Summer Reading

Grades PreK-4

Summer is a time for fun and adventure. Below is a list of books that you can read with your child to help keep that fun and adventurous summer spirit alive between the pages of a book.

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee

Grades: PreK-2

Best friends, James and Eamon, have the best week ever spending days at Nature Camp and evenings and James' grandparent's house "sitting around".

Photo: http://marlafrazee.com/a-couple-of-boys

Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

Grades: PreK-2

Learn about colors and Spanish at the same time, what fun!

Photo: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/blog/2014/05/01/colorful-crafting-with-green-is-a-chile-pepper/

Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

Grades: PreK-2

Experience the emotive artistic expression of iconic artist Frida Kahlo. Learn a little bit of Spanish along with way.

Photo: http://www.amazon.com/Viva-Frida-Yuyi-Morales/dp/1596436034

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward

Grades: PreK-2

Birds' nests come in all different shapes and sizes. Get a bird's eye view of some of the most cozy places to lay an egg.

Photo: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Mama-Built-a-Little-Nest/Jennifer-Ward/9781442421165

Food Trucks by Mark Todd

Grades: 1-3

Treat your senses to a world of flavor in this imaginative book of savory prose.

Photo: http://www.amazon.com/Food-Trucks-Mark-Todd/dp/0544157842

Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine by Gloria Whelan

Grades: 1-3

All Queen Victoria wants is to swim in the ocean, but how can she do that without letting her subjects see her ankles? Enter Prince Albert and his inventive creation, the bathing machine.

Photo: http://wellreadsleepyhead.blogspot.com/2014/06/queen-victorias-bathing-machine-by.html

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

Grades: 1-3

Read all the instructions! They could save your life. Peter and Judy spend an afternoon playing, what they think to be an ordinary, board game.

Photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CM_jumanji.jpg

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Grades: 2-4

Frog and Toad are best friends and know what it means to be a good friend.

Photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frog_and_Toad

Handle With Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey by Loree Griffin Burns

Grades: 2-4

Follow a Blue Morpho Butterfly's incredible journey to adulthood from a tropical forest farm in Costa Rica to a museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

Photo: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/handle-with-care-loree-griffin-burns/1117684861?ean=9780761393429

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Grades: 2-4

Cece has lost her hearing and turns to El Deafo to help her through the tough and trying times.

Photo: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20701984-el-deafo

Dark Day in the Deep Sea by Mary Pope Osborne

Grades: 2-4

Jack and Annie head out on another adventure. Make sure you've got your bathing suits ready. It's time do take a dive into the ocean!

Photo: http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Tree-House-39-Stepping/dp/0375837329

Try pairing this with Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy.

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

Grades: 2-4

Add this book to the top of your list. Find out how the world famous Thesaurus grew out of the mind of a man who loved to make lists.

Photo: http://smithsonianapa.org/bookdragon/the-right-word-roget-and-his-thesaurus-by-jen-bryant-illustrated-by-melissa-sweet/

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies

Grades: 2-4

Tiny living organisms called microbes can do huge things and so can you!

Photo: http://www.amazon.com/Tiny-Creatures-The-World-Microbes/dp/0763673153