Summer, by the calendar, is coming to a close. The heat has hit hard several times now and you’ve probably been enjoying a fresh summer routine. Perhaps you are crazy busy with activities, trips, and family gatherings. Or, maybe you try to slow it down and enjoy the “lazy days”, but the kids are complaining of boredom by now. Whatever your summer looks like, grab some great “summer” books to have handy. Whether you’re relaxing by the pool or sitting in an airport or car, you can fill in the minutes with a good story.
Farms and barns are busy places in the summer. One of my favorite books as a child was Charlotte’s Web. Your kids will enjoy this story of a farm girl and her pig. Let them read it for themselves, or gather for a family storytime each day. You will all fall in love with the characters and look forward to each chapter.
Summer camp? You either love it or hate it. How about going on an Adventure in Odyssey with Lights Out at Camp What-a-Nut? Find out what happens to Mark Prescott, who is not having a good time at summer camp. This book is part of a series, too. Read them all to keep the fun and adventure going all summer long.
We’ve probably all had the experience of having a long-awaited summer vacation canceled. Eric’s Vacation describes what happens after a family’s summer vacation plans get changed. This book claims to be one “teenagers will greatly enjoy and find profit in reading”.
We often associate summer with adventures and new experiences. Another of my favorite books is Anne of Green Gables. An orphan arrives at a strange new home where she finds true love and friendship. Her antics will make you laugh, too. Lucy Maude Montgomery’s characters come alive. If you’re like me, you’ll end up wishing you could be friends with Anne, too.
Adventure awaits older readers in the Baker Family Adventures. The first book, Summer of Suspense, has the characters trying to find a missing person. Readers will encounter “lessons of Christian courage, humility, submission to authority, and repentance before God and man” in this mystery adventure.
And finally, what is summer without good food? With kids at home, family gatherings, and holidays, good eats are essential. But who wants to slave in a hot kitchen? Mom’s Best Crowd-Pleasers promises “101 no-fuss recipes for family gatherings, casual get-togethers, and surprise company”. That definitely seems to cover the bases for summer cooking. Have fun stirring up something new. It just might be the best-loved food at the picnic or the beginning of a new tradition. As always, be sure to visit the consignment shop for lots of reading materials at good prices. From novels to puzzle books and cookbooks to coloring books, we’ve got it all. Find a great book to enjoy as you take a few minutes to relax.
I hope you are all having a safe, enjoyable summer. While you and your kids may be reading a little “lighter” material than you do during the school year, you are still learning, sharpening skills, and growing. Rest and be refreshed with a great book.
Reading is Rewarding!
Request the following titles from the Family Vision Library here:
Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White
Lights Out at Camp What-a-Nut, by Paul McCusker
Eric’s Vacation, by H. B. Brandstaeder
Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Summer of Suspense, by C. R. Hedgecock
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