Summer’s almost here. What should you read? If you teach preschool to grade 3 children, you might want to read some of this year’s best books to get ready for the next school year.
Or if you have young ones at home, this is a great time to introduce some new books.
These are the books that I love the most. There are quite a few, so I’ll list them in several different blog posts so you won’t be overwhelmed.
I’ve also added a few book-related teaching resource links for some of the titles.
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Roaring Brook Press
Reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.
Activity Guide Macmillan
Animal Masquerade by Marianne Dubuc
Kids Can Press
All the animals ready their costumes for a masquerade party, and while the lion plans to dress like an elephant, the elephant is planning a parrot costume, the parrot is dressing like the turtle, and other surprises await the party guests.
Another Brother by Matthew Cordell
Feiwel & Friends
Davy the sheep wishes he had time alone with his parents, as he did before his twelve brothers came along and started imitating his every move, but when his wish comes true Davy misses playing with the youngsters.
Video Book Trailer YouTube
Ballerina Swan by Allegra Kent
Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
Sophie the swan joins a ballet class and works hard to earn a part in the end-of-year performance of Swan Lake.
Beach Feet by Kiyomi Konagaya
Illustrated by Masamitsu Saito
Enchanted Lion Books
The story of a boy’s visit to the beach.
A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by John Hendrix
Schwartz & Wade
Narrates the tale of twelve-year-old Charles Dickens who, despite poverty and long hours of factory work, still has time to discover and share the stories of other residents of 1824 London. Includes author’s note about Dickens’ life and some of the books he wrote.
Chloe by Peter McCarty
Balzer + Bray
Chloe Bunny lives with her big family of ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters, but it is only Chloe who is able to compete with the new television set that Dad brings home one evening.
Video Book Trailer YouTube
Dog in Charge by K. L. Going
Illustrated by Dan Santat
When his human family goes to the store, Dog is left in charge of five wily cats.
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Balzer & Bray
With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.
Browse Inside the Book HarperCollins
Gem by Holly Hobbie
Through her watercolor paintings, the author depicts the journey of a toad in its natural habitat, from early springtime mud to the lily pads of summer, in this nearly wordless book about survival and renewal.
Activities Hachette Books
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