pen&thimble Picks: Books To Check Out This Summer & Free Color-Your-Own Bookmarks!

Hi! It’s probably not surprising that a woman who sews and runs a business from her home is an introvert. But, to be clear, I totally am. And while I LOVE to be out-and-about more in the summer, one of my ALL-TIME favorite things about summer is…. SUMMER READING!!! As school is letting out around the US and summer is starting, I wanted to share some picture books we are especially excited about right now and share some printable color-your-own bookmarks!

pen&thimble Book Picks

IMG_5051 Our first pick, is Do Doodlebugs Doodle? This book is co-written by a friend of mine and my farm share partner. But that is not why I’m recommending this book. It is TOTALLY DELIGHTFUL! The illustrations are bright and beautiful (and include children of diverse backgrounds which is super important to me). And the book is full of insect facts presented in a super fun way! We can’t get enough! Check it out at your library or grab a copy HERE! Oh and the other co-author of this book is my friend Artemis’ mom! Mom + daughter teamwork! Love it!

IMG_4726 Our second pick is a book written by one of my favorite fabric designers and illustrator, Sarah Jane Wright, and her husband. (There is an unintended theme in our favorite books — families working together!) Lola Dutch is about an imaginative and creative girl! And if you are a fan of fine art or France you will love to point out landmarks and artists while you read! Bonus! The book cover of the hardcopy edition of Lola Dutch is a replica of Lola’s home and includes a paper doll of Lola and her nanny/nurse Bear. So your kids can create their own Lola Dutch adventures after you’ve put the book down!

Screen Shot 2018-06-06 at 2.49.52 PM.pngOur third pick isn’t a single book but a bunch of books read by astronauts taking a break from their work in the International Space Station to read to you! Whaaaat!?!? Yes!!! You can access it through the Story Time From Space website or search for them on YouTube! It’s as amazing as it sounds. We have especially loved Rosie Revere, Engineer read by Astronaut Kate Rubins. I may have cried at the end of this book. And another favorite was The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home read by Astronaut Tim Peake.

Color-Your-Own Bookmarks Freebie

Want to get extra creative with your reading this summer? Check out the recommendations above and download this month’s pen&thimble freebie! I’ve made some color-your-own bookmarks for pen&thimble email subscribers this month! Not a subscriber? No problem. Join here and I’ll send the freebie to you right after you subscribe. Then download the PDF, print the bookmarks on cardstock, cut, color, and use all summer long!

Bonus Bookmark Game: Reading Hunt

My kids made up a fun game that we’ve been playing for a few days now. After they color their bookmarks, they hide them in the pages of a stack of books we plan to read that day. As I read the books aloud, we giggle and shriek as their bookmarks are revealed in the pages! It’s like an Easter egg hunt only the kids do the hiding and the bookmarks don’t stink up the place if you miss one!

Have a wonderful book-filled and adventure-filled summer!

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