We are having a spell of pretty hot (and more importantly, humid) weather here in Vermont, and spending a little bit of time indoors with a book in the afternoon is turning out to be a pretty pleasant choice as far as activities go. In preparation for the coming days of hot, we decided to make a library stop this morning. Among the books we picked up is Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian, and I am so glad that we did.
For reasons that I cannot quite explain, I totally associate dinosaurs with summer. Maybe because we often make museum trips during summer vacation? It's hard to say, but somehow, a dinosaur book seemed to be a perfect seasonal choice today. Plus, Dinothesaurus is a unique book about dinosaurs which makes it feel like kind of a special find. A collection of poetry, paintings and dinosaur facts, Dinothesaurus has a little something for everyone. Some of the poems are funny, others are factual, but all of them are sure to sound catchy to miniature dinosaur enthusiasts. I particularly like the somewhat abstract artwork; it makes each page interesting to browse as well as to read.
Upon further investigation, I realize that Douglas Florian has written and illustrated a number of thematic poetry books for children. We'll definitely be looking for them at the library on our next trip.
What about you? What sorts of books is your family reading on days when you need to spend a little quiet time indoors?