of fabulous books for them to explore over the summer.  One example is A Butterfly is Patient by Diana Hutts Ashton and illustrated by Sylvia Long.   If you have a child who loves to learn about nature, this might be the book for them.  Another great place to learn and experience butterflies is in Deerfield, MA called Magic Wings.  It is a natural setting where butterflies roam free and you can walk through and enjoy countless species.  A great adventure for all ages.

Other summer activities include museums.  One of my favorites is the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.  Being a lover of history, this museum offers a glimpse into New York’s past with permanent and changing exhibits.  Always a fascinating visit.  Look up history and art museums near you.  It’s a great way to spend a day with your kids.

Back to reading.  Elementary school-aged children love Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish.  Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping is a fun title for summer.  She certainly lends a whole new meaning to camping!   A science fiction novel for young adults is Interstellar Pig by William Sleator.  It will keep any young reader on the edge of their seat!  It is one of my favorites.

Whatever you do this summer, remember to read, read, and read some more.  Parents encourage your kids to be readers.  It is a necessary live-long skill that provides information, pleasure and relaxation.  They will be glad you took an interest.  Set an example.

Last, but not least, I want everyone to enjoy their summer.  Be safe and well-read.