I love how my library system runs it’s Summer Reading Program. Children aren’t required to keep track of the amount of time they read or the number of books they read throughout the summer. It’s a low stress program to make reading and visiting the library fun. Children are rewarded for visiting the library and telling us about favorite books. Each child receives a sturdy plastic bag and a reading log. On one side of the reading log is a place to write favorite books read over the summer. The other side has a maze featuring our library mascot. Children receive stickers for their maze when they tell us about their favorite books, bring their bag to carry books home and attend programs. If they check out books, they get what we call a “Weekly Wow.” Something different and special every week. Bubbles, bookmarks, tattoos. . . you get the idea.
Last week, a girl around ML’s age told me about a book she loved. It was a graphic novel about a cat named Mr. Pants. It sounded great so I immediately found the first book in the series when she left, Mr Pants: It’s Go Time by Scott McCormick and illustrated by R. H. Lazzell. Even though ML tells me weekly, “I don’t like comic books.” I’ve come to realize it’s not graphic novels she doesn’t like, it’s superhero graphic novels. She devoured El Deafo by Cece Bell a few weeks ago. So I knew she’d enjoy Mr. Pants. I read a bit of the first book to her before bedtime. She asked if she could take it to bed and finished it before she went to sleep. Then, I finished it the next morning. We were both eager for the next book in the series. I did something I rarely do on a day off. We visited our local library. Sadly, the next Mr. Pants book wasn’t on the shelf. Luckily, I found the other two this morning at my library.
Our semi-annual trip to visit ML’s cousins is coming soon. We always take books. Luckily, our local bookstore had a copy of Mr. Pants: It’s Go Time. ML’s with her dad this week. It’s going to be really hard for me to hold out reading the next two titles in the Mr. Pants series without her. The only way to resist this temptation is to put them back on the shelf. They won’t stay there long. I’m certain to throw them in the hands within the first hour I work tomorrow.
PS: If you happen to order books for my library system, a new Mr. Pants book was released June, 7th. Mr Pants: Camping Catastrophe. I only mention this because I know children are eager for another Mr. Pants book. It has nothing to do with me wanting to read it.