School’s Out for Summer…almost! If you’re hearing Alice Cooper’s song in your head, you’re not alone. The famous “no more pencils, no more books” lyrics lead us into summertime soon. But the thought of no more school doesn’t have to mean no more stories.
In fact, spring and summer are some of the best times to engage kids in reading books for fun on topics that interest them. Our recipe for preventing summertime slide is simple: one part sun, one part sand, and lots of stories sprinkled in!
Here are our top 8 picks for spring and summer reading that not only entertain, but also educate.
1. Old Mikamba Had a Farm by Rachel Isadora
Meet some fabulous African animals in this classic farmyard tale with a twist.
2. Families, Families, Families! By Suzanne Lang and Max Lang
Quirky animals and lyrical rhymes show that families come in all shapes and sizes.
3. If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche
Ever wondered what houses look like around the world? This book shares unique homes in beautiful illustrations, from floating houses to yurts and cave dwellings.
4. Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld
A seemingly simple story packed with a powerful message about friendship and antibullying.
5. I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty and Mike Boldt
Readers will laugh out loud in this silly story but come away with the knowledge that being yourself is the best thing to be.
6. Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
An excellent read, this book shows youngsters an array of animals and what makes each one special and unique.
7. The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter
Learn all about Jane Goodall and her mission to observe and preserve chimpanzees in this engaging nonfiction story.
8. Pictures from Our Vacation by Lynne Rae Perkins
Highlighting a summer vacation unlike any other, this story is filled with details all ages will enjoy from maps to journal snapshots.