Summer in the City

Author Kathleen Wainwright has published her first children’s book, Summer in the City. Welcome to day 5 of her virtual tour! Today Kathleen will be sharing a cute compare and contrast activity that can be used with her book!

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Hi Jenaya! Thank-you for agreeing to host me during my virtual book tour! I love your blog and share it often with friends who are looking for primary activities. I appreciate the opportunity to share my ideas behind the story, Summer in the City.  


If you have been following the blog tour, you know that this book is reminiscent of my childhood. What I love most about this story is that no matter who I share it with, regardless of their age, they all seem to love it the same. My mother, my friends, my students….all of them can pick out something that remind them of their summers. Even better, when I shared this story with my blogging friends, who come from all different parts of the country, they could relate to it too!

Summer in the City’s setting was inspired by the city of Philadelphia; however, some of the things you find in this story can be reflective of any city. One great activity that you can do with your students is to compare and contrast highlighting where you live and comparing it to the setting in the book. I have also created a mini compare/contrast activity guide that is included in the Teacher’s Reading Companion that comes *free with every purchase made on TPT! Find it *free here for a limited time! I have included forms that are unique to the book and some that can be used with any story!

Download HERE! 
Download HERE! 


Summer in the City is a heartwarming picture book based on author Kathleen Wainwright’s childhood growing up in the city. Before there were 24-hour cartoon channels, laptop computers or the internet, what did kids do all day to occupy their time when schools were on break and the days were hot?


Double-dutch, hopscotch, hide and seek…There never seemed to be enough hours in the day for kids to play with siblings and friends, explore their surroundings, or just laugh and giggle. Children and adults can enjoy this timeless story, which captures memories of blissful childhood summers in cities everywhere.

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To purchase the Summer in the City e-book, visit my TPT store here! To order a Summer in the City as a hardback, visit my website! 

Tomorrow, Selina Smith, will be hosting me! Stop by for a free Summer Bio-Poem!

I will also be giving away 10 free, signed copies of Summer in the City at the end of her virtual book tour! Be sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win! For additional giveaways, click here!

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Kathleen Wainwright is a dedicated teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. She received her bachelor’s of Science degree in education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and her master’s in education with a focus in literacy, from West Chester University, in West Chester, PA. Kathleen also teaches literacy courses to aspiring teachers at Temple University and developmental reading courses to incoming freshman at Delaware County Community College. “This story captures a typical summer’s day for me and my friends growing up in the 80’s! Every time I read it I travel back to some of my favorite childhood memories.” Kathleen recently earned National Board Certification in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts (Early and Middle Childhood). She enjoys sharing her personal teaching experiences and educational resources in her blog, The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher (


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    I don't know how I am just stumbling upon your blog now! I thought I had found everyone :) Looking forward to entering your giveaway. The book looks awesome!
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

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