Whew, okay, I’m glad that’s over. Maybe you disagree, but for me, spring cleaning is fun at the beginning, exhilarating when you’re in the thick of it and utterly exhausting as you near the end. Now that I’m (almost) clutter free, I can say without hesitation that I am very eager for summer to start. I’m happy you found your way back here today because I’m excited to share a bit of our summer plans. Look at the title of this post again, it’s more than that, it’s a goal!
Earlier this week, via Instagram, I came across Clarissa, aka @book.nerd.mommy, and her post 100 Picture Books for Your Summer Reading. Let me tell you, it’s a great list; new titles, old favorites and everything in between. For the past few summers, my kids and I have all had big reading plans. The unfortunate truth is that I often lost track of things through swimming lessons, play dates and summer excursions. This summer, there’s no excuses, we have a list to follow, and by my calculation, we have 10% covered just with our own home library. I’ve included the link to her blog post, where you’ll find her carefully selected titles, with a brief explanation of what makes each story so lovable. She also shares a free printable version of the list. My list is printed and posted on my bulletin board already! I extended the challenge to my kids, and my oldest, who loves to answer for her brothers eagerly accepted.
In the spirit of the sweet, slow pace of summertime, I plan to scale my blog posts down to once a week. In place of my Wednesday posts, I’ll let you know how our #100PictureBookSummer is going. My plan is to keep you posted on our progress, and share our favorites from the week. Here’s the link…
If you can, take a few minutes to peruse her website. Clarissa has a wonderful ‘Beyond the Book’ section of arts and craft activities to help Picture Books become interactive for children. She also shares recipes to accompany some of your favorite books (Truffula Tree Cupcakes, anyone?), and literacy tools for those of us with young, growing minds.
Here’s to 100 books, 10 fun weeks and 1 great summer. If you think this sounds fun, we’d love for you to join us. I’ll be sharing here and on Instagram (@jennifergprevost). Our first batch of books will be ready for pick-up from the library today!
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. My thoughts are with those who have lost someone, now or then, near or far, in service for this great nation.
Thanks for reading, come back anytime!