It is officially summer break at our house!! I love summertime, spending more time outdoors and lots of fun adventures with the kids. Bike rides, snow cones, swimming, bonfires, smores, and so much more. Summertime is the best! All the fun events are great but I also want to keep the kiddos reading even in the summertime. I don’t want them to fall behind in their reading skills. We have also been getting lots of rain in Oklahoma so we have had a few summer days inside so far this year. So I have made a basket of books for the kids full of perfectly summertime books they can enjoy.
Look for these at your local library, many of them are doing summer reading programs right now which are fun to participate in. I have also included links to them on Amazon if you want to add them to your home library.
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Summer Days & Nights by Henry Holt:
On a hot summer day, a little girl finds ways to entertain herself and stay cool. She catches a butterfly, sips lemonade, jumps in a pool, and goes on a picnic. At night, she sees an owl in a tree and a frog in a pond, and hears the leaves rustling. Before long, she’s fast asleep, dreaming about more summer days and summer nights.
Is It Warm Enough for Ice Cream? by DK:
Winter, spring, summer, and fall are each represented by a vibrant outdoor scene revealing seasonal changes, from ponds freezing over, to baby birds leaving their nests for the first time. And with changes in weather come new things to try: it’s windy enough to fly a kite and spin pinwheels; it’s rainy enough to splash in puddles, use an umbrella, and search for worms; it’s snowy enough to build a snowman, go sledding, and drink hot chocolate. But is it warm enough for ice cream? When we reach the bright sun of the summer spread, we hear the answer: Yes it is!
Llama Llama Sand & Sun by Anna Dewdney:
Read along with Llama Llama as he splashes in the waves and plays in the sand in this brand-new touch-and-feel board book! This book is an incredible buy at only $12.99 for 10 interior pages full of interactive elements.
I See Summer by Charles Ghigna:
How to Catch a Mermaid by Adam Wallace:
Lemonade Stand by Dee Smith:
Excerpt from Book: “One sip of lemonade simply won’t do.” “You’ll want to drink up all of this cold summer stew.” “Fresh lemon juice has been mixed with sugar water with care.” “The yellow drink glitters and looks like gold over there.” It is summer in Bee-ville! One bee is celebrating by visiting the lemonade stand and enjoying a sweet drink. Join this Bee as he floats through Bee-ville and expresses his joy for lemonade. This book has a fun rhyming style which is sure to keep children engaged during storytimes and read aloud. This book combines graphic illustration and woodsy photography taken in upstate New York for a unique look and feel.
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Vacation by Stan Berenstain:
Go on a vacation with the Bear family in this classic First Time Book® from Stan and Jan Berenstain. Papa, Mama, Brother, and Sister are heading to the Great Grizzly Mountains for a relaxing vacation. But a messy cabin, noisy animals, a swarm of mosquitos, and a rainstorm just might dampen all of their fun. Includes over 50 bonus stickers!
And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner:
When the days stretch out like a slow yawn, and the cheerful faces of Johnny-jump-ups jump up . . . then it’s time to get ready for summer! From flip-flops and hide-and-seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, from lemonade stands and late bedtimes to swimming in the lake and toasting marshmallows, there’s something for everyone in this bright and buoyant celebration of the sunny season. Tom Brenner’s lovely, lyrical ode to summers spent outdoors will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever counted down the days until school gets out, and Jaime Kim’s jubilant, nostalgia-soaked illustrations leave little doubt that summer is indeed a time unlike any other.
The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing:
Biscuit’s First Beach Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli:
Biscuit is going on his first trip to the beach! He is excited about making sand castles, collecting seashells, and playing in the ocean. Join Biscuit for some fun in the sun!
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