Summer Reading in Style
Get ready for a summer full of reading fun! This summer we’re bringing the world to you with the “One World, Many Stories” theme. In fact, we are so sure you’ll love what we have to offer—and we have offerings for babies, children, teenagers, and adults—that we are going to give you a free book this summer just for reading!
OK, so everyone who reads and completes the children’s Summer Library Program (SLP) gets a free book, but we know you’ll love coming to the library this summer and taking part in all of our programs, performers, and activities. Best of all, everything we offer is free: you are free to read, free to check out, free to participate, and free to have fun all summer long! (And yes, we are air conditioned!)
The illustrator who has offered his colorful drawings and inspiring art for the multicultural summer theme is Rafael Lopez, an artist born in Mexico and currently living and working in San Diego, California. If you are not familiar with this artist, you are missing out on an entire rainbow of amazing colors, scores of whimsical animals, and pages of delightfully inviting illustrations.
Mr. Lopez has illustrated the following picture books:
- My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz, by Monica Brown (available through Search Ohio)
- Yum! Mmmm! Que Rico!: Americas’ Sproutings, by Pat Mora
- Book Fiesta: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day, by Pat Mora
- Our California, by Pam Munoz Ryan
- The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred, by Samantha R. Vamos
- Tito Puente, Mambo King, by Monica Brown (forthcoming in 2013)
Whether you read at home or at the library this summer, be sure to join us for our Summer Library Program to get caught reading (and get caught having fun!) and earn your free book!
Other Links to Explore
Rafael Lopez Books
Rafael Lopez on Stirring the Pot of Color
Rafael Lopez—Audio Excerpts
Collaborative Summer Library Program
Check Out These AWESOME New Tunes for Summer!
Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes: Little & Big Animal Folk Songs by Pete Seeger
Everybody Wants To Be A Cat by Disney Records
Here Come the 123s by They Might Be Giants (CD & DVD)
Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants (CD & DVD)
I Love Toy Trains: The Music! by James Coffey
Literacy in Motion by The Learning Station
Radio Wayne by Wayne Brady
Tiny Cool by Princess Katie & Racer Steve
How about some GREAT READS to jump start your summer reading?
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (2011 Newbery Award Winner)
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead (2011 Caldecott Award Winner)
See YOU at the Library this Summer!