May 19 – May Ray Day

Happy May Ray Day!

This is a day to get outside and soak in some rays. It’s almost summer, school will be out soon, kids are getting outside more.  Let’s get some sun – but don’t forget the sunblock!

I’m starting with one of my favorite songs to sing to the kids when they were young… You Are My Sunshine! It was made into a board book in 2013 by Caroline Jayne Church.

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I know many of you remember John Denver’s hit Sunshine on my Shoulder. But did you know it was made into a picture book after his death by a very close friend of his, illustrator Christopher Canyon?

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Related to Sun is Shadow. Bear Shadow  written and illustrated by Frank Asch (1988) is a simple and sweet story about Bear who tries all day to get rid of his shadow finally making a deal with Shadow to let him catch a fish without scaring it away. At the end of the day both Bear and Shadow catch a fish.

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