Oh, how excited we are for the month of June to be amongst us. It's the time of year where the days get longer and the nights get shorter, which means more time for play. Plus, we celebrated the first day of summer on June 1st. This month, ASA Books has a fresh list of books and activities for you to add to your list. We hope you enjoy!
ASA Books June Reading List 1. When The Sun Comes Up, by Solonge Robinson, Illustrated By Aquabah Gonney-Buckner 2. I See Summer, by Charles Ghigna 3. From Kernel to Corn, by Robin Nelson 4. Fire Ants In My Pants, By Emery Trax (Chapter Books) 5. Sweet Switcha: The Lemonade Stand, by Caline G. Newton
Sweet Switcha introduces readers to the Russell brothers, four young boys who have an adventure like no other on a sunny, summer day at Gold Rock Beach in Grand Bahama. They not only meet new friends, but they also learn there's no such thing as being "too young" to start a business of their own! You won't want to miss how something as simple as the Sweet Switcha Lemonade Stand transforms the boys from simply being fun-loving brothers on a quest to enjoy an afternoon at the beach to becoming four aspiring entrepreneurs with a new appreciation for the value of money!
ASA Books June Activity List
Make Homemade Ice-cream (1)
1¾ cups heavy cream
1¼ cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean split in half lengthwise or
Optional: 2 cups of add-ins – soft brownies, cookies, and blondies work great
PLANT PLANT PLANT (2)
If you missed early planting season in April and May, you still have time. Whether it's you and/or the kids, this is a great time to plant you flower or vegatable garden, in your yard, patio or deck or atop of your counter in the kitchen :).
GROW YOUR GARDEN (3)
Did you know gardening is a wonderful summer activity for kids. Not only do they see how food is grown, they are able to experience, in real time, the life cycle of food, from seed to table.
There are so many lessons to be taught: From math (how deep should our seeds be placed from the surface?) to design (should we plant in rows and if so, how far apart should the plants be?).
Its an all around great activity that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages.
"One benefit of summer is that each day we had more light to read by."
- Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle
Known to many as Freedom Day, Juneteenth is a holiday where we celebrate the emancipation of those who were enslaved in the United States. This month, ASA Books wants you to mark your calendar for Saturday, June 19th and do something, anything, to celebrate this most important day in our history. There will be festivities in cities, counties and towns all across our country. Check your local listing and don't miss out.
If you are in Chicago on Saturday, June 19th, stop on by a wonderful
Juneteenth Neighborhood Block Party on the south side of town. Hosted by Woodlawn Double Dutch, a group of neighbors that have grown into friends over the love of Double Dutch.
Date: Saturday, June 19th
Location: 65th St. Between Woodlawn Ave and Kimbark Ave.
We hope you're able to jump in on the fun!
Book & Puzzle Bundle
When The Sun Comes Up is available in a 60 piece puzzle. Great for kids ages 4-8.
ASA Merch Is On The Way!
Until Next Time,
Happy Reading And Learning
The ASA Books Team