Summer Reading for Your Kids

July 29, 2015

As we are about to enter into the last month of summer -this post is dedicated to reading suggestions for your kids to help them not only enjoy the last of summer days but to get them back to enjoying reading. This way they are ready to go once they re-enter a school regime come September.

Tip: Your child's school may have given out a reading list at the end of the year, if not here are some helpful reading lists you can find such as these or books on your tablets throughout the summer months.

Below are some of my favorite reads for you and your little ones.

  1. I See Summer by Charles Ghinga

This is a rhyming book with bright illustrations. Follow 3 little guys around as they experience many summer events: having a picnic, drinking lemonade and splashing about. This book is great for toddlers and preschool kids (ages 2 to 4). Your kids will love to read about these familiar summer activities and might even want to act them out. Bonus for those bilingual kids: This book is also available in Spanish.


  1. Hot City by Barbara Joosse

Follow siblings, Mimi and Joe as they travel from their hot stoop (where their snow cones melt from the heat) to the cool air-conditioned library. This book is for a slightly older child (say 4 to 5 years of age) as the children here embark on several fantasies, some of them depicted through wordless illustrations. Imaginations run wild (think lost unicorn). The illustrations are more abstract but can add to the discussion of summer, places and things to do. This book captures lots of city life: stoops, buses + walking to cool places.


  1. Summer Fun by Usborne First Activities.

Always a sucker for simple and easy activities, this book is excellent for summer ideas. This book contains easy to follow instructions + sequencing pictures. On muggy or rainy days, this resource will help you make paper ice cream cones, develop seashell paintings and create newspaper boats. All activities are completed with basic materials and are related to the summer season.



Two apps that add a dynamic to reading with your child:

  1. For most devices: iStory Books: Lots of books located in a free library. You or child read them or the device narrates to you (in the voice of a woman named Maya)

     2. For most devices: Harold and The Purple Crayon App. Based on the still popular book published in 1955,  this application allows your child to be Harold’s infamous crayon and draw purple pictures on the screen. This app is cherished by consumers as well as the tech world. See if your child gives it raves reviews too!



Vanessa D’Auria is a licensed speech-language pathologist providing home-based services in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. For more information about Vanessa, visit or to ask speech/language questions, email directly at


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