Listening to audiobooks is a year-round activity in our homes, but something about the cooling temperatures and return to school makes listening to a classic story read aloud seem that much cozier. Audiobooks are great for mixed-age listening, too–put one on and watch as older kids drift in and out, listening, while littles snuggle up to you and (magic!) cease their chatter for a few minutes so they can hear the story play out.
Our love of picture books continues as we reach into our vast collections, pull out a few of our favorites, and share the features that brings us back time and time again. While all of them may not be the titles our kids grab first, they’re the ones that we look forward to the most and those we plan to hang onto for years to come.
Like all of you, we were saddened to hear about the shootings in El Paso, TX, Dayton, OH, and Gilroy, CA this week. We know that it’s likely some of you were directly affected and we are thinking of you. In lieu of our usual monthly essay, Meagan would like to share these thoughts today.
As book-loving moms, nothing is more satisfying than rediscovering stories we loved as kids when our own children get old enough to enjoy them. It starts early, with picture books we read with the same inflections and funny voices as our parents read them to us, and it continues on, bringing chapter books and novels back to the light that we haven’t thought about in years. Here are a few of our favorite books to revisit with your kids…
In its own way, this too is a radical, audacious act of What-if thinking: What if we could teach our kids to duck and cover without living in fear that they’ll need to? What if we accept that the ground under our feet might shift at any moment and choose to stand on it anyway? What if we let ourselves believe–truly believe–that it’s all going to be okay?
Whether you’re reading poolside at a resort, towel-bound at the nearest beach, or from the comfort of your own bed, Sarah and Katie have summer book picks that fit any of the above. Though very different, our selections both move quickly and can be picked up and put down easily! Happy Summer Reading!