I have always felt that my natural spirituality is firmly tied with nature and I want to be sure to create traditions in our family to deepen my children’s connection to nature as well. We are just starting our journey to discovering how we want to guide our children in finding meaning and purpose in life but one thing I have always been sure of is teaching them to appreciate and celebrate the natural world. June 21 is the Summer Solstice- the longest day of the year, the sun is at it’s highest point and summer is officially beginning. Solstice means the stopping or standing still of the sun and we’re going to spend a few days honoring this star. In addition to just spending a lot of time outside these next few days, I want to try to read some good summer books with my kids and spend a little time working on some sun crafts. Below are some of our favorite books for this time of year.
Books about summer, the sun and the Summer Solstice (affiliate links):
Summer by Gerda Muller: I was skeptical of this one at first. My sister gave it to us and I saw that there were no words and not really much to the story, but my 3 year old LOVES to talk about what they’re doing. It’s a great book to get kids talking about summer activities.
Carl’s Summer Vacation by Alexandra Day: Another book with very few words but encourages lots of summer discussion. We are in love with all the Good Dog, Carl stories. The girl and her dog have adventures while mom things they’re sleeping. While I don’t love the idea of doing things without mom knowing, I let it slide because I love Carl 🙂
The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer: This one is definitely advanced for my almost three-year-old. I, however, have learned a lot about how other cultures celebrate the solstice. It gives us an opportunity to introduce the idea that other people sometimes celebrate things differently.