I’ve gathered this collection of books about wonder, exploration, discovery and courage to inspire your summer reading. There are so many good titles out there it was hard to narrow it down! Here are 7 options I know you’ll love:
This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe. I LOVE this book. Consider it an essential for any children’s library. The author follows a day in the life of seven real kids from seven different countries — Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia. How are their lives the same as your child’s life? What’s new and interesting about their lives?
Things To Do by Elaine Magliaro, illustrated by Catia Chien. This is a collection of short poems that we should all read on a quiet morning before we head out on a walk or to the park or pretty much anywhere. Each one starts like this: Things to do if you are the Sky. Things to do if you are Scissors. Things to do if you are Crickets.
Everywhere Wonder by Matthew Swanson, illustrated by Robbi Behr. Join a young boy as he uses his imagination to explore the world, both faraway places and familiar corners of his home. What will he find in Kenya? In Brazil? In the grocery store? In a bowl of soup?
Morris Mole by Dan Yaccarino. When his family is low on food, his big brothers do the usual, but Morris thinks a bit differently and tries something new. You’ll enjoy the discoveries he makes and adventures he has by being brave and digging up instead of digging down.
A River by Marc Martin. This on starts with a simple sentence: There’s a river outside my window. Where will it take me? The books is light on words, heavy on gorgeous illustrations that explore nature, and cities, and home — all of it with a river running through.
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall. Today is the day Jabari is planning to jump off the diving board. But the ladder is higher than he expected and makes him think that maybe tomorrow will be a better day. Luckily, his dad gives him some good advice that helps Jabari gather his courage. A sweet, patient, unhurried story.
Places to Be by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Renata Liwska. This one is gentle — both the words and the images. It’s a good vocabulary builder with words like awestruck, beastly, sullen, and jubilant. It’s a chance to explore different emotions and states of being from the safety of a cozy chair.
What are you reading to your kids this summer? Have you picked up anything lovely at the bookstore or library? Any other books about wonder you would add to this list? I’d love to hear!
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