This is one of my favorite times of the year, when we launch our Children’s Summer Book Club! What started as a fun idea has grown into an incredible, enriching, encouraging community of families across the country who are looking for intentional ways to connect with their children during the summer and instill a love of reading. And I’m so excited that registration for the 2023 DoSayGive Children’s Summer Book Club is now officially open.
I’m always surprised at how popular this little book club of ours is year after year. It tells me that parents, grandparents, and caregivers are looking for new ways to cultivate curiosity in their children, instill a love of reading at an early age, and make meaningful memories with their families. All centered around wonderful children’s literature!
We’ve curated a list of books and coordinating activities the whole family will love and for the price of a trip to Chick Fil’A I’m so excited about this and my hope is that as many families as possible are able to enjoy an enriching, memorable summer.
What is unique about this book club?
It’s enriching. The books we’ve selected will broaden your child’s view of the world. Paired with simple coordinating activities, your child will learn history and art, explore nature, and gain a broader perspective. They’ll also grow their vocabulary and language through their exposure to quality text.
It’s relational. Sharing books with your child or grandchild is one of the most important and precious way stop spend your time! You will surely find new books that will become family favorites while also creating special memories among siblings (without spending a lot of money).
It’s fun! Good books spark the imagination of a child. Unstructured play is so important in childhood, too, and I’ve found that when my children have wonderful stories in their heads, their imaginations soar. I hope these books will be the catalysts for many adventures!
Why classic books?
Much like we choose the healthiest foods for our children’s bodies, I believe most parents want to put the best of the best in their children’s minds. Many of the classic books we share in our Children’s Summer Book Club emphasize good, lovely, noble, and virtuous storylines, are full of rich language, and include beautiful illustrations.
Sadly, many of these wonderful books are missing from school libraries and big-box bookstores, so we’re excited to spotlight them this summer. We’ve also included newer books with the same high standards as some of the classics.
We’re truly bringing you the best of children’s books — both classic and new!
How does the book club help parents?
No more scrolling Amazon or the library trying to find wholesome books for your family. We’ve done the work for you to bring you a list of over 80 classic and new books that are the best of the best when it comes to storylines, language, illustrations and more. As soon you as you purchase you can immediately download the pdf book and activity list. We make it easy!
Why do you include activities?
Our simple activities are tailored to the weekly themes and are to give your family easy, screen-free ways to spend time together this summer and help children make connections to the books they are reading. This is merely a suggested list for you to use as needed!
- Outside activities to encourage a love of nature
- Arts and crafts activities to encourage creativity
- Cooking activities for the whole family to enjoy
- Building and construction activities to foster imagination
- Outing ideas to help explore your city
What’s different about this year’s club?
Our book club is even more flexible! There is no official start date so you can hop in anytime or do the list in whatever order you want! That’s the best part about the Book Club: You can do as much or as little as you like! It’s a go-at-your-own-pace club — great for families who plan to travel this summer, have summer camps, or need a break from the hustle and bustle. Take your book list to the beach, do the themed weeks in whatever order you like. It’s truly whatever works best for your family!
Community continues to be a big focus for our Book Club so we’ll continue to have a membership site where members can ask questions start discussions and access great resources when it comes to creating a culture reading of in your family. Our Instagram page is back this year but it is not private – it will be a place of encouragement and ideas throughout the summer, as well as a place to connect with other families!
I can’t wait to read with you this summer!