Today marks the beginning of our summer session of homeschool, and I’m super excited to start reading All Quiet On the Western Front with my boys.
Perhaps it’s not much of a summer book, but we’re wrapping up our World War I studies as part of this session, so it’s perfect in other ways. And since it’s relatively short, I think we’ll have time to also read Ruby Holler before summer’s end and if there’s a summery book out there, Ruby Holler is it! Talk about switching gears! haha
You might be wanting to celebrate summer with your littles, too, and if you’re like me, one of the best ways to do that is with books.
Because books, y’all. Yeah yeah.
Over the years, we’ve read numerous books on a blanket outside under a shade tree. I’ve compiled a short list of my very favorites for you so you and your littles can get busy doing the same.
It’s only 10 days till the official first day of summer! If you’re like us, that means camping season is in full swing. Even though we have woods right in our back yard, we love to get away to unknown forests, unplug, and enjoy nature without distraction.
Fishing, hiking, swimming, and hanging out around the campfire top of our list of ways to spend a fabulous weekend. But you know the Lit Mama, I never go anywhere without a book or two add to the enjoyment.
If you’ve been hanging around Lit Mama long, you know me. You know kids are my favorite people, YA is my favorite age range to read (and write), picture books steal my heart, and Dystopia is my genre du jour. You know I read more often than not and that I think literature in any form is key to a good education.
Having said that, I have a gripe.
Because you probably also know that I believe that authors, Especially Children’s Authors, have a responsibility beyond telling a good story and having good grammar. I believe that if you’re going to get famous and make a living on the backs of our nation’s youth, you should set an example. Be honest, yes. Be raw because kids see through the facades. Just don’t encourage behavior that is less than what you would expect from your own daughter or son.
We live in a world where entertainment is as close as the nearest screen. Even I, the crazy book lady, can fall prey to a serious case of Netflix binging.
I’ve noticed that a lot of kids would rather play video games or apps or watch cartoons than open a book. Reading is not exactly an instant gratification type of media.
So we have a job ahead of us as mamas. We have to start our kids on books early. We have to show them that reading is fun. And we have to help them learn how to enjoy the slower, truer gratification of reading a good book.