Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The No Stress Summer Reading Picture Book Challenge

(My goal this summer-to be as relaxed as Baby GreenBean when reading picture books!) 

In the public library world, Summer Reading is the busiest time. My library has been gearing up for this year's Summer Reading Program since October. The questions have started coming in from families about when the program starts (May 24th!) and my staff and I have started our visits to our schools to promote the Summer Reading Program and tell kids what's coming at the library. Summer Reading is a lot of fun, but it's also a lot of work! We have programs every week and we see more patrons on a daily basis than we do during the school year (and there's no quieter nap time lull!). This year we are expanding our storytimes to have eight storytimes a week, plus outreach storytimes, plus a weekly tween program, plus a weekly young school age program, plus our weekly Summer Reading performers, plus our weekend programming! PHEW! It made me tired just writing all our programs on the calendar!

So this Summer I'm proposing a challenge to myself and I'm inviting others to join with me. Instead of stressing about reading and blogging, I'm going to try and have a no stress summer. I have a big stack of picture books I want to review on the blog and another big stack that I want to read, plus all new picture books we'll get at the library this summer. So I'm going to read and blog about picture books as much as I can this summer in June and July. I'll still read middle grade and YA and blog about them when I can, but I'm telling myself it's okay to take a break from those books if I need to and read picture books all summer!

Let's relax this summer, tell ourselves it's okay to read light, and have some fun!


  1. A picture book summer sounds lovely!

  2. Love it! My teen librarian and I have a mantra for summer: "All that matters is that children are reading." :D

    1. Yes! We have that same mantra! We're excited kids are reading. Kids are visiting the library! (And maybe a countdown of how many weeks of programming are left! :)

  3. I'd love to join in, from Cork Ireland

  4. I can't wait to read about what you find. My son is dyslexic so I am always looking for picture books that are age appropriate in terms of content but slightly easier to read. ~sheri


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