School is out and summer has officially begun! Between backyard BBQs and trips the beach, it can be easy to let learning fall to the wayside. But, just because your kids aren't in the classroom doesn't mean they can't learn a thing or two from their favorite teacher, you!
We’ve compiled a list of the best children's books to keep your kids reading and prevent those back-to-school brain fogs!
Dragons Love Tacos
By Adam Rubin
Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
A funny, silly story about dragons’ love for tacos – because who doesn’t love tacos – and the trouble with the pesky spicy salsa! A lighthearted read that might just have the kiddos requesting tacos for tonight’s dinner – hold the salsa!
The Curse Ends: The Story of the 2016 Chicago Cubs
By Jeff Attinella
Illustrated by Mike Pascale
A “must have” for Cubs fans, parents who love sports, or moms and dads looking for an untraditional bedtime story. This sports-themed illustrated book tells the true story of the 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series win after revisiting the Cubs plagued history and the Curse of the Billy Goat. Written in rhyme with of mix of fantasy and reality, kids will appreciate the witty illustrations and incredible story, while older fans will appreciate the history and depth. The Curse Ends is a fun way to break from the usual fiction children’s stories.
The Day the Crayons Quit
By Drew Daywalt
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
This cute story of “letters” will hold everyone’s attention. Duncan, the crayon’s owner, has come to find a stack of letters from his crayon friends – each detailing their complaints ranging from overuse, underuse and plain old stereotyping. The kids will enjoy each color’s personality, while adults can appreciate the witty jokes throughout. It may even provide inspiration for this year’s Halloween costumes!
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
By Sherri Duskey Rinker
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Whether your children are heavy machinery fans or not, this book is worth considering. Duskey hit the mark on creating a fabulous bedtime story that will keep you and your children turning page after page. The story is well written and the illustrations are engaging and at the same time, soothing. This title is a must have if your children are fans of Bob the Builder, or just one that likes to bulldozer their toys.
Froggy Plays T-Ball
By Jonathan London
Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
A cute, lighthearted story about a frog playing (and learning) t-ball. A great intro for any kiddos just joining their first sports team – educational and fun. It makes for a great gift if you find yourself at a baseball themed birthday party this summer, as well!
How to Catch a Leprechaun
By Adam Wallace
Illustrated by Andy Elkerton
A mischievous, hilarious tale of all the mayhem those little leprechauns can cause. This children's book gave me flashbacks to my own time in grade school and the mess our classroom leprechaun made each St. Patrick’s Day! Cleverly written with beautiful illustrations to match, this book will keep everyone entertained. I’ll warn you, however, you may end with a new family tradition involving green dye and glitter!
Ada Twist, Scientist
By Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by David Roberts
A well-written “must have” for the curious kids in your pack. Beaty’s writing is clever and advanced enough to encourage stepping out of the comfort zone for new readers. Ada, the main character, is as curious as can be, often landing herself in a bit of trouble. I’d recommend this book for a bedtime with a few extra moments for questions at the end, as it will likely spark your little one’s curiosity.
The Snail and the Whale
By Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
This tale brings together a sweet message with an even more soothing story. A great book for bedtime, as the rhyming is lush and the illustrations relaxing. The story line is a more calming tale than the author’s other hits, but equally as wonderful. A great book for any aquatic fans or Free Willy lovers.
Not Quite Narwhal
By Jessie Sima
This sweet story is nothing short of dreamy. The illustrations are soft and joyful, while the story is a cute reminder to simply be yourself! This book has it all – unicorns, jellyfish, butterflies, and rainbow fish. It’s one of those stories that you just can’t help but love and the one your kids will have you begging to read them night after night.
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
By Dan Santat
An award winning story about imagination, that sends your imagination on a wild ride throughout. The writing is cute and clever and the illustrations invite you to get lost along the way. Santat, author and illustrator, knocked this one out of the park. A special story for any of your wee ones who may already have an imaginary friend of their own.