Summer Reading Recap Week 2

This is part of the Traveling Through the Pages Summer Reading Adventure. If you haven’t downloaded your printable goodies it is not too late to get started!

Traveling Through the Pages Week 2 Recap

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Ten Books of Poems for Kids

We love, love, love poetry around here. This list by Jessica includes some of our favorite poetry resources and a few that our new to us.

Make a Fun Library Card Holder

Do your kids have library cards? Do you worry constantly about them losing their library cards? If so, then this craft is for you. Make a cute holder from felt and ribbon to corral your card while you are in the library and to hold it at the house.

Make a Summer Fun Binder

Not officially part of the the summer reading program, but still incredibly handy. If you need a place to keep your reading program pages and all your other summer papers this is the project for you.

Read this Week

Lady Lollipop – Written by Dick king-Smith, the author of Babe: The Gallant Pig (a great book for our compare a movie/book square, by the way) this delightful tale has had the kids enthralled. They love reading about the clever pig, her smart trainer and the very spoiled princess. We have just a one more chapter left to finish.

A Frog in the Bog – I never tire of reading this delightful rhyming counting romp by Karma Wilson. The watercolor illustrations are delightful as you count up to five and back again with the frog and the bugs and one very unwelcome swamp guest.

Ball – Oh.My. The kids LOVED this book, with a capital L-O-V-E. There is one word in the entire book — one. And some incredibly expressive drawings of a dog crazy for his ball. We laughed so hard together. (Hey! That’s a square we can mark off!)

Reading Around the Web

Storyline Online: Check out this fabulous site from the Screen Actors Guild feature children’s books read by some of our favorite actors. Very cool.

Growing Book By Book: In addition to tipping me off to that last site on Facebook, Jodie’s fabulous book site has tons of great book recommendations and fun projects for kids. She hosts the Booking Across the USA project each year, where you can see our peanut project ideas from Alabama and activities from all 50 states to accompany the fun Travels with Charlie books from Blue Apple Books.

Traveling Through the Pages Week 2 Recap

Read Aloud Revival: If you haven’t checked out this informative and fun podcast by Sarah Mackenzie, today is the day to do it. While all of her episodes to date have been wonderful, today she is interviewing acclaimed Jim Weiss who gives tips for parents on how to be a better performer while reading aloud. I am really looking forward to those. Also in that episode yours truly pops in to discuss the importance of owning books.

A Giveaway!

Traveling Through the Pages Week 2 RecapAnd now for something really fun! We are giving away a copy of You Can’t See Your Bones With Binoculars!! Blue Apple Books has graciously donated a copy of this funny and informative look at all the bones in your body. To win it for your aspiring doctor, simply enter using the Rafflecopter below. The contest will end next Thursday at noon and the winner will be announced in next Friday’s reading recap post.

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  • Abigail Carpenter says:

    How Things Work In The House – Lisa Campbell looks like a fun read.

  • kortney says:

    By the Light of the Harvest Moon looks magical!

    can’t wait for this edition of the RAR podcast!

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      The podcast is GREAT! And I’m not just saying that because I’m in it either 🙂 Jim and Sarah did a fabulous job.

  • I love the actors that read books. I might have to do that weekly this summer!

  • I love that library card holder I spotted in another post from here. I’m not entering the giveaway mine girl is 12. But, it looks great & she loves reading from our library and reading through the years.

  • Jamie says:

    My two little ones just got their first library cards this summer. What a great resource of books to check out (plus library card holder- much needed with young ones). 🙂

  • Thank you so much for the feature! So many great ideas!

  • Meghan says:

    *Grandma’s Wedding Album* looks so sweet!

  • JenRay says:

    “Mole Has Everything” caught my eye.

  • We love Dick King-Smith! Nice to see him included here. I am going to have to get Ball. It looks really good. Thanks for sharing these. I am enjoying seeing what you are doing with your summer reading program. I did include your Summer Fun Binder in my posts 🙂 Thanks for letting me link.

  • Regina says:

    Looks like BlueApple has a lot of great books. Will have to look more closely, but at first glance, I really like the Flip a word books and the Travels with Charlie.

  • Jill says:

    These are some fun ideas and the Booking Across the USA project is so much fun!

  • Jen says:

    The museum series by Jessie Hartland looks interesting. My son just finished studying Egyptian history so How the Sphinx got to the Museum would be really fun for him!

  • Kelly Jo says:

    I think this book looks awesome! My daughter is huge into science, so she would love it!

  • Sara says:

    Love that library card holder! Also, Extraordinary Pets would be just up my kid’s alley!

  • I really love wall cards, so I love their alphabet wall cards!

  • You have such a wonderful resource for great reads. I love reading so much, and my 6 year old daughter does too. My son who is 4 struggles to read, so I’m always looking for great picture books and stories that capture his imagination – you have so many great options, I’m excited!

  • Cristy S. says:

    “You Can’t See Your Bones With Binoculars” is my favorite from the website; we’ve been looking for a friendly book to talk about bones (without being scary!)

  • Ashley says:

    Please Don’t Eat Me seems like a really cute read for my daughter along with the Balloon Toons series.

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