Would you, could you on a train? In the rain?
On a boat? With a goat?
Reading is fun here or there.
You can take a good book anywhere!
No matter where this summer takes you and your family, be sure to bring a book. Kids can lose two to three months’ worth of skills during summer vacation, and reading is an easy way to fight off brain drain.
If your kiddos are battling against books, there are some ways to keep them engaged:
Change the Scenery
Minnesota’s weather only cooperates a few months out of the year; don’t miss it all by staying indoors! Head to your backyard or a public park with a stack of books. Don’t worry if you don’t get through all of them. You can alternate reading time and playtime to keep your child interested.
Join a Program
Many local libraries, bookstores, even restaurants offer incentives for readers. A free book or pizza is a great motivator for little minds. If your kiddo is too young or you can’t find a program in your area, you can start your own. You could let them choose a meal or a new toy after finishing a certain number of books.
Put on Listening Ears
Audiobooks are a great way to stretch a child’s imagination, and it’s easier on your voice! Kids love listening to books with different character voices – some even add music or sound effects. Audiobooks are a great option for long car rides without turning to a device with a screen.
Picture books, chapter books, rhyming books… keep the options handy! Make a weekly trip to the library and let the kids pick out what they would like to read. Having a variety of books will keep the pages turning! My summer reading list, broken down by age, is below.
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” Eric Carle
“Love You Forever,” Robert Munsch
“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?,” Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle
“Goodnight Moon,” Margaret Wise Brown
“Five Little Monkeys,” Eileen Christelow
”If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” Laura Numeroff
“Caps for Sale,” Esphyr Slobodkina
“One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” Dr. Seuss
“Bear Says Thanks,” Karma Wilson
“Cat in the Hat,” Dr. Seuss
“Corduroy,” Don Freeman
“The Snowy Day,” Ezra Jack Keat
“Where the Wild Things Are,” Maurice Sendak
“The Book with No Pictures,” B. J. Novak
“The Little Engine That Could,” Watty Piper
“Green Eggs and Ham,” Dr. Seuss
“The Giving Tree,” Shel Silverstein
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” Judith Viorst
“Hansel and Gretel,” Fairy Tale
“The Rainbow Fish,” Marcus Pfister
“The Velveteen Rabbit,” Margery Williams