Children’s Book Giveaway: Summer Sun Risin’
February 22, 2011

Summer Sun Risin’, written by W. Nikola-Lisa and illustrated by Don Tate, is a book that I love a little more every time we read it.  And since lately we have been reading it every day, several times a day (ah, toddlerhood), I think that says something.

Nikola-Lisa’s book is written in simple, bouncing rhyme.  It follows a boy through a typical summer day on his family’s farm – beginning with the rooster’s crow at dawn and ending with the entire world asleep after dusk.  Obviously, it also follows the sun – from rising (“tastin’ the sweet, sweet air”) to setting (“yawnin’, ready to nap”).

There are three aspects of this book that I find most appealing.  First of all, Tate’s illustrations feature an African-American family.  Second, the rhyme is irresistibly endearing.  And third, one of the last illustrations features a bedtime story with the boy and - BE STILL MY HEART – the father is the parent pictured reading to the kid.

Summer Sun Risin’ is one of the best children’s books in our library.  If you see it at a bookshop or in your library, I highly suggest you pick it up.  It is a charming read and I cannot imagine anyone finding it disappointing.  The colors are warm, the illustrations are classic, the tone is cheerful, the poetry is fun.  It is wonderful.

What to do: You can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment below or sending me an e-mail answering this: what book did you, as a child, read over and over again?  All you need is an e-mail address.  The giveaway ends Sunday evening at 9 P.M. Pacific Time.  You can leave one entry every day.

To purchase this book: You can buy Summer Sun Risin’ through Amazon.com (that link uses my affiliate code) or locate a local retailer through Indie Bound.org.

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  1. By on February 22, 2011

    I had a book called Daycare Teddy Bear that I loved! It wasn’t a very popular book but it was my favorite. I still have it.
    I’m a preschool teacher and would love to add this book to our library!

  2. By on February 22, 2011

    The Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter. now out of print, but i thankfully still have it so i can pass it on once the little guy is out of the rip-apart-alll-books phase.

    on a side note - just look at how long charlotte’s hair is getting!! it is so beautiful!

  3. By Jennifer W on February 22, 2011

    Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. Love silly poems.

  4. By on February 22, 2011

    I read The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes over and over as a child!  I still love it!

  5. By beyond on February 22, 2011

    the fairy tales. a scarily illustrated little red riding hood in particular.

  6. By on February 22, 2011

    From the time I was around 7 yrs until my dad told me I was old enough to read it on my own, i insisted my dad read my Tom Sawyer before bed every night. My mom just wuld not do because I loved the way my dad made each character sound just right. They weren’t merely words but actual people on thrilling adventures. I loved it.

  7. By on February 22, 2011

    Amelia Bedelia

  8. By on February 22, 2011

    My sister and I read “It’s Saturday” every day of the week. “The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes” was also a favorite.

  9. By on February 22, 2011

    I remember my dad reading Uncle Wiggly stories to us every night before bed.  My sisters and I loved those stories.

  10. By on February 22, 2011

    “The Goat Parade” was totally my favorite.

  11. By on February 22, 2011

    “The Fourteen Bears in Summer & Winter”
    I can still name all the bears without cheating :-)

  12. By on February 22, 2011

    I didn’t get into reading much until about middle school, but for some reason as a little tike I remember reading ‘Ira Sleeps Over” ALL the time by myself.

  13. By dandy on February 22, 2011

    Shel Silverstein and a book called Dear Milli pop into my head.  Oh and when I was really little Diunner Time the pop up book

  14. By Alicia S. on February 23, 2011

    It was a book that I for the life of me cannot remember the title of. It was the first book I ever read on my own and I was telling my husband the other day that I can still see the cover of it perfectly in my head and I’ve looked for it for years, because I’d love to find it for my son. He just turned 3 and for his birthday, his dad picked him out “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein - which was really special because it was my husband’s all time favorite when he was a kid. It was so cool to be able to tell our son that Daddy used to read that same book to all of his brothers and sisters when he was little. :-)

  15. By Julie on February 23, 2011

    My favorite was “Hamilton”, which was about a really fat pig.  I’m sure it’s out of print now.  I can’t even find it on Amazon go link you to it!

  16. By on February 23, 2011

    When I was little, I could never get enough of the book Come Follow Me to the Secret World of Elves and Fairies and Gnomes and Trolls.  Alas, I did not actually own this book, but my closest friend did!  There was a period where every time I visited her, I asked to read this book as soon as I walked in the door.  Not too surprisingly, she started hiding it before my arrival, as she really didn’t want to sit around reading a book the whole time I was visiting!

  17. By Nichole on February 23, 2011

    The Ordinary Princess is what I remember reading over and over again. Still have the ol’ beat book too.

  18. By on February 23, 2011

    no doubt my favorite book to actually READ was The Cat in the Hat. Loved it. read it over and over and over again!

  19. By on February 24, 2011

    Madeline!
    I have the text entirely memorized and have had since forever ...  So I must have read it more than a few times!

  20. By on February 24, 2011

    I have to admit Madeline is a good one & not because it is also my daughter’s name. We do have an aweful lot of Madeline stuff al lover our house.

    I loved Litle House on the Prarie- the book not the show

  21. By on February 25, 2011

    When I was little I had a scratch-&-sniff book called The Sweet Smell of Christmas.  Boy, how I loved that book!  Frankly, the concept is a bit disgusting to me now (I mean, scratch and sniff the scent of Christmas trees, gingerbread cookies, candycanes .... Yuck!).  But who can fully explain the likes and loves of a small child!

  22. By on February 25, 2011

    I loved Nancy Drew as well. when I was 11, my dad bought me the 1st 10 of the series and I read them over and over until I had practically memorized them.

  23. By on February 25, 2011

    I LOVED THE BOBBSEYS TWINS SERIES.

  24. By on February 26, 2011

    I loved the little house on the prairie books.

  25. By on February 26, 2011

    There is a series of early reader books about a character named Pippa Mouse that I absolutely loved as a child!  I read them over and over again.  I just checked on the author’s name - Betty Boegehold.

  26. By on February 26, 2011

    The Cat in the Hat was the best

  27. By on February 27, 2011

    I had a great love of all things related to fairies, so naturally, I loved reading the book “Faeries” by Brian Froud over and over again.  I also liked the companion book “Gnomes” by Will Huygen quite a bit.

  28. By on February 27, 2011

    My parents tell me Horton Hears a Who was my 1st favorite book and the 1st book I insisted they read to me over and over again


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