EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers

Summer Reading

Posted on: July 11, 2011

Looking for some good books for summer reading?

Infants:  Choose picture books, board books & material books, small (hand-size) books, books to sing.                                         

Suggested titles:

Good Night Moon. Margaret Wise Brown

Baby Day! Nancy E. Wallace

Froggy’s Baby Sister.  Jonathan London

Rock-A-Baby Band. Kate McMullan

We Got My Brother at the Zoo. John Hassett

What’s On My Head? Margaret Miller                         

Toddlers:   Choose bright pictures with little text, repetion of words or predictable story lines, simple stories.  Choose bigger books but easy to hold and manage.  Select books with familiar themes (i.e. animals, vehicles, eating) and real pictures.                                                                                                                                                        

Suggested Titles:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Bill Martin Jr. 

The Everything Book. Denise Fleming 

Rise and Shine. Raffi

Big Fat Hen. Keith Baker

Spot’s First Walk. Eric Hill

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Bill Martin                 

PreK & K:   Choose stories with simple, familiar text, rhyming words and silly word play.  Choose groups of titles by the same author, books that have meaningful themes that will open discussions and reflections (caring for pets, friendships…). Also, look for books with interesting illustrations.                             

Suggested titles:

Mama Cat.  Denise Fleming 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Laura Numeroff

My Visit to the Dinosaurs.  Aliki

The Mitten. Jan Brett

Click Click Moo Cows that Type.  Doreen Cronin

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Mo Willems

School age children typically have book lists from school.  Visit your public library for recommended titles, reading activities and special events held all summer long.

When choosing books for any child keep in mind the child’s developmental age, stage and interests.  Nursery Rhyme Classics and children’s favorite authors; Dr. Seuss, Robert Munsch (Love You Forever…), Ezra Jack Keats (Peter’s Chair…), Don Freeman (Corduroy series), Leo Leoni (Swimmy…) and Jonathan London (The Froggie series) are wonderful books for children.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you know the more places you’ll go.”  

Dr. Seuss


-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director



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