“road school” in her basket

Zoe has become a pro at preparing for road trips. she pulls out her car basket and starts to gather her “road trip” equipment her reading light, her lap desk, her travel blanket and pillow, she puts her pencils in an old tea tin, and asks which books we are bringing. She knows road trips are great opportunities for learning “road school”  as we call it.  I peruse our book shelves with the South West in mind and the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers…my eyes stop at Byrd Baylors “When Clay Sings”. I am such a great fan of this author so decided to grab all the books by her that we own…

The Way to Start a Day She and illustrator Peter Parnall were awarded a Caldecott Honor for The Way to Start a Day in 1979. Written in free verse poetry, it tells how our ancestors, from the cave people to the Native Americans, greeted, praised and were blessed by the dawning of a new day.
Everybody needs a Rock Here is my favorite page from this one
“Everybody needs a rock. I’m sorry for kids who don’t have a rock for a friend. I’m sorry for kids who only have TRICYCLES, BICYCLES, HORSES, ELEPHANTS, GOLDFISH, THREE-ROOM PLAYHOUSES, FIRE ENGINES, WIND-UP DRAGONS, AND THINGS LIKE THAT — if they don’t have a rock for a friend.”
The Other Way to Listen those are illustrated by Peter Parnall- super complimentary!
I’m in Charge of Celebrations Simple author bio: Naturalist Byrd Baylor celebrates her birthday on March 28th. Baylor lives and writes in Arizona, presenting images of the Southwest and an intense connection between the land and the people. Her prose illustrates vividly the value of simplicity, the natural world, and the balance of life within it.

and here is a picture of Byrd- don’t you just want to know her?

It is also a tradition that when we go on “road school” we bring a long the relevant books from the state alphabet series this time, this time

“G is for Grand Canyon:An Arizona Alphabet “ By Barbara Gowan (Author), Katherine Larson (Author)

“E is for Enchantment: A New Mexico Alphabet” by Helen Foster James in the same series

We also grabbed “If you lived with the Hopi” by Anna Kamma as Zoe is particularly interested in continuing her studies on Native Americans.

In preparation we also read a fabulous book from the library called “Mule Train Mail” by Craig Brown about  some remote pockets of Arizona, the postman wears a cowboy hat and leads a mule train through the Grand Canyon!

As always we gathered books on tape from the library, luckily our local library has a great selection. I am also a member of audible.com we used up all my credits and got stocked up with

– Heidi by Johanna Spyri

– The Birch Bark House by Louise Erdrich

– Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley

-Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke

She also packed a book she got on her birthday  Pull the other one:String Games and Stories by Michael Taylor as well as the skipping rope she made at the Hartsbrook Fair last week. Her teacher Kate also gave her a Mandala Coloring book and a lower case kumon letter book for her activity basket. I also made her plenty of blank books (as thanks to her friends  Lily and Naomi she has super been into making books) and I gifted her a small sticker book full of American Girl stickers as a special treat.

As always I made her a travel journal with places for photos, and drawings and facts about the places we’ll be passing through coloring pages. This time there were lots on Navajo Weaving and blankets, and dream catchers thanks to some great Dover books. (more on her journal later)

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