Stop summer boredom with summer reading for kids & a chance to WIN!!!

Have you thought about how summer reading could help with summer boredom? Summer is not what it was in the 80’s and 90’s when kids just played outside for hours, came home for dinner, and had a blast. Today’s summer is filled with non-stop video games, electronics, and non-stop boredom. HA! Our summer began two weeks ago and I have already heard the dreaded, “Mom, I’m bored” at least a dozen times and it is driving me nuts. Then one day it hit me, no, I am not okay with letting the kids go out and play all day long, unsupervised, but what I am okay with, is setting a schedule of things for them to do, to keep them busy, all the while having fun and number one on that list is setting up a designated summer reading time each day.  I like to do it about mid-afternoon when the kids are at that time of arguing with each other and not knowing what to do. So, every day from 2-3 PM, they each have quiet time with books and we have compiled a list of Summer books from Candlewick Press to keep them busy.

Hattie & Hudson By Chris Van Dusen, Pigsticks and Harold and the Tuptown Thief By Alex Milway, There Might be Lobsters By Carolyn Crimi, illustrated by Laurel Molk, The Jolley-Rogers and the Monster’s Gold By Jonny Duddle, Things to Do with Dad By Sam Zuppardi.

Now, I will admit that my kids were not so sure when I told them about their new summer reading program, but after I introduced them to their new books, they were on board. 

Baby Miss loves taking some one-on-one time with her Daddy with Things to Do with Dad By Sam Zuppardi. The story shows how a boy and his dad can use imaginations to do chores in a fun style. In his singularly expressive, kid-friendly style, author-illustrator Sam Zuppardi crafts a colorful celebration of the fun that can be had with just a little imagination — and a trusty green crayon.

The girls both love taking turns reading Pigsticks and Harold and the Tuptown Thief By Alex Milway and The Jolley-Rogers and the Monster’s Gold. 

The Jolley-Rogers and the Monster’s Gold is a fun journey that takes the girls on a treasure hunt. In the book, Matilda discovers a treasure map inside an old bottle, which she shows to the Jolley-Rogers. Together they all set sail to find the mysterious island on the map. Unfortunately, they end up in the belly of the dastardly Pirate Cruncher! Can Matilda and the rest of the Jolly-Rogers rescue themselves before it is too late? Or will they end up trapped there forever? Expect adventure, laughs, and perhaps an almighty sneeze.

Pigsticks and Harold and the Tuptown Thief is a fun detective book for kids, with a twist. The Butterfly Ball is tomorrow, and everyone has a job to do — even Harold. He’s making the Spirit of Tuptown prize! But when the prize statue goes missing, a confident Pigsticks volunteers to solve the case. With more and more things disappearing and everyone in Tuptown a suspect, will Detective Pigsticks track down the mysterious thief?

What is really nice is when I find the girls out on the swing, just laughing, giggling and reading a book or two.

Hattie & Hudson for ages 4-8, is about Hattie McFadden, a born explorer. Every morning she grabs her life jacket and paddles out in her canoe to discover something new on the lake, singing a little song on her way. When her singing draws up from the depths a huge mysterious beast, everyone in town is terrified — except Hattie, who looks into the creature’s friendly, curious eyes and knows that this is no monster. So Hattie sneaks out at night to see the giant — whom she names Hudson — and the two become friends. But how can she make the frightened, hostile townspeople see that Hudson isn’t scary or dangerous at all? Chris Van Dusen brings his colorful, perspective-bending artwork to this satisfying new story about acceptance, friendship, and sticking up for those who are different.

Meanwhile, the humorous There Might be Lobsters By Carolyn Crimi, illustrated by Laurel Molk, take the girls to the beach in a tale of all the scary things that are no-so-scary, from the eyes of a small dog named Sukie.  With endearing illustrations and a perfectly paced text that captures a timid pup’s looping thoughts, here is a funny and honest read-aloud about how overwhelming the world can be when you’re worried — and how empowering it is to overcome your fears when it matters the most.

In the end, summer reading not only keeps the girls reading and ready for school, but it allows their imaginations to soar, while keeping summer boredom at bay.

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Win it – a Summer Reading Giveaway

One lucky Adventures of 8 reader will win a summer reading prize package.

This Giveaway:

    • Will run from June 14th-28th
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*Disclosure – as stated above, this is a sponsored post. All thoughts, opinions, and reviews are my own. 

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