Many moons ago, I read a blog post that we only have 18 summers with our children, and then they are gone.
So I wanted to do something different with my daughter this season–something besides spending lots of time in the pool, making (and helping her meet) educational and life skill goals, and taking weekenderly (just feeling Shakespearish here) field trips to various places (e.g. museums, the beach, free family events, et cetera).
I searched for a list of books to start my own post-kindergarten summer reading program and found this list of “notable” children’s books of 2019: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb
Being a fan of goal and to-do lists, this was it for me. There are 37 books on the list, and because I will be reading them multiple times (in addition to her favorites), this is plenty. I had originally planned on coming up with an activity pertaining to each book, but that was just a bit too ambitious for me. I’ll save that for next year.
After every reading, I will post a review of the book. If I can pry any thoughts out my daughter, I will include those as well.
My daughter’s at the age where she is just starting to learn to read; I want to make reading and the love of doing so a tradition that will become a legacy.