Summer Reading List – Picture Books

June 9th, 2011 by melissa y.

The research on the importance of summer reading is clear:  Your child can lose up to 3 months of reading progress if they don’t continue reading throughout the summer.*  As a teacher, I saw it happen year after year.  Fluent readers who don’t read during the summer, re-enter school in the fall at the same level, or worse, they regress.  As a result, teachers are forced to play catch-up in September and October, losing valuable instructional time for those students.  All that can be avoided if we make summer reading a priority.

We also have a personal, passionate argument for summer reading.  We think that one of the greatest joys of summer is a long, lazy afternoon with nothing to do but curl up with a great book.  You can pick your location:  under the shade of a tree, on the front porch, on the beach, on a lounge chair by the pool, or on your cozy couch in the air conditioning.  The possibilities are endless.  Without the pressures of school and scheduling, children have the freedom to lose themselves in the pages of wonderful books that can transport them to fascinating, funny and thrilling places.  Take advantage of this time when children can read for the sake of reading.  It can be the most magical reading of all.

* source:  Reading Rockets

Sweet Summer Reading List – Picture Books

Reading out loud to your child is always a “treat” and summer is no exception.  Here are some special picture books to keep you and your reader entertained this summer.

All Kinds of Families by Mary Ann Hoberman

All the World by Liz Scanlon

Argus by Michelle Knudsen

A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

Brontorina by James Howe

Buglette the Messy Sleeper by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

City Dog Country Frog by Mo Willems

Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet

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

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates

Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator by Mo Willems

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten by Audrey Vernick

It’s A Book by Lane Smith

Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood

Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party by Melanie Watt

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

Small Saul by Ashley Spires

Tilly and Friends by Polly Dunbar

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach


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