Ready or not, summer is here. Reading to and with your children each and every day is an important way to increase your child’s attention span, vocabulary, and literacy skills. Studies show just six books a summer (that’s a half a book every week over a typical twelve-week summer vacation) can help children maintain the gains learned over the academic year.
Here are 6 books appropriate to get your summer off to a great start:
- If your child will be finishing kindergarten this year, pull out the tissues for you and The Night Before Kindergarten Graduation for your child. Reading about new situations helps introduce the idea of what to expect to your child.
- Did you know that June 7 is National Donut Day? Get ready for adventure If You Give a Dog a Donut
- Do you know why Flag Day is celebrated on June 14? Learn more about the holiday and the American flag by reading F is for Flag
- Whether you camp in an indoor fort, the backyard, a camper, or a tent in the woods, learn about the ABCs of camping in S Is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet. If you’re going camping for the first time, this is a great book to learn about all the fun that camping includes.
- Celebrate Father’s Day on June 16 by reading Just Me and My Dad. This might make a nice idea for dad.
- The longest day of the year takes place on June 21. Read about a fun day at the beach in Sun, Sun.
Read, read, and read some more this summer!