Summertime is the perfect time to read with your kids. With more downtime, you can take the opportunity to introduce new books and make it a fun experience for everyone. Research shows that by the end of summer kids fall behind in their reading skills, which is why it's so important to keep your children reading. Whatever their age and cognitive level they are, don't let them lose hard earned skills. A trip to the library or bookstore is always a good way to get them in the mood. With only a month left until the school begins, here are some kid-approved books to add to your library.
Indie, age 3 current favorites are the Llama Llama books and Leslie Patricelli books because of the repetitive language and the exaggerated and hilarious expressions on the characters' faces. We also have "The Potty" book on nightly repeat hoping she will get motivated to potty train from the cute underpants pictures on the last page!
Charlotte, age 3.5, loves to learn new words for all the animals and things in the Usborne books. Mo Willems pigeon series, Knuffle Bunny, and The Book With No Pictures are always in rotation. Babar's Book of Colors is Charlotte's other favorite book because it makes her think about what she can create with color and has taught her the concept of mixing colors to create new ones. I love it because it spurs another activity after reading.
Logan age 4, loves all of the Mo Willems and Oliver Jeffers books, the Pete the Cat series because he has two cats, and lately he really loves anything interactive like Paw Patrol's Jungle Search and Rescue, which he thinks is awesome because it has a photo telescope you turn to look for pics of things they talk about in the book. He has another similar-style one for Little Einsteins where they travel to all of the planets and you scroll through a dial of images you can put your eye up to that goes along with the story. He especially loves The Pigeon Needs a Bath because, “The pigeon makes me laugh, " Logan says. " He’s smelly (the flies even tell him, “P.U. Take a bath, dude!”), but he doesn’t want to take a bath, like me sometimes before bed. But when he finally gets in the bath, he loves it just like I do. I guess I’m a lot like the pigeon, but I’m not a bird.” Logan also likes Press Here because the book is interactive, it gives you the directions and you do what it says.
Harper, age 5 and Poppy, age 3 love reading the Fancy Nancy books together. Not only do the stories speak to their inner princess but they love to dress up and act out the parts for a extra fun role play activity.
Mia Rose, age 5 1/2, loves Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls "This book is inspiring, it makes me feel I can do anything I want in my life," says Mia. "I also learned a lot about the lives of powerful women and girls, some of them started doing great things when they were very young, like big girls in middle school. I am a rebel girl too."
Wolf, age 5 3/4, Ellie, age 6, and William, age 6: All love Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. Kids fall in love this series in Kindergarten when they are learning to read. The books are super funny and the characters are very expressive. This book contains the sight words they learn in school, so they are super proud when they are able to read them on their own and to anyone who will listen!
Theo, age 7: When Theo becomes interested in a particular character or set of characters in a book, he wants to read the entire series. He has many favorites, but the Frog and Toad series is definitely at the top of the list. I initially bought a set of Frog and Toad books because I remembered loving these stories as a child. As Theo became drawn to the characters and we spent more time reading together, I realized how many important social lessons can be taught through these stories. Frog and Toad are best friends, but very different - pretty much opposites. We don't just read the story on the pages. We also talk about friendship, differences and similarities, emotions, likes and dislikes, and more. Also, we use his love of reading as a way to increase social communication, rather than allowing him to be isolated with a book. For example, we read the Piggie and Gerald series out loud with expression. Both of us play a character, all of the dialogue is in speech bubbles, plus yelling is in big letters and quiet talking is in smaller letters. It makes the experience of reading and enjoying the book mutual, rather than solo.
Which books do your kids love? Please share in the comments below!