Summer is a time for relaxation and discovery, and your kids are no exception. Various activities like kids’ workshops and fun summer jobs are good ways to keep them pre-occupied, but don’t forget to give them lots time to enjoy their vacation too. Still, remember that the benefits of reading to and with your kids are many and long-lasting. Bond with your kids with these must-reads, and let their imagination run wild with FN’s summer reading list, as you tackle stories of playing outdoors and encountering mind-blowing adventures.
PIPO THE CLOWN by Natividad Santos
For ages 4 and below Summer is all about play and imagination, something that kids have a lot of time to concentrate on during their vacation. Start them young and get their creative juices running as you introduce Pipo the Clown. Join this extraordinary clown’s adventures performing magic to amuse children. (Photo courtesy of Vibal Publishing House)
ARE YOU READY TO PLAY OUTSIDE? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
For ages 4 and below
What happens when a nice, sunny day is threatened by angry rain clouds? Relay a day of running, jumping and skipping to your baby with Are You Ready to Play Outside? (An Elephant and Piggie Book). This Geisel Medal winner by Mo Willems re-introduces seemingly unlikely friends, Piggie the pig and Gerald the elephant as they plan a grand day outdoors. However, their plans go kaput as big, fat raindrops start to go “PLINK!” on the optimistic Piggie’s head. Written in simple text and accompanied by illustrations, this will surely amuse your kids as they learn new words, and making the most out of every situation. (Photo courtesy of Hyperion Books)
ARE YOU MY MOTHER? by P.D. Eastman
For ages 4 and below Follow a young bird search for his mom in this endearing classic by P. D. Eastman. Made specifically for early readers, the book makes use of simple words that toddlers are more or less familiar with. Speaking of which, toddlers can also relate to the oft-repeated verse in the book, “Are you my mother?” Like the baby bird in the story, they are just about to explore the big, wide world that’s surrounding them, but the central figure of it all, is of course their respective moms. Are You My Mother has been a favorite since the 1960s, and continues to enthrall young readers until today.