To say our family loves books would be an understatement. Books are as essential to us as chocolate (which is why I'm currently sitting at the dentist's office waiting for my children to have their cavities filled). At any given time, you'll find one of us reading, listening to an audiobook, talking or thinking about a book. George has been listening to The Hunger Games trilogy (thanks to Audible), and I just finished reading Love in the Time of Cholera (to myself) and The Indian in the Cupboard (out loud to the kids). The kids have picked up and put down a stack of books this summer, but have yet to find a book they can't put down in favor of swimming or playing with friends. The second volume of Alphabet Glue came at just the right time - it's full of reading suggestions and book related projects to capture and keep their attention. Annie has done it again!
I've already ordered one of the books on Annie's summer reading list (Children of Summer: Henri Fabre's Insects), and put several more on hold at our local library (I think Aidan will especially love The Lighthouse Family series).
The "Detectives" reading list and related projects is right up Aidan's alley. He's currently listening, for the second time, to The Brixton Brothers audiobooks. Annie's instructions for writing in invisible ink would make an excellent birthday card, especially if accompanied by a detective book.
My favorite project in Alphabet Glue Volume Two is the Story Starting Jar. Annie has provided a variety of story starters on little slips of paper (plus a few blank slips for your own story starters). I plan on placing a jar of story starters next to Aidan's bed for our night time story telling, a regular feature of our bed time ritual. Once my eyes get too tired to read another chapter out loud, I close my eyes and open my ears while he tells me stories of his own.
Annie has generously offered to give away five copies of Alphabet Glue Volume Two to readers of A Foothill Home Companion. Leave a comment (and if you're so inclined, a summer reading suggestion for children) for an opportunity to receive a copy. I'll announce the winners on Monday, July 11th. If you can't wait, head over to Annie's blog, Bird and Little Bird, to purchase and download your own copy of Alphabet Glue Volume Two.
Happy summer reading!