My favorite type of books are preschool books. I think even when I don’t teach preschool or have preschool age children anymore, I will still buy preschool books. I love illustrations and the simple goodness of preschool books. We needed to freshen up our summer book collection and I found some gems. I wanted to share what I found with you. These would be perfect in your home, preschool, kindergarten or car for reading on the way to the pool this summer. Enjoy!
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The Night Before Summer Vacation:
A little girl and her family are getting ready to go on vacation . . . or at least they are trying to. In the effort to pack everything that will be needed, there’s bound to be something overlooked, and what that is provides a funny ending to this meter-perfect “twist” on Clement Moore’s classic.
Froggy Learns to Swim:
Frogs are supposed to be great swimmers. “Not me!” says Froggy, who’s afraid of the water. But with a little encouragement, some practice, and the help of a silly song or two, Froggy becomes an expert frog-kicker!
How I Spent My Summer Vacation:
Some kids spend their summer vacation at camp. Some kids spend it at Grandma’s house. Wallace Bleff spent his out west…on a ride, a rope, and a roundup he’ll never forget.
One Crazy Summer:
In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them.
Eleven-year-old Delphine is like a mother to her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern. She’s had to be, ever since their mother, Cecile, left them seven years ago for a radical new life in California. When they arrive from Brooklyn to spend the summer with her, Cecile is nothing like they imagined. While the girls hope to go to Disneyland and meet Tinker Bell, their mother sends them to a day camp run by the Black Panthers. Unexpectedly, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern learn much about their family, their country, and themselves during one truly crazy summer.
Olivia Goes Camping:
Olivia is super excited to have her best friend come along on her family camping trip. However Francine is not a huge fan of the Great Outdoors and is less than excited about the mud, the bugs, and the idea of sleeping in a tent. It’s up to Olivia to help Francine get in touch with her inner nature lover in this funny story that’s based on an episode.
Just Grandma and Me:
Little Critter and his grandmother spend the day at the beach in this funny-and-true picture book about Mercer Mayer’s popular character. Little Critter is a good helper, even at the beach. When his grandmother’s hot dog falls in the sand, he washes it off in the ocean. He promises to blow up the inflatable seahorse but needs a little help in the end. The joys and mishaps of a special summer day with Grandma are all brightened by Little Critter’s sunny disposition.
The Relatives Came:
In a rainbow-colored station wagon that smelled like a real car, the relatives came. When they arrived, they hugged and hugged from the kitchen to the front room. All summer they tended the garden and ate up all the strawberries and melons. They plucked banjos and strummed guitars. When they finally had to leave, they were sad, but not for long. They all knew they would be together next summer.
The Everything Kids Environment Book:
Everything we do has an impact on the world around us–from the clothes we wear and food we eat to the gardens we grow and the trash we throw away. And to take the best care of the earth–and ourselves–it’s important to make smart choices. With The Everything Kids’ Environment Book, you’ll find out what you can do every day to help protect our planet. You’ll also learn why the rainforest is so important to us, how animals go extinct, and what environmentalists can tell us about taking good care of our world.
First Time at the Pool:
Meet Kayleigh and read about her first time in the big pool. She gets so excited when she sees the pool. She is not scared of it at all and has so much fun. This book builds confidence. It teaches kids to be brave and to get out there and try new things. You never know how much fun you will have unless you get out there and try.
Summer. An Alphabet Acrostic
Sandy beaches, juicy watermelons, and porch swings are just a few of the warm-weather delights featured in this inventive alphabet of acrostic poems about summer. Like the previous seasonal collaborations from Steven Schnur and Leslie Evans, Autumn and Spring, this book contains twenty-six poems, alphabetically arranged. Each reveals a playful acrostic when read vertically, and each is accompanied by a glowing woodcut illustration.
The Kids Summer Games Book:
This fully illustrated book in the Family Fun series is packed with more than 150 games and activities for all year round. For indoor and outdoor fun, kids can choose something to do on their own or with friends and family. A book to be used for years to come. Find out how to * organize your own Olympics * set up an outdoor scavenger hunt * play charades * juggle * and much more!
Great Facts for kids about America:
On July 4th 1776 the United States of America was formed when a group of men called the Founding Fathers got together and decided to become an independent country, signing a document called the Declaration of Independence. This day is now a national holiday in America, where everybody gets a day off school and work for fireworks, BBQs and parties!
Summer is Here!
Summer is a time when nature is bursting at the seams. Pick blueberries, see a caterpillar grow from an egg to a butterfly, or take a trip to the lake or beach with your family. Peek under rocks, look up in the trees, dive into the water–there is so much to learn and so much to discover together when you read Summer is Here!
Preston’s Biggest Summer:
Preston’s Biggest Summer is a heartwarming story for both child and parent. Join Preston during his biggest growth spurt ever!
A collection of songs, poems and stories for young children.
101 Silly Summertime Jokes:
Why is a dog so hot in the summer? Because he wears a coat and pants! This assortment of funny summer jokes and riddles is sure to keep young readers chuckling all the way to the beach–and you all the way to the bank!