Parents should remember that children need free time in the
summer to relax and enjoy the pleasures of childhood. So, summer reading should
Here are a few ideas to make reading enjoyable for your PreK children:
- Read aloud with your child daily. Make it fun by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Also, let your children read to you. For younger children, point out the relationship between words and sounds.
- Be a good example! Parents must be willing to model behavior for their children. Keep lots of reading material around the house. Turn off the TV and have each person read his or her book, including mom and dad.
- Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it. This is the way to develop habits of the mind and build capacity for thought and insight.
- Buy books on tape, especially if you have a child with a learning disability. Listen to them in the car or turn off the TV and have the family listen to them together.
- Take your children to the library regularly. Most libraries sponsor summer reading clubs with easy-to-reach goals for preschool and school-age children. Check the library calendar for special summer reading activities and events. Libraries also provide age appropriate lists for summer reading.
The following list are great books to share with your children this summer. These goodies will make reading not only fun but a wonderful learning experience too!
Agapanthus Hum and Major Bark
by Jennifer Plecas
Book Description: When she loses a tooth, Agapanthus discovers that she can make an angel hoot by blowing through the hole in her smile.
by Barbara Samuels
Book Description: When Dolores enters her cat, Duncan, in a Meow Munchies Cat Food contest, she's certain Duncan is so good-looking, smart, and talented that he'll win first prize. When a cat named Fifi wins instead, Dolores must rise to the occasion...and with a little help from Faye, she discovers that winning isn't everything.
Corduroy at the Zoo
by Don Freeman
Book Description: Corduroy and his friends are taking a trip to the zoo. Find the mischievous monkeys playing hide-and-seek in the Jungle Walk or spot the wombats in the Australia exhibit.
Everything to Spend the Night: From A to Z
by Ann Whitford Paul
Book Description: Rollicking rhymes and illustrations packed with funny details reflect this exuberant narrator's delight as she pulls one thing after another out of her overnight bag and invites her grandpa to join in the fun.
Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep: A Yarn About Wool
by Teri Sloat
Book Description: Farmer Brown was shearing sheep, piling up snowy heaps of wool that filled his shed knee-deep. But when the temperature drops, his shivering sheep see all their wool in sacks ? and "BAAA!" they cry. "WE WANT IT BACK!"
How many? How much? (Get Set for Kindergarten series)
by Rosemary Wells
Book Description: Timothy and his kindergarten classmates learn about counting, measuring, money, and other math concepts. Includes activities on directionality, spatial relations, and the days of the week.
Letters and Sounds (Get Set for Kindergarten series)
by Rosemary Wells
Book Description: Timothy and his kindergarten classmates learn about the alphabet, sounds, and rhyming. Includes activities on letter recognition, single and multiple syllable words, and words that start with consonants and vowels.
Minnie and Moo Go to Paris
by Denys Cazet
Book Description: Getting there is half the fun with this pair, and along the way (past an oil derrick they think is the Eiffel Tower), Minnie and Moo pick up a busload of equally adventurous animal friends from nearby Africa World, careen through a car wash they believe is China, and find themselves trading stories under a night sky in what they hope is America.
by Chris Raschka
Book Description: Ring! Yo? gives young readers only one side of the conversation - and asks them to use their imaginations to fill in the other half.
by Anastasia Suen
Book Description: A "Bring Your Pet" birthday party gets out of hand when the pets show more interest in chasing each other than in celebrating.
Keep in mind the ‘eyes that are always watching’. If you’re a voracious reader, there’s a good likelihood your child will become similar reader too! As one of the top rated preschools Jacksonville, T's Learning Centers have so many books for children to choose from. There’s comfort and security as family members read in the same room and those moments turned into memories will last a lifetime!
Happy Summer reading everyone!