August Monthly Activities

Books to Read!

  • The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
  • Click Clack Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
  • Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw
  • Journey by Aaron Becker
  • Pete's a Pizza by William Steig
  • Press Here by Herve Tullet
  • Quinnie Blue/Dinah Johnson
  • Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
  • Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  • Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


Original artwork by Helen Correll

Around SC

Check out Festivals and Events happening in August around the state.

Read & Rhyme


SC Spotlight

  • Place Names in SC

    South Carolina’s place names have many influences. Without leaving the state, you can travel to Denmark or Bordeaux, ascend to Rock Hill or Mount Pleasant to ask St. Paul or St. George about Goat Island or Clover. Perhaps you’ll be thinking of those fair ladies Hannah, Lydia, or Ruby; the men Elliott, Floyd, and Dale; or our illustrious leaders Jefferson, Jackson, and Clinton. Whether you find yourself in Six Mile or Ninety Six at the Peak or Rocky Bottom, while playing with Buffalo or strolling Southern Shops, you might dream about Liberty, Prosperity, and Lucknow. All of these places are located in South Carolina and they all have a story. Take a few minutes to find out about the place names of your community and share as a family…and you are sure to be welcome in Welcome, SC!

  • Dianne “Dinah” Johnson

    “ One of my favorite quotations is Frederick Douglass’s belief that ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ In my life, reading has made me free to experience the worlds of others through fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and plays. And reading has made me free to become a writer myself. I hope that my words will inspire others the way that Frederick Douglass inspired me.” —Dianne “Dinah” Johnson, South Carolina author of many books including Quinnie Blue

Monthly Activities

Wonderful Websites

  • Inkless Tales - The activities in this colorful website encourage young students to write, draw, explore and more!
  • Finger Plays & Reading Wordless Books - Watch librarians performing songs and action rhymes using finger plays. Be sure to also take a look at the “reading” wordless picture books section.