During the summer months when the kids are out of school, there are countless forms of entertainment available. Some entertainment is educational, other gets you active, and some is pure fun. We live in a time where we can be easily ruled by our phones and other digital devices. Taking time out to read a book is a great form of entertainment that has numerous benefits. Reading takes you to another place and time, full of adventure and imagination. A book can teach valuable lessons and increase knowledge. There are many rewards to reading a book, here are just a few:

 

  • Mental Stimulation
  • Stress Relief
  • Education
  • Improves Concentration
  • Vocabulary Expansion

 

There isn’t a human (adult or child), who can’t benefit from reading. To incorporate reading into your summer schedule, host a playdate where an adult reads a book or two, then the kids can “play”. Or how about taking the kids to the park or beach, have a picnic and read a book? When you are setting off for the zoo, take a few minutes and read a book about the zoo. That will stimulate a conversation with your child and the zoo visit will become much more educational. Be sure to check out your local library, they might offer children story time, another great way to get your kids immersed into reading.

 

               

Below is a list of books by age that will make summer reading FUN—ENJOY!

 

0-3

Big and Little: A Story of Opposites

Five Enormous Dinosaurs

Hello, Honeybees

Peek-a-Baby Farm

Ruby & Rufus: Love the Water

Pigs in a Blanket

Who Has Wiggle-Waggle Toes?

 

 

3-6

A New Home

A Piglet Named Mercy

Because

Bird Watch

Cyril and Pat

When the Bees Buzzed Off

The Farmer

Hey, Water!

Sweety

Oink

 

 

6-9

Boom! Bellow! Bleat! Animal Poems for Two or More Voices

Crab Cake

Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon

Good Dog, McTavish

In Focus: Forests

My Happy Year

Ocean Emporium: A Compilation of Creatures

Wild Horse Annie: Friend of the Mustangs

The Magic of Letters

Stubby: A True Story of Friendship

 

9-12

Bat and the End of Everything

Explorer: Plants!

Where Dani Goes, Happy Follows

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer

Pony Camp Diaries: Chloe and Cookie

Polar Bears Survival on the Ice

The Moon

Sweeping up the Heart

 

 

 

 

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