Summer is here and we’re warming welcoming it. Up past our normal bedtimes, we chase the sunlight, enjoying these longer days that we craved for so long. Coming inside when the day cools, we sometimes bathe and sometimes we go to bed smelling a little like dirt and sunshine. Slipping off well played in clothes, we brush teeth and all of those babies pile onto our bed, with their favorite blankies by their sides. Reading with them is one of my favorite parts of parenting. As a gal who loves to read, there’s hardly anything I like more than going through books with my kids.
We have summer reading logs that hang on the fridge. Each time we read 20 minutes, the kids excitedly fill in another circle and if we do nothing but read a lot during the summer, I’ll still count it as a success (although I plan on doing some math and writing too, just so we don’t forget everything we’ve learned). When kids are young, one of the greatest gifts we can give them is time on our laps, reading. Tucked in next to us, with books open, funny voices and the same stories read repeatedly, this is where our children are taught to be readers.
To welcome summer, longer days and hopefully more slow moments, we’ve partnered with Sasquatch Books to provide one of you with a really fun book collection.
These books are PNW based and they’ll be a sure way to help you get that “20 minutes a day” in.
Poet Eric Ode has created a hilarious read-aloud about the town of Mossy Pockets and the birthday party the residents throw for reluctant Bigfoot. Internal rhyme gives the growing lists of people, instruments, pies, and animals a delightful momentum. The party excitement builds until it all comes to a pie-smashing disaster.
Eric Ode is a national award-winning children’s singer, songwriter, author, and poet who performs for schools, libraries, and community events. He is also the author of Sea Star Wishes and co-author of Larry Gets Lost Under the Sea. In addition to being a professional illustrator, Jaime Temairik is a spectacularly fun birthday party guest.
Elliott the Otter lives in Elliott Bay and claims that it’s named after him. And why wouldn’t it be, since he’s in charge of its daily activity? From the freighters bringing in cargo from around the world to the salmon passing through on their way upstream, Elliott is the boss of it all. Young readers will delight in Elliott’s antics as they learn about the bustling bay in Seattle’s Puget Sound.
John Skewes is a professional illustrator living in Seattle. He began work as a product designer and character artist for Disney Consumer Products before leaving to start his own company, Retrodyne Industries, in 2001. As the creator and illustrator of the award-winning Larry Gets Lost children’s book series, John has followed Larry from the southern tip of Texas to tiny Nome, Alaska, and has been lost several times himself. He has illustrated over twenty children’s books.
Eric Ode is a national award-winning children’s singer, songwriter, and the author of Sea Star Wishes. He lives in Bonney Lake, WA.
John Skewes is a professional illustrator living in Seattle. As the creator and illustrator of the award-winning Larry Gets Lost® children’s book series, John has followed Larry from the southern tip of Texas to tiny Nome, Alaska, and has been lost several times himself.To enter the giveaway, simply comment below telling us about some of your favorite books. Have you read anything good recently?
Giveaway ends Monday night 6/27/16 at 9pm.