- Darcie Caswell
If you are like me and have children in your life, you are in the thick of a tremendously busy season: the end of the school year. Testing, concerts, recitals, graduations, award banquets, and field trips fill the calendar. It may seem a long way off with everything that is going on right now, but Summer Reading at the library is just around the corner.
Summer is a critical time to keep your child reading (avoid summer slide!), and the library wants to help children be motivated to keep reading all summer long. The first step is to visit librarypoint.org/summer.
If you get there before June 1, sign up to receive an email reminder about registering, but if you get there after June 1, just take a few minutes to register yourself and your children for Summer Reading at Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Summer Reading is for all ages! Set a great example for your children by participating yourself, and earn a chance to win some exciting prizes, such as movie passes or a tablet. And, in these last few frenzied days of the school year, help your children (and yourself) unwind with some fun books:
Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
Triangle plays a sneaky trick on his friend Square, who retaliates with a sneaky trick of his own. Does either learn a lesson? Probably not, but it's fun to read! Though the illustrations are simple, and the words are few, Barnett and Klassen deftly convey the emotions and plotting of these two characters, and children will love wondering why Square and Triangle are acting this way. Readers and fans of Klassen’s other popular books, such as I Want My Hat Back, will find a similar feel in Triangle.
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
This sweet, cheerful graphic novel for young readers follows Narwhal and Jellyfish as they become friends. At first, they are each convinced that the other is a figment of their imaginations, because neither has seen anything quite like the other. They are pretty unique creatures, after all. After deciding to become friends, the perpetually positive Narwhal decides to create a pod, christening various sea species with a horn as they become members of Narwhal's pod. A charming message about the value of friendship and self-acceptance.
Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
The creators of the beloved Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site are back to show us how big trucks start their day on the construction site. Rhymes and a catchy reading rhythm give energy to the lives of these trucks as they begin their biggest building project yet. The project is so big, they need to call in some friends for help and form a super crew, working together to get the job done.
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
It’s a perfect day for Bert’s animal friends. Cat has a patch of daffodils to play in, Dog has a pool of cool water where he can relax. Chickadee has a feeder full of food, and Squirrel has a tasty snack. What will happen to their perfect day when Bear comes along?
A Greyhound, A Groundhog by Emily Jenkins and Chris Appelhans
Read this one slowly, as rhyming words, repetition and wordplay create tongue twisters around the hijinks of a greyhound and a groundhog as they discover each other, then run and explore. With few words per page, this is a great story to read to a young child or to have an emerging reader share with an adult.
Pass it On by Sophy Henn
Even children sometimes need a reminder that it is the little things in life that can make a difference and that we can each be part of spreading happiness. When we see something that makes us chuckle, and we share that laugh with a friend, we are passing on our happiness. When we see something that makes us smile, and we share that smile with someone else, we are passing on those good feelings.