This is an updated version of a post I wrote for the PBS Parents blog Booklights as part of my "Bookworm Basics" series. The original article appeared in June 2010. Although geared toward parents, teachers and librarians may find these posts valuable for their classroom or as hand-outs to share with parents.
Books are great to share every day, but it is also nice to keep a few books in reserve for those times when you need to jump-start some interest in literacy activities and can't get to the library or bookstore.
This is a stash of books - and it doesn't need to be many - for your Rainy Day bookshelf. These are the perfect response to "I'm bored!" The key is that they aren't available every day ... just those "special" days when the kids can't rip and run.
* These books are essentially anthologies.
* They have lots of content, there is no required order of reading, they are (usually) good for mixed-age audiences.
* Everyone will find at least one thing that tickles their funny bone and/or stumps them.
* Coloring books and learn-to-draw books are always fun, as are books of word games (crossword puzzles, word hunts, and word scrambles).
* These types of books can often be found in a dollar store.
* A quick check at Amazon.com returned nearly 800 craft/project books for kids - 756 of them for kids ages 4 to 12!
* So if you want to find fun in a subject that interests them ... there is probably a book for that!
Some need more unique supplies, so you may want to read carefully through the book to make sure you will have what you need on that rainy day.
Kids can turn the "empty book" into art or story portfolios, reporter's notebooks, lists of their favorite (or least favorite) things, journals ... anything their imagination dreams up.
Do you have any favorite books you like to save for rainy days?
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