School is out for summer! It’s a time for more unstructured playtime and creativity. Dive headfirst into your imagination with fun and a stack of books!
Here are the top picks from our readers for each age from 3-12 years old.
Face it, we're pretty lazy sometimes and struggle to do all the good things we know we should do. That's why it's important to make reading a regular part of your child's daily schedule. Cuddle up with a few books right before nap, and again before bedtime. Make reading a family ritual and your child will grow up yearning for another good story.
We use Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited is an all-in-one subscription that gives kids access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games on compatible Fire, Android, iOS and Kindle devices.
Children's Books Ages 3-5:
From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes, “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’” A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!
In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.
This board book edition is the perfect size for little hands.
What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?
Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers. This story is perfect as a back-to-school gift, for all budding artists and for fans of humorous books.
Children's Books Ages 6-8:
In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him -- short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower.
From the creator of The Dot and Happy Dreamer comes a celebration of finding your own words -- and the impact you can have when you share them with the world.
Children's Books Ages 9-12:
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor--and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles--somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . . .
One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge--with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .
Your young child will love snuggling on your lap with a good story. But even if your child has outgrown your lap doesn't mean they've outgrown the need for you to read. Continue the reading tradition long after they can read for themselves.
Read more challenging, longer chapter books that are beyond your child's reading level. Whatever else you do, always keep in mind that you're planting a "reading seed" with every single book you read.
My kids have the Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet $49.99 (@ time of post)
We also subscribe to FreeTime Unlimited $2.99 per month (@ time of post)
Of course there is always Audible which you can get a 30-day Free Trial
They can read unlimited books. This is well worth it because they can do soooo much with it and we as parents have ultimate control in the settings. I can hand it to them without worry. I also like that I can set the parameters for playing a game. For example 30 minutes of reading to unlock any games.
I hope that helps.