Book Choices: Summer Reading for Kids

Happy FRIDAY! I just love the start to the weekend. This week has finally ended (why is it that short work weeks always seem like the longest work weeks??) – AND we are finally in June. I swear, May went by super slowly.

Even though the season of Summer doesn’t officially start until late June, I feel like when we hit June 1st that we are in Summer. We’re definitely already having Summer weather which is nice because winter lasted fifteen million years. 😉 The Summer mindset is really so similar to a weekend mindset. It’s a big break from the ordinary. People take vacations – school’s out!

Cooper is out of school as of Thursday last week, but that doesn’t mean we are taking a break from learning. I want to make sure he is prepared for Kindergarten and doesn’t lose any of the skills he learned while attending PreK 4 this past school year. So, I have lots of learning activities planned, BUT the main thing I wanted to make sure that we do is to dive into some intentional reading.

In May, Cooper’s teacher sent home one of those Scholastic Books packets where you can order books for your child which in turns helps his classroom earn books. It’s a win win – and I knew we needed to replenish our book supply to gear up for summer reading. So, I went through the choices and picked out several books that either I already knew because of some prior research or I knew them because they are just classics and a few I just took a gamble on. 🙂 Overall, I am super pleased with our selection – and I thought I’d share with you guys my choices…just in case you were in the market for some new children’s books for your kiddos.

As I said, I wanted our reading to be intentional. We read at least one book a day – and I really like a lot of the books we already own. However, I wanted to have some books in our arsenal that are teaching important life lessons or are helping them gain understanding of tough topics or are scholastically educational – and then of course there are few purely entertainment ones mixed in.

Life Lessons

What Does It Mean To Be Kind – Rana DiOrio
Even Superheroes Have Bad Days – Shelly Becker
When I Feel Angry – Cornelia Maude Spelman
Happy in our Skin – Fran Manushkin
How Full is your Bucket? For kids – Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer
It’s Okay to Make Mistakes – Todd Parr
David Gets in Trouble – David Shannon
Froggy Goes To School – Jonathan London
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? – Jane Yolen & Marke Teague
Flora’s Very Windy Day – Jeanne Birdsall

Educational –

Winter – Alie Busby
Fall- Alie Busby
Summer- Alie Busby
Spring- Alie Busby
The Tiny Seed – Eric Carie
Big Red Barn – Margaret Wise Brown

Entertainment –

The Night Pirates – Peter Harris
Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Caralyn Buehner & Mark Buehner
Curious George Apple Harvest – H.A. Rey
Dragons Love Tacos – Adam Rubin

Not only are we going to plow through all these books this summer, but I’ve made the commitment to go to our local public library at least once a week to participate in their reading program and check out at least two books each week that we will read. Reading is so important. It is a proven fact that children who read frequently perform better in all other scholastic areas. Also, I’ve just always been an avid reader, and I want my children to have that love for books. 🙂

What about y’all? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What’s your favorite children’s book?