Oh the Sights and the Sounds of a Summer Night!

Summer Nightsummer backyard family reunion kids on mattress

Oh the sights and the sounds of a summer night!
When the long, hot day finally gives up its light.
And the star-bright sky seems close enough to touch.
Is there any other time that I love this much?

Somewhere in the dark, high above the trees,
A hoot owl flies on nights like these.
And the chirp of the katydids hiding in the lawn
Will sing me to sleep until the dawn.

I wish I could stay outside all night,
With the sky for my cover and the stars for my light.
But I think of my room and my cool, fresh bed
And I know that I’ll sleep inside, instead.

With a flashlight helping us to see,
Daddy walks up to the house with me,
Where the moths crowd around the back porch light.
It’s time for all sleepy things to say, “Good night.”


(from Bedtime Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Quiet Poems for the End of the Day)


The picture I used with this poem comes from a fun blog, Marta Writes.   http://www.martawrites.com/2011/07/family-reunion-backyard-movie-night.html  

I recommend you go there for lots of fun family ideas!

A "Thank You" to My Friends

Thanks to all of you who downloaded my books on my birthday.  It was a wonderful present to me to have so many new readers learn about my books and poems.  Thank you all for sharing! 

Have a great summer, and don't forget Father's Day on June 16.  You can find lots of ideas for fun presents and things to do with Dad at the blogs on my "Family Fun Blogs" page.



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Free Read-Aloud, Read-Along Giveaway for My Birthday!

Birthday Free Giveaway: All Read-Aloud, Read-Along books will be Free all day June 6, 2013 in the Amazon Kindle StoreAll day, June 6, 2013 all Read-Aloud, Read-Along books in the Amazon Kindle Store — including the Mrs. Middlejoy chapter books — are FREE to my readers.

On my birthday, you can download all six of my books as MY BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO YOU.  So, get any that you don’t have, and let all your friends know!

Year-Round Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Celebrating Holidays and Seasons

Bedtime Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Quiet Poems for the End of the Day

Fun Time Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Poems of Work and Play

Familiar Read-Aloud, Read-Along Tales: Classic Bedtime Stories as told by Susan Call Hutchison


Mrs. Middlejoy and the Minister's Cat (A Christmas Story) (The Holiday Adventures of Mrs. Middlejoy)

Mrs. Middlejoy and the Haunted Churchyard (A Halloween Story) (The Holiday Adventures of Mrs. Middlejoy)


Please don’t miss this chance to get all my books at no cost to you. 

Amazon makes it so easy to read any Kindle Book.  When you click to download my books from the Amazon site, you will be asked where you want to have the eBook delivered.  There will be a drop down menu of any Kindles you have  — OR ANY DEVICE that you have loaded a FREE KINDLE APP onto.  You can download a Kindle App for free onto any smartphone, or tablet.  Or you can read directly from your computer with Kindle Cloud Reader, also completely free.


Nothing would give me a happier birthday than to share my writing with as many people as possible.   So thanks to Amazon Kindle, that’s what I am doing this year.


Happy June, and have a wonderful Read-Aloud Summer!


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