Summer Reading 2017: July Edition

With the end of July in sight, the heat still climbing outside – my kids & I have been making a local tour of snowball stands, splash pads & even turned our backyard into a wet obstacle course! We’ve also been reading like mad, so much so that we stopped keeping track of reading minutes on their reading logs or the number of books we’ve finished together.

A Little Free Library Full of Books!
As of July 15th, our library Summer Reading Program (& activities) have now ended, but kids can still turn in their reading logs through August 12th. Today, my kids were happy to receive their reading certificates. I’m very proud that they & so many other kids are Building a Better World! 

Building a Better World with Books!

While the number one thing the Summer Reading Program does is encourage kids to read, the next best thing is the free, creative activities. My kids loved building structures out of straws, minecraft people out of blocks, and airplanes out of construction paper. A great activity for both parents and kids was Lego Robotics, where families worked together to build & code robots! Perhaps their most challenging activity was the Lego structure competition, where they worked together to build a creation on the theme “Build a Better World with Books.” Judged on their building skills, creativity and ability to explain their structure, they were surprised to receive 2nd place in their age category!

Lego Competition 2nd place Winners!
Summer is still swinging, and we will still be reading in the weeks ahead. In fact, as we left the library today, my daughter was already cracking open her newest find, reading it in the car as we spent our day out and about. When we arrived home, having spent a couple hot hours outside, she carried the book inside, exclaiming at the miracle of air-conditioning. And a minute later? Her nose was, happily, stuck in a book. 🙂💖📚

Thank you for reading, and for visiting Space to Dream. Happy Summer Reading! Have a wonderful day. -Stacie


Happy National Poetry Month! Be Inspired.

Unicorn Book of Magic Greeting Card by Trudi Simmonds

Happy National Poetry Month! Throughout April, I hope you notice the light being shone upon poetry where you live, in classrooms, and in the media. I am excited to see the beautiful, inspiring, whimsical & funny poems that this month brings. I will be posting each week with a different kind of poem; my intention is to share both children’s and adult poetry with varying themes and forms. There are so many different ways that poetry can look & feel – and all are worth exploring! Today, I will start with the poetry that first fascinated me & still keeps my heart today – inspirational, magical children’s poetry. As a mother, I can now experience it anew with my children.

My daughter loves art of all kinds. We have bins bulging full of colored pencils, markers, crayons and paints – sketching pads, note pads, papers of all colors, shapes and sizes. Her drawings are often of rainbows, family members, friends, school, playgrounds, animals – real things that she has seen, touched and experienced. People she loves. But lately, her drawings feature magical creatures. Here is her drawing, and my poem for today.


There she stands
beauty, white as snow
cascading mane upon her neck
her satiny purple eyes aglow. 

There she stands
high upon a mountaintop
next to a rainbow
shining in its colourful light.

There she stands
glorious creature of the clouds
holding her head high
proud to be alive and free!

There she stands
a symbol for those who believe
letting those who do
see the magic she beholds.

There she stands
making wishes comes true
and people into believers
for she is 
a Unicorn. 

Copyright Stacie Eirich April 3, 2017

Originally posted March 28, 2016

Seeing her drawing and reading the poem I wrote, I am reminded how children remind us of the magic all around us, if only we allow ourselves to see and believe. Reading, writing, poetry, music – the arts – offer so many ways to enrich our souls and cultivate creativity. I hope that my daughter will always have a love of creating, of dreaming, and mostly that she’ll never stop believing in magic – and in herself.

To celebrate National Poetry Month in April 2016, I published a collection titled Canvas of Imagination: Poems. It includes Unicorn plus 15 other poems I wrote in my childhood. Available on Amazon for $0.99 – I hope it inspires kids & teens to read, write, and seek out more poetry.

On Thursday, April 6th, I’ll be sharing a post celebrating children’s poetry over at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. Toads is a lovely online community of poets who share their passion for poetry, and this month there will be posts featuring original poems & writing prompts every day. Do go and visit to be inspired!

Thanks for stopping by Space to Dream. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 -Stacie

p.s. Below is a beautiful video, a spoken word poem that expresses the wonder of a child and encourages adults to recapture that wonder. Never stop wondering, imagining, & dreaming! This is the heart of children’s poetry.