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Children’s Summer reading basket

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Our Summer reading basket is full of beautiful books to complement the season and the Australian landscape.

Summer for us is usually bright blue skies, long grasses washed to a yellow-white colour and a blazing sun. And although we have had some soaringly hot days this year (up into the 40s), we’ve also enjoyed wonderful storms bringing cooling relief, with weeks of more gentle temperatures (in the early 20s).

My children love exploring our reading basket each time it is changed. The books I make available follow the seasons and festivals of the year, helping us maintain a rhythm to our days.

Books in our Summer reading basket

Rules of Summer

by Shaun Tan

A new book for Max, about the rules children make up for their games through Summer. An intriguing book to spark the imagination, filled with illustrations of Summer landscapes.

Max is really rather taken with this story and with puzzling out the rules!

All Through the Year
by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker

Follow an Australian family through their year. Long days in January at the beach, cooling air in March as the leaves turn colour, and the shortest day and longest night in June. This book relates the seasons to our part of the world with whimsical illustrations and a lovely rhythm.

A lovely story that could be added to any seasonal reading basket.

A Year On Our Farm
by Penny Matthews and Andrew McLean

Nature and the seasons are explored through an Australian family’s life on a farm is this lovely story. With little bits of humour to capture the imagination.

This is one of Max’ favourite stories, and again could be added to any seasonal reading basket.

Today we have No Plans
by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker

A book that takes us through what can be a busy family week, ending with a wonderfully amazing day in which there are no plans!

To us, Summer is like a day with no plans ~ as it stretches on, people are more relaxed and days less structured.

Pip the Gnome
by Admar Kwant

This simple board book takes us through the seasons with Pip the Gnome. We meet his friends the robin in Summer and a wren in Winter. This book is not based in Australia, but translates well because it does not anchor the seasons to the months of the Northern Hemisphere.

It is one of Ruby’s favourites, and a good bedtime read.

Two Summers
by John Heffernan and Freya Blackwood

This story contrasts two Summers on the farm, when a friend, Rick visits. One year they play in the dam and help with the animals. The following Summer there is a drought and things are tough.

Many parts of Australia are in drought and this story nicely illustrates the impact.

Many of these enjoyable books were recommended by my friend Jackie from My Little Bookcase. I find it rather hard to resist the books she recommends! Pop on over to see for yourself *grin*

What books do you have in your Summer reading basket?

Happy reading,

A rainbow giveaway!

Sometimes things come along just when they are needed…
And this certainly seemed to be the case the other day

Dino Boy had hurt his toe rather badly
And by the time I returned home after work he was rather miserable and hurting
{my poor little chook, luckily he is on the mend now!}
But it just so happened that a parcel had arrived that day
…a lovely parcel from children’s author, Kathy Parra
Her lovely book…
So Dino Boy and I snuggled down together to read
 As we read the story, turning the beautiful pages
{made from eco friendly paper}
Dino Boy calmed and was captured by the sweet story
A story of a girl named Willow
who could not see with her eyes… but learnt to see through her other senses
“Mama,” Willow asked, “why is the Earth so quiet?”
“Earth is quiet so that we can hear Nature speak to us” she said.
This beautiful story is wonderfully illustrated by Candace Keach
Mama said, “The willow tree has green leaves. The wind sways them back and forth.”
I felt the leaves brush gently against my face and the leaves slip through my fingers.
“Mama, Nature is speaking to me! Green feels gentle.”
And for your chance to win a copy of this sweet, hope filled book
….leave a comment about what rainbows mean to you

Comments close at 5pm EST on 25 March 2013 
Dino Boy will choose the winner by telling me which is his favourite comment
And the winner will be announced on 26 March 2013


And the WINNER is….. {following a ‘redraw’} Valerii

Rainbows are certainly rare and wonderful, but to me, the memory of seeing a double rainbow while working in the fields, changing irrigation pipes with my Grandmother, is the first thought that always comes to mind. It was one of those ahhhhh moments that is frozen in my mind complete with the scents of alfalfa, river bank, sagebrush, rain, and my Grandmothers wool coat.

with the comment ‘Rainbows are the breathe of fairies, shared across the sky for all of us to see

Valerii please get in touch by Friday at 5pm EST ~
{if I have not heard from our winner, I will ask Dino Boy for his next favourite comment} 


Happy rainbow filled days,