Is your family looking for some new reading material this summer? Check out these seasonally appropriate books. These selections come highly recommended by other readers and are sure to delight your children as well.
Reading level: Ages 0 and up
Author: Roger Priddy
Reader review: 3 out of 5 stars
Board Book: 12 pages
Publisher: Priddy Books (May 10, 2011)
Babies will love the visual stimulation of the cold ice cream, the hot sun, and sandy beaches. Accompanied by touch-and-feel textures, this book will quickly become a favorite.
Reading level: Age 2 and up
Author: Gerda Muller
Reader review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Board Book: 10 pages
Publisher: Floris Books (August 1, 2004)
This wordless book, filled with exquisitely detailed illustrations, will inspire creativity and imagination. Once summer is over, grab author Gerda Muller’s Autumn, Winter, and Spring.
Author: Wong Herbert Yee
Reader review: 5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (April 10, 2012)
A little girl spends her summer day catching a butterfly, sipping lemonade, jumping in a pool and going on a picnic. At night, the rustling leaves eventually lull her to sleep. This beautiful book is perfect for story hour or a bedtime tale.
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Author: Alice Low
Illustrator: Roy McKie
Reader review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2001)
Other formats: Kindle Edition, Paperback, Board Book
A boy, a girl and a dog will make perfect summer companions for your beginning reader. Your youngster will delight as the characters share their summer adventures – swimming, fishing, gardening, watching fireworks, and toasting marshmallows.
Author: Mark Teaque
Reader review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Dragonfly Books (July 8, 1997)
This rootin’ tootin’ tall-tale is perfect for young readers. Follow along as Wallace Bleff shares his oral report titled, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” Apparently, Wallace’s trip to visit his aunt turned into quite the wild-west adventure! The rollicking rhymed verse and laughter-inducing illustrations will be a crowd pleaser.
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Author: Rita Williams-Garcia
Reader review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Amistad (December 27, 2011)
Other formats: Kindle Edition and Hardcover
Awards received: Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, Newberry Honor Book, National Book Award Finalist, and Coretta Scott King Book Award
Rita Williams-Garcia, distinguished author of books for children and teens, delivers an emotionally challenging and beautifully written story. This heart breaking yet funny story follows three girls as they travel to Oakland, California. The year, 1968, is one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history. As such, this powerful tale is sure to be a memorable one.
Let these books enhance your children’s summer entertainment!
Guest blogger and first-time dad Logan Clement works in graphic design (for this company). He has always appreciated beautifully illustrated picture books; now that he can enjoy sharing them with his daughter, they have become even more special!