Tip #46: Take a final (or possibly a first) trip to the library before summer ends!
If you haven’t gone to the library yet, don’t let your kids go all summer without at least one visit! Encourage your kids to check out a stack of books for end of summer reading, and challenge them to get through the stack before they return to school. You might also check out a new library that your kids haven’t been to before — perhaps even search with them online for a local library that looks particularly great for kids (i.e., it has an appealing children’s room or is hosting a fun end-of-summer event such as a puppet show or a book carnival). Take a look at Livability.com’s list of the top 10 libraries for children to see if you’ll be near any of these neat libraries this summer!
Tip #47: Take a family excursion that celebrates children’s literature and reading.
A One place that I’ve been wanting to visit with my kids for a long time is Bookworm Gardens, which is a free thematic garden/park that is totally dedicated to children’s literature! Over 60 different books are represented thematically throughout the gardens, with a goal to connect kids to the natural environment, promote environmental science, and celebrate reading and children’s books. If you happen to be near Milwaukee this summer, it looks like it’s worth a trip! Here are some additional kidlit excursions that you might take in the last days of summer:
- Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (Amherst, MA)
- Library of Congress National Book Festival — August 30, 2014 (Washington, D.C.)
- “Madeline in New York” exhibit at the New York Historical Society — Summer 2014 (New York, NY)
- “Maurice Sendak: 50 Years; 50 Works; 50 Reasons” at the Gail Borden Public Library — Summer 2014 (Elgin, IL)
- The Mazza Museum (Findlay, Ohio)
- New York Public Library’s “The ABC of it: Why Children’s Books Matter” — Summer 2014 (New York, NY)
- The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (Abilene, TX)
- The Orange County Children’s Book Festival — September 28, 2014 (Costa Mesa, CA)
- The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles, CA)
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s theme parks (Orando, FL)
- Walk Through Appalachian Children’s Literature at the Museum of East Tennessee History — Summer 2014 (Knoxville, TN)
What destinations have you visited that celebrate kids’ literature and reading? I’d love to add some to this list — especially local places that are less well-known! Please consider wonderful children’s bookstores as well!