My 2 year old is clearly not in grade school yet. However, her childcare center still made a push for parents and children to read together over the summer. What great books for young children did we explore in July? Check out our list and chime in with summer reading favorites of your own! If you want more recommendations, check them out on the activities for toddlers page which features book lists and many other fun things to do with your kids!
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Great Books for Young Children: July
- Camp Rex– by Molly Idle: Sweet Pea and I spent an entire week at summer camp for the first time this year. To prepare her a little for the experience, we read this adorable book. Trust me, if you read this book you will have to plan a camping trip!
- Baby Bear Sees Blue– by Ashley Wolff: Oh, this is seriously an adorable book. I might be a tad biased since I love bears. I love that the Mama Bear lets the baby bear strike out on a little adventure, but she is always there to answer questions and guide him to even more fun! Plus, the illustrations are super vivid and this is a fast and engaging read that ends with baby bear going to sleep.
- Clifford Takes a Trip– by Norman Bridwell: What is not to love about everybody’s favorite big red dog? Again, our summer camping adventure started and ended with quite a long road trip. I can’t think of a better way to start the trip off on the right note than to read about how Clifford tags along with his family… whether they want him to or not!
- Elephantantrum– by Gillian Shields; illustrated by Cally Johnson-Isaacs: Sweet Pea is almost 3 years old (next month) and wow, she can really be a pistol. Can you relate? This book pokes fun at temper tantrums and other ‘not nice’ toddler and preschool behaviors like not sharing, not saying thank you, etc…
- Big and Small– by Elizabeth Bennett; illustrated by Jane Chapman: This is such a sweet book about a friendship between a bear and a mouse and how each one can help each other out in their own special way. I also love that it emphasizes that friends can be different from each other.
- Yes Day!– by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld: Move over Dennis the Menace! This little boy has some mischief up his sleeves. I am very happy to read this book with Sweet Pea and let her dream of a day when she is calling all the shots. Ha!
- Bear’s New Friend– by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Jane Chapman: I love this entire children’s book series. In this chapter Bear meets a new friends who is pretty shy. See how Bear and his gang welcome this newcomer and get him to show his face.
- Dinosaurumpus!– by Tony Mitten; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees: Sweet Pea really loves dinosaurs. This is a fun book about dancing and being silly. Some of the words are a mouthful, but the sing-songy nature of the narrative is really fun to read aloud.
- There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell: by Lucille Colandro; illustrations by Jared Lee: I had no idea there was a series of these Old Lady books! We took a chance on this one and I will admit to singing it as we read it. It is still a silly tale of a silly lady. This time however, there is a surprise ending!
- On the Night You Were Born– by Nancy Tillman: This was the first Nancy Tillman book I read to Sweet Pea. We started when she was barely 6 months old and it is still a favorite of both of ours. I love everything by Nancy Tillman, but this might be my favorite of her books.
What books are you reading this summer? I would love to hear your suggestions below!
Thank for reading!