Lazy Days of Summer

written by Judy Young

It is always lots of fun
To play a game, to skip to run.
So grab a friend, go out and play,
Enjoy this lazy summer day!

From earliest times, “playing” has been part of the human experience and many of today’s familiar games have been played for centuries. Lazy Days of Summer explores long-loved games and activities with fun poems, lively illustrations, interesting historical facts, simple rules and fun variations. Young readers and their friends and families are invited to leave the techno-driven world for a little while and “get outside and play!”


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ISBN: 978-1-58536-241-7 Category:

Written by Judy Young
Illustrated by Kathy O’Malley

Published by Sleeping Bear Press, 2007

Hard Cover, 32 pp.


Karyn M. Peterson, Playthings Magazine: “Young’s lively language and the bright yet dreamy illustrations by Kathy O’Malley evoke summer days filled with outdoor fun from dawn until dusk…a charming read-aloud for today’s kids.”

Catholic Library World Journal Review: “Summer the way it should be—enjoying the outdoors and having fun. The Lazy Days of Summer captures the magic of childhood games. Wonderful full-color illustrations with the long shadows characteristic of a summer evening invite the reader into a child’s day of outdoor exercise. What a great way to end the school year in the library! Coordinate a lesson with the physical education teacher and create handouts or bookmarks with game suggestions and rules for the students. With today’s sedentary lifestyles, children need to be reminded of the fun they can have just playing outside and getting the exercise they need. It actually makes a great children’s birthday or other party planner with little or no expense.”