#stayhome #readaloud

As the kids & I are headed into our seventh (or is it the eighth?!?) week of quarantine, I've begun to really think about how we are spending our time. I've seen a lot of push to be productive from a lot of people on the internet, from articles to blogs to vlogs to social media statuses... but frankly, my brain is fried. I am exhausted all the time from sifting through the information about this virus, trying to keep up with housework, schoolwork, sibling rivalry, & the general feeling of being isolated & overwhelmed. I know I am not alone.

So we are stepping back. We have pared back our school to bare bones. The kids are playing more. More time outside playing without parents for unfettered imaginative play. More time making arts & crafts. More time making huge messes.

I took a week for myself. I followed my interests. I took some free classes via Storyteller Academy. I picked up a fiction book that I enjoy (tucking away those books about parenting & productivity for a bit). I stopped bingeing Netflix & started devoting tv time to watching YouTube creative tutorials & limited-time free streams of pre-Covid-recorded live theatre.

And I decided that, instead of stressing about building unit studies or giving up entirely & having nightly movie showings before bed, we are bringing back Epic Bedtime Stories. Epic Bedtime Stories are those classics (both old & new) that we read over the span of several consecutive evenings.

When I was a kid, my mom read us bedtime stories for years. Even after we could read on our own, & even when I was spending most of my days reading independently, she still read aloud to us after dinner. I remember I was eleven when the first Harry Potter book hit American bookshelves, & that mom read the book aloud to us while I drew scenes from the story in a sketchbook & my brother built Hogwarts as he imagined it with Legos. Those nights were magical. My kids are not as old as we were then, but they enjoy bedtime stories & have a need to keep their hands busy as they wind down from a long day, too. Considering this, I decided to make a series of coloring sheets to encourage them to color & listen to quality literature.

I have decided to make my coloring pages FREE to download. Click on the photo image to download the coloring page file from Google Drive.

If you need a copy of the book, I have linked to the titles to my UBAM bookshop. The Illustrated Originals series feature the unabridged text of the classics paired with full color illustrations, which my kids love.

I began with two of my favorites:

L.M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables"

and Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women"

I hope that you enjoy these coloring pages! If you choose to, please share on social media with #stayhome #readaloud #folkhauscoloring! 

Have a favorite read-aloud title you want me to illustrate? Let me know in the comments!  If you wish to support me & my art so I can continue making free downloadable goodies, please consider supporting The Folkhaus!


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