Summer is here and teachers in every school district have provided a required reading list for the summer to keep students interested in reading and maintaining skills learned during the school year. Even our youngest readers who have completed a year in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten have been provided with a required reading list for the summer. A great site for accessing a complete summer reading list is the site located at http://www.haisin.org/recommendedreadinglists.htm. All of the books in this complete list will be found on all districts’ required reading for the summer. The site is organized by age levels.
Changing the scenery for summer reading will motivate your child to read. Take favorite books outside for reading under a tree, or take a favorite book to the park.
Check out the books in the review list that is included in this article for three great books for your youngest readers. The books in this beginning list are part of the larger list found on the website mentioned in this review. These three books will maintain alphabet and counting skills learned during the school year, and keep reading skills alive during the summer. They are sure to be on your child’s teacher’s required reading for the summer months.
Happy reading for the summer!
Unique ABC book
“Z Is For Moose” by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky is not your typical alphabet book for young children. Your children will laugh their way through this ABC book while reading about Moose’s attempt to be on every page even though Moose begins with M. The alphabet is all mixed up because he tries to appear on every page. Zebra, the organizer for the characters for each alphabet letter finally solves the problem by placing Moose on the Z page as Z is for Zebra’s friend Moose. This alphabet book is recommended for ages 3-7 and was published by HarperCollins Publishers.
Tails in the critter world
“What Do You Do With a Tail Like This” by Steve Jenkins and creative collage illustrations by Robin Page will provide an interactive reading experience with its guessing game format. This book for ages 4-8 is unique in that it meets the new requirements for The Common Core school standards. it is also a 2004 Caldecott winner for children’s books. Preschoolers and kindergartners can practice skills such as identifying similarities and differences and have fun with the surprise information about animals and their tails. This book was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
“Ten Little Caterpillars” is a great book from the required reading list for summer. Favorite authors Bill Martin, Jr. and Lois Ehlert have teamed up to write a fun book for counting and learning about caterpillars that turn into beautiful butterflies. This is a fun book to take outside for summer reading. Each caterpillar presented in the book will provide an opportunity for children to go on a hunt for the butterflies because each caterpillar represents a different species of butterfly. Ehlert’s watercolor illustrations are beautiful. Children will also enjoy hunting for each kind of flower that provide food for the butterflies from this book. This book is recommended for ages 4-8, and was published by Beach Lane Books.