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The Learning Experience’s Summer Reading Guide
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The Learning Experience’s Summer Reading Guide

During the summer months, parents often find themselves looking for new and creative ways to entertain their children, often without much luck. In these moments of frustration, it’s easy to forget you can easily have access to entire worlds full of new and exciting adventures right at your fingertips: all you need to do is open the pages of a new book. Take a look at our summer reading guide.

Reading to your child during the summer offers so much more than just a way to keep them entertained while spending quality time together. It also helps expand their imaginations, teaches new lessons, and helps them prepare for future scholastic achievement. According to the National Commission on Reading, the single most important factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home. For school-aged children, reading during these months is essential to keep their learning skills from slipping down the summer slide.

To get you prepared for a summer’s worth of reading, our Curriculum Department has put together a list of age-appropriate books for children ranging in age from infants to second graders. Before diving into the list, here are a few tips on how to enhance your child’s reading experience:

1. Use a calendar to keep track of how many books they’ve read during the summer

2. Celebrate each time you and your child read a new book with little awards or rewards

3. Promote interaction by asking questions beyond the story topic

4. Act out the adventures from the books you’re reading: pretend you are going to the moon and back, taking a train through the mountains, or even riding in a boat down a river.

5. Create your own props to help act out a story

6. Empower your child by allowing him or her to pick while book they’d like to read next

The Learning Experience’s Summer Reading List 

Birth – 12 Months Summer Reading Guide

Eric Carle Board Book Set

Twinkle, Twinkle: An Animal Lover’s Mother Goose by Bobbi Fabian

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Global Babies from Global Fund for Childres

Families by Rena D. Grossman

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tilman

Black on White Board Books and White on Black Board Books

Books with Textures

12 Months – 24 Months Summer Reading Guide

I Spy Little Books by Jean Marzollo

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Shertle

The Feelings Book by Todd Parr

Llama Llama Red Pajamas by Anna Dewdney

The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Simple Board books with colors, numbers, and shapes


Two-Year-Olds Summer Reading Guide

Down by the Barn by Will Hillenbrand

You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Pete the Cat Series by Eric Litwin

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton


Three-Year-Olds Summer Reading Guide

Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet by Kelly DiPucchio

I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein

Olivia by Ian Falconer

Go, Dog. Go! By P.D. Eastman

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Work an Occupational ABC by Kellen Hatanaka

Pigeon Series of Books by Mo Willems


Four-Year-Olds Summer Reading Guide

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

Elmer’s Special Day by David McKee

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywait

On Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

What Pet Should I Get? By Dr. Seuss

Olivia Series by Ian Falconer

A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo


Five-Year-Olds Summer Reading Guide

The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak

Froodle by Antoinette Portis

My First Little House Series by Laura Ingles Wilder and Renee Graef

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson and Tara Calahan King

The Henry Series by D. B. Johnson

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Because by Mo Williams

Bee-bim-Bop! By Linda Sue Park

Mary Wrightly, So Politely by Shirin Yim Rogers

The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle


First Graders Summer Reading Guide

BOB Books by Bobby Lynn Maslen and John R. Maslen

Junie B. Jones Series by Barbara Park

The Diary of Series by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss

The Lost Lake by Allen Say

Flotsam by David Wiesner

Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown

Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex


Second Graders Summer Reading Guide

Judy Moody Series by Megan McDonald and Peter H. Reynolds

Picture Day Perfection by Deborah Diesen

The Legend of Diamond Lil; The Trouble with Chickens; and

The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin

Madeline Series by Ludwig Bemelmans

Boom! Bellow! Bleat! Animal Poems for Two or More Voices by Georgia Heard

Good Dog, McTavish by Beg Rosoff

Power Up by Seth Fishman

Jasper & Ollie by Alex Willan

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman

Have fun on your summer reading adventures!

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