Jumping into June

With June has come the rain, and we’ve spent our first couple of summer weeks mostly indoors. Though I know we all long for a day of sunlight and outdoor fun, the kids and I have had a lot of creative fun indoors, as well as reading time. I managed to read a novel in a week (The Chilbury Ladies choir, by Jennifer Ryan – a wonderful historical fiction novel set in Britain during WWII that celebrates the power of music that I highly recommend) — as well as read along with some of the kids book picks. We’ve also had some lovely visits to the library, where we picked out new books for the month, played a variety of games, and learned about flight around the world! The kids had fun making and flying their own paper airplanes.

A rainy day spent in the library
The kids learn about flight around the world

June Kids Book List:

Katie and the Cupcake War, Cupcake Diaries series by Coco Simon

Mia’s Boiling Point, Cupcake Diaries series by Coco Simon (not pictured above)

Pokemon XY, story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

Tigers at Twilight, Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne

Welcome to Camden Falls, Main Street series, by Ann M. Martin

Gemma the Gymnastics Fairy, Rainbow Magic series, by Daisy Meadows

Bailey the Babysitter Fairy, Rainbow Magic series, by Daisy Meadows (not pictured above)

Violet in Bloom, a Flower Power Book, by Lauren Myracle (not pictured above)

The Secret of the Fairies, Thea Stilton series (not pictured above)

Tales from a NOT-SO-Friendly Frenemy, Dork Diaries series, by Rachel Renee Russell (not pictured above)

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by David Roberts

What Eats What in a Rain Forest Food Chain, by Lisa J. Amstutz, illustrated by Anne Wertheim

Kids June Book Picks

What I’m currently reading: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

What I’m reading next: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

As the rain continues to fall outside our windows, I’m hoping for sunny summer days ahead in the second half of June! We’ll be heading up north via long-distance train to visit Mimi & Papaw, and of course we’ll be packing books to read along our journey.

Thanks for reading, watching – and for visiting Space to Dream. Have a wonderful day, and stay tuned for more summer reading adventures!




Happy Summer Reading 2017!

Last Summer, I enjoyed sharing posts & videos of the books my children and I were reading. I can’t believe a year has passed and it’s time to sign up for the Summer Reading program again! This year’s theme is “Build a Better World,” and local libraries will have literacy activities that challenge kids to create, build & have fun together. Here’s the short infomercial that my local library made for the program.

The program kicked off this weekend with Maker Faire, where kids were involved in DIY crafts & creative projects that combined reading with science & art. Throughout the summer there will be many chances for kids of all ages to attend fun events; check with your local library or their website to get a summer calendar. All events are free, are for specific age groups, and require you to register children before attending. Here is a link to the online event calendar & registration for St. Tammany Parish:

St. Tammany Parish Library Events Calendar

Kids in St. Tammany Parish can register for Summer Reading 2017 at any of our local library branches beginning May 23, which is our last official half-day of school.

Another reading program option that my children and I like to participate in is Barnes & Noble Summer Reading. This year they have programs for adults, teens and kids where you can earn a free book after completing and turning in a reading journal at your local Barnes & Noble bookstore. You can get the reading journal when visiting, or download it online. Each store also has special events throughout the summer that include storytime, book themed crafts & author visits. Here are links to check out for their summer program & events:

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading

Barnes and Noble Events

I’m excited to begin the summer with my kids & read together! It’s probably no secret that I love the stories we read just as much (and sometimes more) than they do, but the best part of sharing summer books is seeing their love for reading grow. While I also love themed activities that encourage them to go “beyond the book” and use their imaginations & creative skills to create something new, my main goal is simple. I want my children to be excited about reading.

When my kids are motivated to pick their own books, when they choose to spend their free time reading, when they ask for more reading time before bedtime – that is the best feeling! That’s when I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment as a parent who wants to instill a lifelong love of reading in my children. And I know many parents, teachers, & caretakers who feel the same. Reading is not just a skill but also a door to our imaginations, our abilities and our dreams.

I hope you are starting your summer as we are, with plenty of books and a visit to your local library! Happy Summer Reading 2017!

Thanks for stopping by Space to Dream. My next post will feature our first Summer Reading video and show you the books my kids & I have chosen to begin our summer reading adventure. 🙂