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The Best Children’s Books to Read with your Kids this Summer

The Best Children's Books to Read with your Kids this Summer By Priscilla Villarreal

No matter how old you are, reading is an excellent way to keep the imagination alive and flowing while also strengthening skills like comprehension and vocabulary. With summer here, your children probably have much more free time on their hands. Whether your child isn’t a fan of reading or a huge booklover, book shopping can be overwhelming either way. There are so many options out there! To make it easier, we’ve made a list of 23 of the best children’s books for you and your little ones to read this summer. Read on to get reading!

The new children’s book series, Ninja Life Hacks, was developed to help children learn valuable life skills. Fun, pint-size characters in comedic books easy enough for young readers, yet witty enough for adults.

The Ninja Life and Feelings book series is geared to kids 3-11. Perfect for boys, girls, early readers, primary school students, or toddlers. Excellent resource for counselors, parents, and teachers alike. 

Author: Mary Nhin

This is an entertaining picture book showing all the colors that trees can be! From oaks and willows to larches and Douglas firs, Can a Tree Be Blue? introduces children to common North American trees, their colors, and the ways they change through the year. Plus, the book includes a scavenger hunt for children to use as they take their new knowledge outside and explore their own area.

Author: Audrey Sauble

A celebration of what makes us all unique and special.

From unique traits that make us look or feel a bit different, to different abilities, this book is for everyone! It can help us realize that no matter our abilities, strengths or weaknesses, each of us is precious, rare, and beautiful!

This wonderful book can open dialogue about uniqueness, inclusion, and the hard things that many children are dealing with. It can also help us all learn to be accepting of others who are a bit different and realize just how similar we really are.

This book touches on traits such as hair and eye color, as well as different abilities and even a few illnesses–things such as being wheelchair bound, having autism or ADHD/ADD, limb differences, Vitiligo, cancer, diabetes, Down syndrome, blindness, etc, but does it in such a way that puts the focus on the individual, unique child and will help us all to realize that we are all basically unicorns!

It is a beautifully illustrated children’s book in poetry form that will surely be a treasure for your family.

Author: Melanie Hawkins

One night, Teresa discovers Corky, a furry visitor in her room. Corky is no ordinary monster. In fact, he seems just as scared as Teresa. Teresa soon realizes she must help Corky get home. But how can she when she’s afraid of the dark and Corky is afraid of the light? 

Author: Jennifer Gladen

David makes his way home on Christmas Eve and sees this is no ordinary night. Accompanied by a shimmering star and some tough decisions, David encounters three experiences that will change his view of Christmas forever. Join David on his wondrous journey home.

Author: Jennifer Gladen

Olivia never asked to have a disease like Biliary Atresia. It made her liver sick and only a transplant will make her better. After waiting several months and close to losing hope, she gets the call she’s been waiting for. The journey of her life is about to begin.

Author: Jennifer Gladen

Where do elves go after the busy holiday season? Vacation, of course! But where exactly do they go?Find out in this fun rhyming book as we see some of the places the elves choose? Fun book to be enjoyed before, during, and after the holiday season.

Author: Kim Ann

Should you ever change yourself to please someone else?

What if they didn’t like the color of your skin?

What if they didn’t like how you walked or talked?

What if it would make them like you more?

Are They Really Scary is a sweet and silly book for kids, ages 3-9, that emphasizes the importance of being proud of who you are and standing up for the person you want to be.

Cuddle in with your little ones and share a story about kindness, empathy and understanding.

All kids deserve to be proud of who they are.

Author: Julia Inserro

children's booksFirst Day Jitters! Being BRAVE, KIND, INCLUSIVE and POLITE helps one sweet girl ease into a new environment on her first day of school. Making new friends, along with thanking the teacher for her help, create a day of learning Brooke Lynn will always treasure. Perfect for Early Readers!

Author: Toby A. Williams

Goldilocks, the curious explorer, is a homewrecker no more. She has learned to use the six simple machines, and now leaves the three bears’ home better than she found it. Some tools are too big. Some tools are too small. Goldilocks finds the ones that are just right!

Author:Lois Wickstrom

Silly Animal ABCs combines adorable animals with humor to bring joy to readers of all ages. Each animal features the same sounds for each letter that your child will focus on first in kindergarten and was carefully hand-drawn with colorful pencils and ink on paper. Help your child master the building blocks of reading while creating happy memories with these silly, one-of-a-kind illustrations!

Author: Pilar Marie

It is a beautiful day for milkweed, until Catie the Caterpillar runs into Swift Sparrow. Soon, Catie and her new friend Alexander Ant, must find a way to escape the hungry bird. As Catie faces Swift Sparrow and her own fears, she begins the process of a beautiful transformation. Suggested age range for readers: 4-8

Author:Jennifer Gladen

Kids can get stressed out just like adults do. The first of it’s kind picture book will teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions.

Yoga presented in a child’s language can help counter the stress experienced by little ones living in a hurry-up world. Let them learn the benefits of yoga for themselves in this empowering book.

This book will compliment a collection of titles from authors like Diane Alber (Never Let a Unicorn Scribble), Adam Wallace (How to Catch a Unicorn), and Mariam Gate (Good Morning Yoga) 
! Kids can get stressed out just like adults do. The first of it’s kind picture book will teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions.

Yoga presented in a child’s language can help counter the stress experienced by little ones living in a hurry-up world. Let them learn the benefits of yoga for themselves in this empowering book.

This book will compliment a collection of titles from authors like Diane Alber (Never Let a Unicorn Scribble), Adam Wallace (How to Catch a Unicorn), and Mariam Gate (Good Morning Yoga) 
Author: Mary nhin

Is Milly naughty or nice? Does she get a glimpse of Santa Claus? Silly Milly the Dane is ready for the most willy-nilly holiday ever!! Is she naughty or nice? 

Does Milly get a glimpse of Santa Claus? Lyrical limericks, humorous repetition, and vivid drawings will have both children and adults laughing with delight as this real-life Great Dane spreads holiday cheer with her unique “petitude”. Pet owners will surely recognize her big-dog antics!

Author: Sheri Wall

 

Making a fun wonderful trilogy, Unicorn Jazz, kids favorite musical unicorn is back with friends old and new! EYE SEE YOU: Choosing Kindness is a picture book that teaches kids to be humble, confident, and proud of who they are, an inspiring children’s fable. For the family printables pack go to https://unicornjazz.com/diy-eyeglasses-free-craft-for-kids/

Author: Lisa Caprelli

Princess Jellibean and her best bird pal, Sydney, meet a magical new friend, The Great Miguel. The third book in the Jellibean Adventures series shows that a little magic, when mixed with friendship and fun, is all that’s needed to imagine fantastic possibilities!

 Author: Cindi Handley Goodeaux

Do your kids have too many toys and won’t clean their rooms? The Underground Toy Society helps lost, lonely, and forgotten toys find new homes while inspiring kids to keep their rooms clean! What happens to toys when children don’t play with them? 

Where do toys go when their children grow up? What happens when there are too many toys in one house? Find out when Samantha goes on an exciting underground adventure as she tries to find her best friend after   they were separated.

 Author: Jessica  D. Adams

Come along with The Underground Toy Society characters on a fun journey. Kids will enjoy fun games, mazes, and activities featuring The Underground Toy Society! 

The coloring and writing pages are designed to help kids think about how their toys want to be cleaned up and not all over the floor! The writing prompts are designed to help kids develop kindness and responsibility. 

Author: Jessica D. Adams

The Underground Toy Society helps lost, lonely, and forgotten toys find new homes. Sometimes finding new homes is not easy. When Murry Mole took a wrong turn and dug a tunnel to a toy store, they thought the toy donation bin would be the answer to their problem. 

However, only new toys were allowed in the bin. How will toys find new homes in time for Christmas? On top of it all, while the toys were busy, they somehow lost all the color and some of the pictures inside the book! They need your help to restore the story. 

Help them by adding pictures and color so the toys can find homes in time for Christmas! Then, add in some of your own memories with some fun writing prompts and coloring pages.

 Author: Jessica D. Adams

Janelle’s favorite toy was Beary Bear. Janelle took Beary everywhere. During a family road trip, Janelle was too tired to hold onto Beary, and she dropped him. Beary was scared, and Janelle had a hard time at home without her favorite toy. Will Janelle and Beary be reunited? Find out as Murry Mole digs new tunnels underground to help The Underground Toy Society find Beary.

 Author: Jessica D. Adams

The Purple Grasshopper follows the journey of a quirky grasshopper who struggles with accepting that she is different. She tries to be like the other grasshoppers at first, but quickly learns the power of self-love and that friendship is abundant. Celebrating your uniqueness is not as difficult as it might seem!

Author: Hannah Qizilbash

Pepper Jo is a young, adventurous penguin who ventures out of his cozy igloo to explore the world around him. He uses his five senses to discover on of Mother Nature’s most amazing experiences…..snow!!

Author: Jenna Hinkel

Do you have an anxiety monster that is big, and wild, and likes to visit you? Is there any way to tame him? Can he be a helpful monster that you just might not mind having around? Find out in this delightful new book with practical solutions just for kids that deal with anxiety. 

Your child may also feel empowered by the child in this story as he becomes more confident. While learning new coping strategies to deal with his anxiety, his monster shrinks. He may not be able to make his monster go away completely, but he can learn to tame him! In the back section of this book are some parent helps that can be great conversation starters for children and parents that deal with anxiety. 

Author: Melanie Hawkins

Your child will incorporate the idea of ‘I Can Handle It’ almost immediately after reading this book, even in our current uncertain times. After reading this book, they will have great ideas for how to ‘handle’ tough situations!

  • When they are tired of having to stay home, they will think ‘I can handle it’!
  • When they are missing their friends, they will think ‘I can handle it’!
  • When they are feeling worried about the future, they will think ‘I can handle it’!

Even if they aren’t saying the words out loud, this mantra will become a part of their self-talk. Over 300 5-star reviews say so! Positive self-talk is vital for improving and maintaining strong mental health which is exactly what the world needs right now. Help your child feel emotionally strong along with Sebastien, and provide a tool to help them get through these challenging times. 

Author: Laurie Wright

Do you believe in the magic of fairies?
Of course you do! But did you know that fairies are unable to use magic to fix all of their problems?
Unfortunately, there are some things that magic can’t fix! But with friendship and courage – anything is possible!
Briony Rose Fairy is born different to the other fairies – her wings don’t work! Afraid that the other fairies won’t want to play with her, she hides away. But one day, Briony discovers she has an incredible talent, one which brings joy and happiness to everyone – she can sing! The little fairy begins to help others and she’s never felt happier! But what will happen when the king hears about The Fairy who Sings? There is only one way to find out. Get your copy of The Fairy who Sings and release the real magic!

Author: Cheryl Davies

5 comments on “The Best Children’s Books to Read with your Kids this Summer

  1. What a terrific Blog Post, Kristal, by you and your daughter, Priscilla! This is a treasure of children’s books for any parent, educator, or caregiver of little ones over the Summer months. Hooray!!

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