As I wait for another presence to come into our home I’ve been getting settled into our new community and that includes checking into our library system. It’s summer and I’m finding books to read to the kids that infuse them with the topics of summertime, the outdoors, life by the water and what animals lie in that water. Our current surroundings are the elements that are guiding my book selections.
I recently checked out the works of Robert Frost which are illustrated for children. Reading his poems makes me want to spend all day walking in the woods, or maybe it transends me into the woods while I read, I’m not completely sure. At any rate I’m finding a lot of inspiration from the books I’m reading to my kids. It’s funny how children’s literature can uplift the adult soul. There is one book that I read and re-read to my kids on a regular basis. It’s sweetly poetic and charmingly illustrated. I love the layers of colour and the images on the pages. It’s a book about the changing of seasons and I found that I can appreciate, even while living in the bitter winters of Wisconsin, the change from fall to winter and I can even appreciate it’s beauty.
This morning I read to the kids about sailing ships in far away places and the nature of adventure and risk for a small child. I’m not saying that reading Barbara Kingslover isn’t inspiring me but there is something special and foundational about the adventures that children have which make me want to play outside, eat a sandwich mixed with sandy bits and breathe the sea air.
Here are a few gems that I’ve found
– Red Sings from Treetops: a year in colors by Joyce Sidman
– Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain by Edward Ardizzone
– The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
– Anything by A.A. Milne
– The Sign of the Seahorse (poems about life under the sea) by Graeme Base
Enjoy the summer sun!