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A new month means a new book basket. Every month I put together a basket of books that my children are invited to read. The books are not assigned, but are merely themed suggestions that they are welcome to pick up and read any time the mood strikes. The weather is still pretty rainy in Washington, so they do choose to read pretty frequently.
This May book basket contains books about May topics. Many of these subjects are relatable to almost everyone in America, but I did include a topic that might only fit my family. Use this list as a guide, but do not be afraid to personalize your book basket.
May Book Basket
Mother’s Day is May 13th this year (2018) and Hannah is already talking about it. She is a sweet child that really enjoys making things for other people. Mother’s Day is a May book basket staple topic.
The Night Before Mother’s Day by Natasha Wing and Amy Wummer
The Mother’s Day Mice by Eve Bunting and Jan Brett
Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
We are going on our first family camping trip this month. My kids have camped in a luxury trailer with their grandparents every summer for the past few years, but this year we are changing it up and are going to try camping in a rustic cabin. I’m not generally a fan of the outdoors, so this should be an interesting experience.
Flat Stanley Goes Camping by Jeff Brown and Macky Pamintuan
Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse by Tamara Will Wissinger and Matthew Cordell
The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks by Barb Rosenstock and Mordicai Gerstein
Cool Backyard Camping: Great Things To Do in the Great Outdoors by Alex Kuskowski
Kids Camp!: Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness by Laurie Carlson and Judith Dammel
Memorial Day is about more than backyard barbecues. Paul was in the military years ago, but Hannah was so young she has no memories of that time. These books will remind my children of the real purpose of the holiday.
Memorial Day by Jacqueline S. Cotton
Let’s Celebrate Memorial Day by Barbara duRobertis
Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Golding
Cinco de Mayo
We learned about the history of Cinco de Mayo in Story of the World volume 3 and now we can read a few more stories about this holiday.
Cinco de Mayo by Mary Dodson Wade
Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating the Traditions of Mexico by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
More Mexican Everyday: Simple, Seasonal, Celebratory by Rick Bayless – A cookbook might seem like an odd choice for a monthly book basket, but I think it fits perfectly. I want my kids to know how to cook well before they graduate high school so they might as well start learning now. Mexican food is a family favorite so this cookbook might inspire Hannah and Ben to pick out a new recipe and start cooking.
What are you reading in May?
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