Summer Reading Guest Post

Here is the fabulous Vasilly with another guest post about summer reading.  I’m really enjoying these guest posts and I’d be interested in some more about summer reading, if anyone is interested. 


The last day of school was today and I’m probably more happy about it than the kids. While they will be missing their friends, I won’t be missing getting up early to make breakfast or staying up late to iron clothes. Instead this summer I will be sleeping in and staying up late reading until my heart’s content.

With six of the seven members of my family in school,  summer is a time that we can read as much as we want on any subject without worrying about deadlines, grades, or required reading. Tomorrow we’re taking a trip to the bookstore and here are a few of the books we’re looking forward to reading this summer.

irresponsiblescienceThe Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young Scientists by Sean Connolly. A fellow blogger recommended this for my seven year-old daughter, the family scientist. Filled with experiments that can be made using household items, The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science sounds like it will keep us busy all summer learning about osmosis, the elements, and more.


cloudyCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett. Illustrated by Ron Barrett. During our walk yesterday my youngest, Avi, asked me what it would be like if hamburgers fell from the sky. I haven’t read this book to him yet, so I wondered if he saw a  commercial for the movie. Either way, he will be going home with this book. 

greekThe McElderry Book of Greek Myths. My kids hate fairy tales so I know I’m going to have to inch our way into this book. With twelve stories inside ranging from the tale of Prometheus to Medusa, I think it might be just the book to make the myths more accessible to my kids.



satchelSatchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye. I first found out about Leroy “Satchel” Paige while reading Kadir Nelson’s masterpiece, We are the Ship. Satchel was one of the greatest players in baseball history. I’m not a baseball fan but I’ve read some great reviews about this book.



vietnamesePleasures of the Vietnamese Table by Mai Pham. One of the activities my family and I plan on doing this summer is making a family cookbook. One of the girls saw this at the library and decided we would try some of the recipes and add them to our cookbook if we enjoy them. The author, a chef, features some of the most known Vietnamese recipes that are simple and easy to make at home. One of the great things about this book is that I can use it to also teach the kids some geography.

So that’s our list of some of the many books we’re looking forward to reading. What does your list look like?

6 thoughts on “Summer Reading Guest Post

  1. The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science sounds like it could be so much fun 😀 I kinda want to try it myself even though I'm not exactly the target age group, lol.

    And I'm a little sad your kids don't like fairy tales, but to each their own 😛 Greek myths are awesome too!

    Thank you Vasilly and Heather for a great post!

  2. Great list! Irresponsible Science sounds like something Rocketboy would like, so I'll have to see if the library has it.

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is one of my fave picture books EVER. I had no idea it was being made into a movie. I'll have to go trailer-hunting and check that out.

    And I have to admit…I cringed a little bit when you said your kids don't like fairytales! Oh my! Hopefully they'll enjoy the myths more.

  3. What a great variety of books. When my kids were younger, we did a lot of reading over the summers and I always tried to work in different kinds of things. It's a chance to really explore these other kinds of things beyond just that particular book.

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