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Help Your Child Get Ready for Kindergarten with Summer Reading

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, June 11,2013

Books and school are two of my very favorite things in life.  Even though the summer is just beginning, I’m already thinking about next school year.  Here at Ready Set Go…to Kindergarten we have the goal of ensuring all children entering kindergarten have access to a high quality early childhood education program.  Part of high quality early childhood education is the development of early literacy skills, and one of most important things we can all do to help children develop those skills is read to them.  Summer is no exception to the reading rule.  In fact, summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the longer days by fitting in extra reading time.  

Here are a few suggestions for books to read with children rising to Kindergarten in the fall. 

  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • The Grouch Ladybug by Eric Carle
  • Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose by Tomie dePaulo
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Chicka, Chicka ABC by Bill Martin & John Archambault
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan
  • Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williems
  • Mama Do You Love Me? By Barbara Joosse
  • Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat
  • Curious George by H.A. Rey
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Are your kids starting to get nervous about going to the “big kid school”?  Make sure these books round out your summer reading…

  • The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
  • Kindergarten Here I Come! By D.J. Steinberg


What’s on your summer reading list?  A classic?  Something new?  Share your suggestions below.


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