By SUSANNE MARIE POULETTE
Here at the Writers’ Loop, the summertime is easy, but it’s also flying by. It’s time for picnics, swimming, gardening, outdoor fun, and hopefully, plenty of time with feet up and a favorite book. In summer, when my children were young, we spent our late mornings and early afternoons at a nearby pond with lots of splash time, only interrupted by crayfish catching. Our late afternoons were spent resting with books borrowed on our weekly trips to the local library. Rainy days away from the pond gave us more time to browse and make new choices among the library’s treasures.
In addition to all that your local library has to offer, here are some ideas for making children’s reading selections:
First, here are some summer reading suggestions from BookPage. Most libraries provide complimentary copies of this monthly book review, and it’s also available at http://www.bookpage.com. For young children, ages 2 to 5, BookPage columnist Julie Hale provides three titles in the July issue, each featuring seaside stories.
You can visit the full article and details about these stories at:
At Reading Rockets, http://www.readingrockets.org/books/summer, you can check out annual summer booklists and reading guides. You can browse through children’s book lists online or download and print the PDFs before going to your library or favorite independent bookstore. Reading guides are available for children up to age 12. Their website has resources for teaching reading, helping struggling readers, interviews with authors, and much more.
Goodreads, a staple resource for so many readers, offers a wealth of recommendations and reading lists for all ages. Here is a link to popular children’s book lists: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/childrens. If it’s your first time visiting the Goodreads site, you can easily set up a free account and explore a world of literature at your fingertips.
In the past, we’ve showcased some children’s book authors here at the Writers’ Loop. I’d like to suggest these titles and authors as well.
HAPPY SUMMER READING WITH THE CHILDREN, it’s one of the best gifts we can give them!