Six summer daytrips for students
Get the kids out of the house and take them on a literary road trip this summer.
(Submitted by Libby Sluder, Mesa Public Schools ESEA improvement specialist)
Longing for a summer family adventure? Take a literary journey through Arizona. Gather a stack of exciting books to share with your child, and you're off!
1. B is for Bearizona! After reading The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach or Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, visit some real bears at this Williams wildlife park.
2. I Am Cornflower: The Story of a White Mountain Apache Girl by Cornflower and The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble are fascinating stories. Explore Native American ruins, such as Tuzigoot in Clarkdale, for a journey back in time.
3. In the Wild West, we love cowboy tales like Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo. For an authentic cowboy experience, head up to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, which offers free admission to children under 17. For a historical trip a little closer to home, take the Light Rail to the Wells Fargo History Museum in Downtown Phoenix, which offers free admission for all ages.
4. Ocean calling? Dive into Pool by Jihyeon Lee, The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan and Swimming, Swimming by Gary Clement, then experience the Sea Life Aquarium in Tempe or visit your nearest community pool.
5. A Walk in the Woods: Into the Field Guide by Emily Laber-Warren will fire up your little scouts for a trip to the forest. Pack a picnic, grab binoculars and travel to Payson or Prescott for the day.
6. Wind up your travels with a Diamondbacks game at Chase Field or a visit to a local batting cage. The books You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! by Jonah Winter and Terry Widener, and Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon are sure to be a hit!
(Photo by Tim Hacker/Mesa Public Schools)