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Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

Pools are cool and skates are still great, but so is summer reading!   Now is the time to really get your children interested in sitting in the shade on a towel, chair or blanket and letting them dive into a basket of books!

Babies and toddlers love to hold, touch and look at books as well as listen to wonderful stories.  Preschoolers can be pretty independent and specific about their book choices; good!  The more choices you provide the more they learn to find their likes and interests.  School agers should put down their hand-held devices, get away from the computer and hold a book in one hand and a smoothie in the other.

Here is a summer reading list for young children:

  • Where the Wild Things Are (and other titles) by Maurice Sendak
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? (and other titles) by Eric Carle
  • When I Grow Up by Caleb Burroughs
  • I Love You as Much… by Laura Krause
  • Busy Lizzie by Holly Berry
  • Fairies; A Celebration of the Seasons by Beverly Masson
  • Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes (series)by Eric Litwin
  • Copy Me, Copy Cub by Richard Edwards
  • Get Ready, Baby by Margaret Miller
  • Corduroy (series) by Don Freeman
  • Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  • Green Eggs & Ham (and other titles) by Dr. Seuss
  • David Goes to School by David Shannon
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Down by the Cool of the Pond by Tony Mitton
  • Peter’s Chair(and other titles) by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Llama, Llama Red Pajama (series) by Anna Dewdney     

Great reading resources are libraries, schools, bookstores and other parents!  Try www.earlylearningcommunity.org for a free support of recommended titles and reading games.

There is no question that reading is critical to growth and development.  It is essential for success in school and life.  Read recommended titles but don’t be a reading “snob.”  If your children are interested – so are you; there are lots of superhero & princess books that draw little hands and minds to them!  Read in front of your children, for your children and with your children. Start reading with your children as infants and invite grown children into your book club!  They will do what you do.

“Read us a story, Peter Pan!” Wendy and John Darling

-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

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