All summer I’ll be sharing books for kids of all ages on topics that will interest them or offer them a new topic to learn about. Most of the time these will be nonfiction books, but sometimes we can learn how to be better people or learn empathy from fictional stories too.
So, I hope you will stay tuned to these posts. They will always have Summer Read-to-Learn in the title and in the tags. It’s so important to prevent that summer slide with our kids, so I hope you can use these books to keep them reading and learning all summer long. See all the posts, HERE.
Explore Your World and Track Your Life with Infographic Activities
By: Lea Redmond
Illustrated by: Andrea Tsurumi
Published: June 7, 2022
Publisher: Chronicle Kids
For the tween or teen in your life who loves to journal, bullet journal, or plan then this is the book for them. If they are into sports, there is a place to log their favorite team’s wins and losses. If they are worried about their mental health, there is a tracking page for daily moods. Maybe they are curious how long a pencil will last if used daily, well they can track that too. Have some friends over to see who can blow the biggest bubble and graph it out. Survey your friends or neighbors for their favorite thing or activity.
I could go on and on with the types of items to log and journal about in this book. Of course, my favorite page is the My Reading Life page where books can be logged. The activities are divided by the time it will take to fill them out…1 hour, 1 week, 1 month, 1 year. I like that every activity is different. Then, if they want to continue logging that particular activity, it can be added to a separate journal.
The book is a paperback, but the paper quality is thicker than normal. I could see crayons, colored pencils, and even markers used on the pages just fine. It’s about a 9-inch square book, so a good size for holding and working in.
This Life Log has lots of ideas for things to track. Some may be interesting and others not so much, obviously it will depend on the person. All of the illustrations are adorable and will encourage lots of creativity and even some self-reflection. I think this would make for a fun summertime activity for siblings or even a whole family. I know I would have loved something like this as a teen!
Lea Redmond’s personal pie chart is 1/4 author, 1/4 artist, 1/4 collector, and 1/4 strawberry rhubarb. With her whole heart, Lea creates books, toys, games, and small adventures that invite humans of all ages to be curious, playful, and kind from Oakland, California. Visit Lea’s world of wonder HERE.
Andrea Tsurumi’s breakdown is 25 percent author, 25 percent illustrator, 25 percent cartoonist, and 25 percent dog parent who lives and draws in Philadelphia. All 100 percent of them made the books Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together and Accident!. They’re also 50 percent of the team that made Sharko And Hippo by Elliott Kalan and the Kondo & Kezumi series by David Goodner. Learn more about Andrea HERE.