Summer Reading: Great Books to Read with Your Child

Posted by Stacey Kley on Jun 16, 2015 10:28:00 PM


Every year in June, young children finish the school year, and are ready to begin their summer vacation, ready for a change from the normal structure of a school day. Children need time to relax during the summer months.  As Jessica Lahey notes in her June 2014 article in the Atlantic, "unscheduled, unsupervised, playtime is one of the most valuable educational opportunities we give our children." 

Summer is also a wonderful time for children to read and listen to stories. Reading aloud to children is precious time spent together and sets children up for success in school and in life.

"Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development."  Reach Out and Readdad-son-reading-300x171

Below is a list of great summer reading books for young children, as well as a list of suggested authors.

Recommended Books for Young Children

  • My Friend Rabbit, by Eric Rohmann
  • Wemberly Worried, by Kevin Henkes
  • Olivia, by Ian Falconer
  • 26 Letters and 99 Cents by Tana Hoban
  • Action Alphabet by Marty Neumeler and Byron Glazer
  • Alphabatics by Suse MacDonald
  • Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner by Amy Schwartz
  • Anno's Alphabet by Mitsumasa Anno
  • Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater
  • Carl books by Alexandra Day
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  • Fairy Tales
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie (series) by Laura Numeroff
  • Is Your Mama a Llama? by Steven Kellogg
  • Little Bear by Elsa Manklin
  • M&M Counting Book by Barbara Barbieri McGrath
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
  • Mother Goose by Tomie dePaola
  • Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young edited by Jack Prelutsky
  • Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews
  • Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Brown
  • Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


Suggested Authors (for more great books!)

  • Jan Brett
  • Norman Bridwell
  • Eric Carle
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Lois Ehlert
  • Mem Fox
  • Gail Gibbons
  • Pat Hutchins
  • Bill Martin
  • Mercer Mayer
  • Bernard Most
  • Robert Munsch
  • Dr. Seuss
  • David Shannon
  • Lee Wade
  • Audrey and Dawn Wood


So set aside time for reading each and every day this summer. The rewards are long term, and your children will thank you later.  And share your favorite books in the comments section below! 

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Topics: Reading