This is one of my favorite times of the year, when we launch our Classic 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 I’m so excited that registration for 2021 DoSayGive’s Classic Children’s Summer Book Club is now officially open and we’ve got a discount for you if you sign up today!
I’m always surprised at how popular this little book club of ours is year after year. It tells me that parents and grandparents are looking for new ways to introduce their children to beautiful children’s literature, and to instill a love of reading at an early age.
This year, it was really important to me to make the Summer Book Club accessible to more families. So we simplified the format and reduced the price to just $24 for the whole summer! I’m so excited about this and my hope is that as many families as possible are able to enjoy an enriching summer.
And, for the first 48 hours, we’re offering $5 off to DoSayGive readers. Use the code FIVEOFF to sign up for the book club for just $19! Click here to register. Code expires Tuesday at midnight!
What’s different about this year’s club?
The 2021 Summer Book Club provides the same high quality book list and activities you’ve come to expect but this year members will get everything upfront — which makes it easier than ever to get the books ahead of time — and we’ve included activities that are fun for all ages. We’ll also send out a weekly newsletter filled with additional information on authors and books, plus encouragement, inspiration, and details on virtual field trips.
This year’s theme is Away We Go, and every week is filled with books that encourage adventure and exploration. Here’s a peek at the weekly themes:
Week 1: A Trip to Pick and Plant
Week 2: A Trip by Train
Week 3: A Trip to the Seashore
Week 4: A Trip through American History
Week 5: A Trip to Europe
Week 6: A Visit to Your Imagination
Our activities are tailored to the weekly theme — and I’m sure you can imagine all the fun you’ll have! Each week’s activities include:
- 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
I hope that these books and activities will give you some structure for those long, hot summer days, whether you choose to do all the activities or just one a week.
That’s the best part about the book club: You can do as much or as little as you like! Whatever works best for your family.
The 2021 Summer Book Club officially starts June 6! As soon as you register, you’ll receive our 2021 Book & Activity Guide with everything included for the whole summer. That way, you can start gathering your books and any craft supplies, as well as plan outings, ahead of time! You’ll also get access to our private Facebook group and start receiving our weekly newsletter.
While we’re officially kicking things off on June 6, families are welcome to join at any point during the summer! The weekly reading plans and activity guides are yours to keep forever. If you do join after June 6, I’d encourage you to jump in where we are — then go back and do the first weeks once the book club ends.
I answer these question every year, but they’re certainly worth restating.
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 Classic 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 book stores, so we’re excited to spotlight them this summer. We’ve also included some newer books with the same high standards as some of the classics.
Overall, this series will give you a solid foundation for choosing better books, whether new or old!
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 family memories (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!
I can’t wait to read with you this summer!