As the summer approaches for children, you can find a few resources to keep your children reading in addition to your local libraries.
First, Barnes and Noble offers a summer reading program every year where the children track at least 8 books on a form. Then, in August, they can come into the store and pick a book off of their list for free! Click here for the form.
Also, Scholastic is having a “Read-A-Palooza” Summer Reading Challenge. Over the summer, kids log their minutes that they have read online. They unlock digital rewards, book excerpts, and other summer content. In addition, once participating kids reach 25, then 50 and then 100 million minutes collectively read in the Summer Reading Challenge, Scholastic will donate a minimum of 200,000 books to kids in need across the United States! Click here for information on this program.
Make sure your littles read over the summer to continue their education from the previous school avoiding that summer slump. And let your kids explore, grow, travel, and have fun reading some cool books over the warm summer!
Literature shares us with so many wonderful stories and people. In fact, we have met a number of pretty awesome mothers in fiction over the years. Here are a few of them:
- Molly Weasley, Harry Potter series
- Margaret March, Little Women
- Mrs. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
- Kanga, Winnie-the-Pooh
- Dr. Murry, A Wrinkle in Time
- Mrs. Quimby, Ramona
- Ma Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie
Many other awesome moms exist out there in fiction. What other fictional moms should we add to this list here?
Cheers to all the real moms out there today! Hopefully you get some time to read a great book today! Happy Mother’s Day!
Happy Peter Pan Day or really, J.M. Barrie’s birthday!
“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
J. M. Barrie authored “Peter Pan” as a play first in 1904 and then as a novel in 1911. Cheers to this Scottish author and playwright for creating such a memorable set of characters and story!
To celebrate, make some pixie dust, go on an adventure, tell a good story, battle a pirate, and act like a kid! Or pick up the original book and read it today!
Happy Peter Pan Day!
“To live will be an awfully big adventure.”
Happy Star Wars Day!
George Lucas created this franchise with the first film back in 1977 and it operates now as a huge enterprise!
While most people think of the movies when they think about Star Wars, many novels have been written about all the creative characters and stories. Enjoy a few minutes and read one of the Star Wars books or comics out there!
May the 4th be with you!
“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh Day was created to celebrate the creator’s birthday, A.A. Milne. Milne was born on this day in 1882 in London, England. Milne brought this adorable, honey-loving, bear to life in his writings in a collection of books first published in 1926.
Milne’s lovable Pooh Bear is a fictional bear inspired by a black bear named Winnie who lived at the London Zoo during World War I. The author’s son, Christopher Robin, would visit the bear often at the zoo and named his own teddy bear after her.
Milne created other characters in these books, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo, after his son’s other stuffed animals.
I so remember enjoying Winne the Pooh as a young girl and love seeing my own children enjoy these lovable characters.
Winnie the Pooh continues today to inspire and entertain many fans throughout the world.
To celebrate this fun day, go and enjoy a Winne the Pooh book, enjoy some honey, snuggle one of your stuffed animals, host a picnic, draw your house in the woods, or even bounce around the room a bit. 😉
“It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.” ~ Winnie the Pooh ☀️
Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 in England. She authored six books and these books continue to be revered today. Her books include Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park.
Jane’s father encouraged her writing back then and even bought her expensive paper and pencils even when the family needed the extra money. She used her father’s library frequently by reading lots of books.
I distinctly remember reading Pride and Prejudice many, many years ago. I loved that book! I dreamt about meeting my own Mr. Darcy some day. But, I also remember Jane’s great sense of wit and wisdom in her writing throughout her novels.
Enjoy a few quotes from Jane Austen’s works:
“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”
― Sense and Sensibility
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Pride and Prejudice
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
― Northanger Abbey
“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
― Pride and Prejudice
To celebrate her birthday, go out and read (or reread) one of her great books!
Happy Dewey Decimal System Day!
Melvil Dewey was born on this day in 1851. In 1873, he invented the most widely used library classification system called the Dewey Decimal System. It is used in more than 140 countries and translated into more than 30 different languages.
The system places the books on the shelf by subject using numbers from 000 to 999. It is called “Decimal” because it uses numbers to the right of the decimal point for more detail. Each subject has its own set of numbers.
For fun, I looked up my thesis book at my university’s library and it’s number is 361.4 A756a1999. 😉
Next time you’re at the library, check out the call number on your book and know that this system was created back in 1873!