Summer officially arrives on June 21. Most children are out of school, and summer activities are being planned. Don't forget to put some reading into your summer activities. There are great books for summer reading that celebrate summer activities. Reading books about what summer offers is a great way to inspire children to participate in the special activities that come with summer. Here are just a few to sample to bring in the season.
*"Summer According to Humphrey" by Betty G. Birney brings in summer with the ending of school, and the classroom pet Humphrey the hampster wonders what will happen to him when the classroom is empty for the summer. Mrs. Brisbane has a surprise for him-he will go to summer camp with the class from Room 26. Children will relate to this scenario with classroom pets and where the pets go for the summer. Many children have probably taken classroom pets home for the summer. Going to summer camp is also an event that children will enjoy reading about with adventures that Humphrey has while at summer camp. This book is recommended for ages 8-11, and was published by Penguin group Incorporated. It has an ISBN of 9780142418185.
*"Summer" by Alice Low is a classic that has been published again with bright vibrant colors in the illustrations for summer. Summer activities such as swimming, fishing, and building sand castles are celebrated in this cute story. Children who live near the beach will particularly enjoy this story. Children who live in the city will want to experience these summer activities on a family vacation. This books is recommended for ages 6-8, and was published by Random House Children's Books. It has an ISBN of 9780375812354.
*Seaglass Summer" by Anjali Banerjea is a delightful story about an 11-year-old who wants to be a veterinarian. Summer gives her the opportunity to spend a month with her uncle who is a veterinarian in the state of Washington. She works with him in his clinic, and discovers that there is much more to caring for the animals than just caring for their physical needs. She learns to cope with owners with a variety of personalities and the inevitable emergencies that occur with pets. One day she takes her uncle's dog for a walk on the beach and a piece of seaglass cuts the dog's paw. She is alone on the beach and must stop the bleeding by herself until she can get back to the clinic. She learns that she is capable of handling an emergency by herself. This is a great story with a lesson for children in learning independence. This book is recommended for ages 8-12, and was published by Random House Children's Books. It has an ISBN of 97807584990.
Add these great read-alouds to summer reading with your children. Enjoy the summer.
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