Early Childhood Summer Reading

Dear Early Childhood Families,
Welcome! We hope you find the joy of reading to your child to be as exciting as we do. Reading aloud helps children develop rich vocabulary, exposes them to new information, and offers wonderful moments for conversation and connection.
Exposing children to the rhythm and rhyme of language helps to support children’s emergent reading skills. Over the summer, we invite you to read a collection of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes to your child.
Additionally, we ask that all children entering Kindergarten are read aloud the following four books:

  • In My Heart by Jo Witek
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  • Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
  • The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates

During the summer months and throughout the school year, we encourage you to visit your local library and check out a few books by the Beginners Teachers’ favorite authors. As you browse the stacks, we are sure you will find additional authors and illustrators to add to this list.

Mac Barnett
Arnold Lobel
Bonny Becker
Leo Lionni
Jan Brett
Anna McQuinn
Donald Crews
Ann Morris
Nina Crews
Linda Sue Park
Tomie dePaola
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Olivier Dunrea
Erica Silverman
Lois Elhert
Shel Silverstein
Mem Fox
Martin Waddell
Kevin Henkes
Mo Willems
Tad Hills
Vera B. Williams
Ezra Jack Keats
Karma Wilson
Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee
Don and Audrey Wood

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