Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Reading the Summer Away

Summer officially began nearly a week ago, and summer reading has begun in all its forms. Not only have we signed up at our local library for a fun summery reading program, but we also are doing 2 online. We read all year regardless of any prizes that may be given, but I still think it's fun to push ourselves above and beyond in the summer time. Our library gave us mazes to be filled in for both boys as they complete daily/weekly tasks. Dom has dutifully put an 'x' each day to mark that he listened for at least 20 minutes to stories. It's helping him learn the art of completing tasks towards a goal, which is fun.

For online Summer Reading contests, check out the following:
PBS Kids has an online challenge over at IVillage, which includes daily ideas and tips via email as well as prizes up to $1000 cash. Goals are set by you, so you can move at your own pace.
Also, hosted by No Time for Flashcards, is a challenge where you enter weekly the number of books you read total for a chance to win Amazon gift cards. I love their site and turn to it for all kinds of learning and art tutorials and ideas. They have fantastic activities & crafts for all ages - it's perfect for homeschooling families as well as parents that just want some extra things to do with their kids. I highly recommend checking it out.

On our book shelves right now, we're reading:

Lawn to Lawn by Dan Yaccarino - a sweet tale of 4 lawn ornaments that get separated from their owner and friend, and their adventure back to be reunited with her. 

Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola - a favorite I remember from my own childhood. We just picked it up from the library, so I shall re-read it before deciding if the magic is too much for the little man or not.

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall - Sometimes I read young adult fiction for a quick, easy read. This was a fun one that I honestly picked up based solely on the cover art. A positive story of adventurous girls who scoff at the idea of living solely for outer beauty and value their family above things. A good find in the midst of most of modern children's books.

What sits upon your bookshelves right now? Anything you'd recommend?

Although I often link to Amazon for books + other gear, I don't actually have the account set up to make money from your clicks. I'm considering doing that though - has anyone else had any success with having an Amazon Affiliate account?

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This post Reading the Summer Away first appeared on Two Os Plus More on 27 June 2012


  1. We loooove Strega Nona (and pretty much everything Tomie dePaola does) and I keep meaning to read the Penderwicks. Everyone tells me that they're just delightful. I got an amazon affiliate account last month and it's definitely been worth it. In the past 5 weeks I've racked up 45 bucks from referrals (the only money I've ever made from my blog) so I'm definitely a fan. Do you do any sort of monetizing? Has anything been helpful? I'm still such a blogging zero...

    1. I agree, Tomie dePaola is pretty amazing. I'm on the lookout for the next Penderwicks book at our library - we'll see if they continue to be as good. I hope so!
      At present, I have no monetizing of any sort... I kind of have been hesitant to delve into that whole realm, but I was considering the Amazon route since I already am always linking to them. Thanks for letting me know how it's worked for you!


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