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Celebrating a Storybook Year – June

June brought us the first days of summer and so we headed for the beach…figuratively, at least. We explored beach, ocean and sea creature themes in our books this month. We met Jacques Cousteau (the “Manfish”), Marie Tharp (the woman who first mapped the ocean floor), and plenty of other fascinating real life and imaginary characters. We also enjoyed a week of cute and funny books about Fathers’ Day, complete with bear hugs and goofy dad humor.

All-in-all it was a breezy, warm, and engaging month of reading in keeping with the summer season.


Celebrating a Storybook Year – May

After April Showers come…May flowers! For May we read more books about rain and the water cycle, but added in books on seeds, plants and flowers. We found several wonderful books for Mothers’ Day – some touching, some amusing, all great for read-aloud! We also read a powerful and poignant book for Memorial Day.

may2As you might imagine, given the subject matter, we found some beautifully illustrated selections this month. It’s fun to look at the collage and think about all the amazing books we have uncovered – or rediscovered – this year.

But I digress…we have seven more months to go!


Celebrating a Storybook Year – April

For April we adopted a water cycle and rain theme (April Showers!…get it?), along with gardening.april

We read for Marguerite Henry’s birthday and National Help a Horse Day (seems like those should have been on the same day!). There was also World Penguin Day, Earth Day, National Arbor Day and Shakespeare’s birthday – yes, we even managed to work The Bard into our 365 read-aloud project! April was National Poetry Month, which led to some entertaining selections, and National Library Week happened this month as well. In a sense, we could have relabeled this year “A Local Library Year”. We have always been fans of the public library – but never more so after leaning on them so much all year to help us keep our book list going!


Celebrating a Storybook Year – March

If we thought we had a lot of special days in February, we hit the jackpot in March. This Month we didn’t just have a “foine bundle o’ books” for St. Patrick’s Day!

There was Dr. Smarcheuss’s Birthday (!), Dentist’s Day, Pi Day, and Albert Einstein’s Birthday, National Doctor Day, and the anniversary of the Eiffel Tower’s opening. Oh – and let’s not forget the beginning of spring and a very early Easter! It was a veritable Easter basket full of special days…in what we normally don’t think of as a holiday month!


Celebrating a Storybook Year – February

February was an entertaining month…and because of leap year we got one extra day of reading aloud (bonus!). It was still winter (or as close as we get to it around these parts) and we were geared up tofebruary8-3 celebrate Valentine’s Day. What we didn’t expect was how reading for other special days during the month – Groundhog day, Lincoln’s birthday, and President’s day – led us to read several books we might not otherwise have picked up!

But wait…there’s more!