Thursday, June 14, 2018

Summer Reading Recommendations

You probably don't need the rundown I give yearly about why you should sign up for your local library's Summer reading program, but don't forget to do it. It's beneficial for adults as well as kids and teens. 

Signing the kids up for the comprehensive reading programs our amazing local library offers is one of my favorite traditions, but we needed it this year more than ever. Our middle kiddo is nursing the top of a broken foot in a cast, which can feel sort of boring in the season of super temperatures and swimming. The library not only gives him a safe place to be and interact with other kids, but the reading goals give him something to work toward while he heals. That's invaluable. It's not something we could afford to do otherwise, and it made me really think about how Summer is made much better for everyone by what our libraries do. It's been a place for my older kids to make friends and for my youngest to practice the skills she will need for preschool and I'm not sure what we would do without them. 

Trying to find things to do with a foot cast would be so much more challenging without
Summer programs. 

We've been incredibly busy, but if you are looking for books to add to your program reading list, I totally have some recommendations for every age group. 

For tweens and kids who love all the popular horror games, grab the Five Nights At Freddy's novels starting with "The Silver Eyes". They are full of familiar creepy themes and deeply detailed descriptions-just be aware that you won't be able to look at your favorite pizza arcade place mascot the same ever again. 

I love that games like Little Nightmares and Five Nights have book companions because that is a super motivator for fans to read these awesome works. 

For the Smaller kids, Vin Vogel's new and upcoming "A Home For Leo" is perfect for youngsters and has a great lesson on how to belong when you walk in two worlds. The illustrations are bright and it's a quick, sweet read. 

Another cute read for younger audiences is "999 Frogs and a
Little Brother"
by Ken Kimura and Yasunari Murakami. It
 has the most adorable language that is perfect for a read-aloud for the ages of about three and up. The lesson is cute, the art is fun, this is a great book. 

My last recommendation is for adults. Basically, anyone who has ever f%^*ed up with money can and should read it. Cash is complicated because it's an abstract and ever-present factor in our lives, and it's importance to us makes it easily to manipulate right out of our wallets. I loved this book and REALLY needed to read it.
I suspect that with its hilarious examples and no b.s. explanations behind human screw-ups, a lot of other people will love it, too. 

Happy Reading and get yourself and your family signed up at your local library for the 2018 reading program. 

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