Summer Reading

Children’s Day, Book Day is often known as Día, meaning day for our daily commitment to celebrating all our children and to motivating them and their families to be readers, essential in our democracy. As part of their daily commitment, many of our Día partners share resources to promote summer reading to teachers, parents and children:

Summer Reading and Fluency: Tips for Parents, from Reading Rockets.

For teachers, AFT's Share My Lesson offers thousands of lesson plans to support summer reading assignments and reinforce the skills and strategies that students have developed during the school year.

First Book's A Simple Bag of Books Can Help Beat Summer Slide shows that giving kids a chance to choose books that interest them is especially powerful during the summer when they are out of school and at risk for summer slide.

ALSC's 2017 Summer Reading Lists are free downloads that libraries can make available to patrons.

Celebrate Fathers and Grandfathers on Sunday!

Although I didn't really get to know my grandfathers, I've enjoyed writing about grandfathers/abuelos. I had a fabulous dad, though, and treasure the many years we had with him, wonderful memories.
Pat

Illustration by Cecily Lang from Pablo's Tree

Illustration by Cecily Lang from Pablo's Tree

Illustration by Raul Colón from Tomás and the Library Lady

Illustration by Raul Colón from Tomás and the Library Lady

Illustration by Rafael López from Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America's Sproutings

Illustration by Rafael López from Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America's Sproutings

Illustration by Maribel Suarez from Let's Eat ¡A comer!

Illustration by Maribel Suárez from Let's Eat ¡A comer!

June is Audiobook Month

2017 Audiobook Month"A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes", according to the Audio Publishing Association, which celebrates June as Audiobook Month, encouraging readers to listen to great stories. Creative, lively audio productions have been made from four of Pat's books:

June 8: World Oceans Day

"Our Oceans, Our Future" is the theme of the 2017 World Oceans Day, celebrating the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.

From Pat's Author's Note in Water Rolls, Water Rises
"Water fascinates me, perhaps because I’ve spent most of my life in the Southwest desert region of the United States. The sound of rain is welcome music on a dry and thirsty landscape. Creeks and rivers refresh desert dwellers, and lakes--so much water--seem a surprise. Lightning and downpours startle. Snow softens mountains, hills, cactuses, rocks. I’ve also had the good fortune to travel to and savor varied landscapes, cultures, and water features in the United States, and in India, China, Holland, Peru, Finland, Canada, Greece, and Mexico. Oceans always astound me."