Happy summer solstice! Now that the Scripps National Spelling Bee is done, does this mean that bee season is over? Perhaps for some, but not for others. Summer is a great time to indulge in all sorts of literary and word-oriented pursuits. Just as libraries encourage children to use summer as the perfect time to read, bee programs of all sorts are preparing bees for the summer. Both the North South Foundation and the South Asian Spelling Bee are busy holding qualifying bees for their national bees, both of which will take place in August. And the Spelling Bee of China is holding its own American-based bee, called the North America Spelling Champion Challenge, open to American and Chinese students alike, in July. Students may be studying during the school year, but summer is when a lot of true hard core bee activity takes place.

If poring over word lists until your eyes cross isn’t your idea of fun, then just lay back in a hammock and enjoy a good book. You’ll never know what words you might come across!