It feels like the kids just ended their school year, and here I am considering their summer reading habits already. Of course, art, swimming, exploring, and growing are all part of our summer plans in good measure. But reading books on end and having them as part of an autumn return to school, is as old as time itself.
Now that seven-year-old Oak can read quite well, and River (nearly inching to 11) is known for the way she gets lost in books, I’m looking forward to late afternoons beside them in that kind of silence. And end of summer conversations backtracking on words they devoured and places their imagination went is the icing on top.
Summers are a season of nostalgia for me. Last week, I had a long birthday conversation with my mom, who affirmed much of my current habits as my early childhood summer habits. They were things I did to pass the time; people watching was a big one. Nail art, jumping rope and writing were a few others. But living in a house with two engaged readers, has me wanting to make sure it is a core aspect of our summer days (along with everything else).
River read A Wrinkle In Time during her school year, so we can’t pick it up together again. And after beloved author, Beverly Cleary passed away, I made a silent commitment to relive the childhood tales of Romana alongside my kids.
We definitely need more options and have our library card ready! So what are your kids reading lately? And what are you reading with them?