The lazy days of summer are a great time to keep the love of reading going in children. What follows is a list of books suitable for reading by children ages 4-8.
All the World
by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee
In an oceanside community, friends and family celebrate the smallest pleasures of the beach and life. A 2010 Caldecott Honor Book.
All in a Day
by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Nikki McClure
The author of the Henry and Mudge series captures the magic of a day in childhood that seemingly goes on forever.
By Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek
A young bird watcher is enthralled by the many colors, shapes, and sizes of her avian neighbors. Henkes is the author of the well-loved Lilly series.
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?
By Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague
The ninth book in the zany How Do Dinosaurs… series, this book tells how, even when little dinosaurs mess up, there are many reasons why their parents still love them!
I Spy Fly Guy!
Written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold
In Arnold’s hilarious series about a pet fly, Fly Guy is hauled away by mistake to the local dump and Buzz must find a way to save him. A 2010 Geisel Honor book.
The Lion and the Mouse
Written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Set on the African savannah, Pinkney beautifully illustrates the retelling of Aesop’s fable of the lion and the mouse. 2010 Caldecott Medal winner.
Little Mouse Gets Ready
Written and illustrated by Jeff Smith
Little Mouse is learning to put on his own clothes and is ready for adventure. Young children will love how Little Mouse’s challenges mirror their own. A 2010 Geisel Honor Book.
By Tony Johnston, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
An eccentric and flamboyant grandmother shares the stories of her life with her young grandson. A 2010 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor book.
Red Sings From Treetops: A Year in Colors
By Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
A woman and her dog enjoy the changing seasons in a series of colorful poems and illustrations. A 2010 Caldecott Honor Book.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Written and illustrated by Grace Lin
Minli, a Chinese girl, lives in a poor village. When she buys a magic goldfish and joins a dragon that cannot fly, she embarks on an adventurous quest to find the Old Man of the Moon. A 2010 Newbery Honor book.