Picture Books & Activities for Summer
Summer is here and it is time to celebrate! Scheduling dedicated reading time during the day is a great way to encourage kids to keep reading all summer long. They will avoid the summer slide, which is a way educators describe what happens when kids’ minds sit idle for three months. Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who don’t often slide backward (http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/articles/keeping-kids-off-the-summer-slide.htm).
In order to help kids not slide too much (except at the playground or on a slippery slide, of course), we have put together a list of super fun picture books and coordinating activities. Some of my very favorite new picture books are on this list!!!
Happy summer reading–Marcy Fetzer, PhD.
Journey by Aaron Becker
Hot Air Balloon Activity
Make your own journey that is healthy and fun!!!
The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems
Summer is all about getting dirty from so much outdoor play. Root beer floats remind me of the bubbles in the bathtub, especially with fresh whipped cream on top and “muddy” brown Pigeon water.
Root Beer Floats
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
I love this book. It has a playfulness that reminds me of the fun attitude of summer.
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Dragons Love Tacos party and Puppet Show
Summertime is the perfect time to make a puppet show and eat tacos!
Hello! Hello! by Matthew Cordell
Summer is the best time to get off the screens and say Hello! to nature!
Edible Flower Snack
Press Here! by Herve Tullet
Make your own Press Here game!
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Summer is all about going wild and having a jungle party!
Wild Jungle Party
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
Family Summer Favorite Dessert
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham