Summer, sun, vacations. And so many things to do: Trips to the beautiful countryside, the beach, visiting relatives or just relaxing in the garden. Possibilities are endless - and so are possibilities to read during these lazy, warm weeks! Here's our list with the best summer books!
Wherever your go, you can always take a book or two with you. - And what would be better than a proper summer read. That's why the Tidy Books Team collected for you 6 of the best summer books for beginner readers, aged 3-6 - one for each week that remain of the vacation!
Toasted Marshmallows: Camping Poems
By: Kristine O'Connell George (Illustration: Kate Kiesler)
Whether you are a fan of the outdoors or not, this book will enchant you. In nice little poems on beautifully illustrated pages kids will get to know all about a family camping trip. All elements of camping are covered with cute little poems. From necessary tasks like setting up the tent to the special atmosphere of the campfire...
The Relatives Came
By: Cynthia Rylant (Illustration: Stephen Gammell)
The Relatives Came, is a funny tale about a large and slightly frumpy family visiting their relatives. This book, with its cheerful illustrations nicely shows both sides of a family visit: Not everything is perfect during the stay, but all the folks will be terribly missed afterwards... It is definitely not without reason that this book has received a Caldecott Honor!
Summer Days and Nights
By: Wong Herbert Yee
A brilliant story about a girl and her family about all the everyday but fascinating things that happen one summer day. From drinking lemonade to swimming in the pool and getting to know a summer night, Yee successfully captures all those little details that make summer so special!
Come on, Rain!
By: Karen Hesse (Illustration: Jon J Muth)
We all know these periods of summer when it is sweltering hot and all you want is to see those dark clouds on the horizon promising the relieving rain. Well, that's what this book is about. And about the great fun Tessie and all her friends have when the rain finally starts pouring down. Text and illustrations perfectly recreate the atmosphere and feelings of such a day.
By: Elisha Cooper
Beach is a wonderful book that portrays a day on the beach -from the early morning to the evening. With outstanding water-color illustrations Cooper shows how the beach gets more and more populated during the day and calms down again in the evening. Beach is this kind of book you can re-read over and over again and you'll discover a new element every time. Whether it is a sunbather or the barking dog, the kite-flyer or the family with the blue sunshade...
Just Grandma and Me
By: Mercy Mayer
Do you already now Little Critter? If not, this is the perfect occasion to get to know him. This time he spends a day on the beach with his grandma. Together they discover all the great things you can do on the beach - swimming, playing in the sand and eating some tasty treats (although not everything goes smoothly...). The heart-warming story told by Little Critter also sheds light on the very special aspects of the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.
This is just a tiny of all those great kids books. For more suggestions, check out these great resources:
Reading Rockets (navigate to topic "Seasons") - Click here.
No Time For Flash Cards - Click here.
PBS Parents - Click here.
By the way, if you're wondering where you should put all these books - here's the answer: The Tidy Books Box is perfectly suitable to store kid's books of all shapes and sizes right at their height.
What's more, it presents covers facing forward so your little one is motivated to independently pick up and read the books they love! Being a portable book storage solution it is perfectly suited for summer reading, as you can carry it around the house and even take it to the garden. You can read more on this topic here.
And the Box will also remind you to keep reading with your kids, which is highly recommended by pediatricians!
Why not grab a book, get out in the garden and read!
Do you have any other favorite books to share? Tell us in the comments!