Saturday, May 25, 2013

{The Weekly Kid's Co-Op} Summer Reading List

Last week, The Weekly Kid's Co-Op was full of great book lists and book-related activities. I have been adding many new books to our library list to get ready for summer reading. So, I have rounded up some of the best book list/activities posts from last week to help you build your summer reading list too. I find that having "new" books on hand in the summer is a big hit, especially for reading at the park, on car trips or even on a blanket in the backyard.

Children's Book Choice Awards shared by Pragmatic Mom provides top books in several age ranges. Her site is a great resource for compiling a summer reading list for your child.

Happy Birthday Author shared a number of Adam Rex books, which I am definitely adding to our library list as well as a cool way to extend Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, and his site is another great resource for children's books.

JDaniel4's Mom shared 18 of their favorite books and related activities. Her site is a major go-to for me when looking for creative ways to extend books and for new books for our library list. On her list, Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A-Z by Lois Ehlers is a great book to use this summer if you have a little one beginning to learn their letters. I love that it includes upper and lower case letters and have found that both of my boys engaged really well with the book. 

Jenny Evolution shared a round-up of Caldecott Children's Book Award Winners and Honor Recipients for the past 12 years (2000-2012). The list includes many of our favorites like Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems, Gone Wild by David McLimas, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus also by Mo Willems (in fact he has 3 on the list, so when in doubt, get a Mo Willems book!) and Olivia by Ian Falconer (we are fans of Olivia books around here). I actually recently added Flotsam to my list when KC Edventures shared it has the Picture Book of the Day

Under God's Might Hand shared 5 Favorite Goodnight Picture Books, including two books by Sandra Boynton who we recently discovered at our house and love. Our favorite goodnight book by her is The Going To Bed Book

And Next Comes L shared a cool activity she did with Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson and Lois Ehlert. Not only does the activity look great, but this books definitely needs to be added to our library list for summer reading.

Fun A Day shared many classic and new to us books as she featured What We're Reading Now for Children's Book Week. From her list, we especially like Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert, Elmer by David McKee, and Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site.

KC Edventures shared books that connect with real life with many book suggestions focused on sea life, which are perfect for summer beach trips! Plus, she also shared a round-up of Summer Reading Programs.

Fantastic Fun and Learning shared Leo Lionni Books and Resources as Lionni was the featured author of the Virtual Book Club for Kids this month. The VBCK is a great way to discover new authors and books and get ideas for extending books for young readers. We have loved being part of it. Our favorite Lionni books we've been reading this month are Little Blue and Little Yellow and A Color of His Own.

Buggy and Buddy shared 3 Books to Inspire Confidence and Creativity: Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg, Not A Box by Antoinette Portis, and Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. All three are at the top of our reading list!

Sunlit Pages shared 3 books her 4 year-old loves right now: Doodleday by Ross Collins, Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman and When A Dragon Moves In

This should give you a good head-start with your summer reading list for your little one. Plus, we shared 100+ Transportation Books last week so check it out if you missed it for even more great books to add to your list. We are heavy library users and share what we are reading weekly each Saturday as part of Project 101: Weekly Library Challenge

I keep track of my reading list through my Library List Pinterest board, so make sure you are following that Pinboard for great book recommendations. I also often discover many new books at The Children's Bookshelf and the Kid Lit Blog Hop. What Do We Do All Day, a co-host of The Children's Bookshelf, is another go-to blog for me for books and activities.

Sharing at: Share It Saturday!  The Sunday Showcase, Mom's Library, Tuesday TotsRead.Explore.Learn, and Kid Lit Blog Hop.         

Happy Reading! I would love to know what your child's favorite book is right now -- please share!! (Leave a note in the comments or pop over to The Good Long Road on FB.) 


  1. We love, love, love books anytime of day around, but especially at bedtime. This post has so many great book links!

    {And, thank you SO much for featuring my post! I sincerely appreciate it!}

  2. Thanks so much. What a comprehensive list...enough for three summers!

  3. Thank you so much for the feature! What an incredible list of blogs to visit! I will be sharing this post.

  4. Happy to have found your Summer Reading List as part of the MotherDaughter Blog Hop! One of these days I'd like to see one of my books on your lists, since they are all award-winning and teach children to be polite and have consideration for others, disguised as fun stories!

  5. Great lists!! I found your blog via the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Glad I stopped by!

    Nicole @ Best Kids' Reads

  6. Thanks for featuring our booklist - this is an amazing resource for summer reading, thanks for putting it together!

  7. Fantastic post! What a great resource! Pinning!!! Thanks for linking this into the Kid Lit Blog Hop.