In 1809 John Roscoe published The Butterfly’s Birthday which included the following advice (still good today):
Beautiful summer days are meant for pleasure.
And picnics with friends.
Our New Friends by Joe Max Emminger
You never know who will show up.
Sylvester by William Steig
Don’t bring too much to a picnic.
On Market Street: words by Arnold Lobel and pictures by Anita Lobel 1981
It helps to have a picnic basket.
August Picnic by Julie Paschkis
If you bring raspberry tarts, make sure there are enough for everyone.
Raspberries by Jay O’Callahan, illustrated by WIll Moses 2009
Sometimes I am too lazy to make elaborate food for a picnic. Watermelon with lime juice squeezed on it is delicious and takes no effort.
Sometimes you don’t need food at all.
A bonfire is the best way to end a summer evening.
Orlando the Marmalade Cat by Kathleen Hale 1938
I hope you are having fun summer days filled with excursions and picnics. If you have ideas for the perfect food or book to bring on a picnic, please comment.
She Sells Sea Shells, Seymour Chwast 2008