In the mood for some book recommendations? Here are four summer picture books that would complement your summer in a lovely way.
First up, National Parks of the U.S.A., by Kate Siber, with illustrations by Chris Turnham.
This is such a great book! It’s large format and filled with fun details and trivia. It will make you want to hit the road and start exploring. It also gave me further reasons to be grateful we’ve preserved these amazing spaces, and makes me want to keep them as pristine and beautiful as possible.
Next, Cycle City, by Alison Farrell.
I love books like this! Big spreads, filled with tons of details, and prompts to find particular items or instances. The basic story here is little Etta the Elephant going to her Aunt Ellen’s house, and exploring bicycle-filled Cycle City as she goes.
Have you ever been to Amsterdam? There are more bikes there than I have ever seen in one place! This happy book had me reminiscing about the bike culture there.
The third of my summer picture books recommendations is Everything You Need for a Treehouse, by Carter Higgins, with illustrations by Emily Hughes.
You’ll love this one, I’m sure of it. Are you or your kiddos dreaming about a treehouse? Well as long as it’s still in the dream stage, what’s the harm in dreaming up something as amazing and magical and fantastic as possible?
The words are poetic, and the images will beckon memories of reading Swiss Family Robinson.
I wrote about Wee Society’s Me Journal a couple of years ago. It’s one of those terrific interactive journals for young children, filled with simple prompts, where you can check off a box, or draw a picture, or write your first sentence.
And now, Wee Society has expanded their journal options with a travel collection called Go! My Adventure Journal.
The collection comes in three different jacket colors — red, yellow, and blue. So you can use a different one for each vacation you take. They’re filled with creative and simple thought-starters so your kids can capture cool things they spot, new things they try, and people they meet. There are also adventure badges, stickers, pockets to keep photos or ephemera, and postcards.
How is your summer reading going? Any summer picture books you’ve picked up? Or checked out at your library?
P.S. — More favorite picture books.