While the summer is the time to have fun, play and have new adventures we also like have a healthy dose of educational activities in line for our children. Reading has always been my favorite hobby and greatest escapes from reality. I’ve passed on my love of reading to my children and I am so thankful they have both latched on and don’t mind spending some time (even hours) being lost in their books.
Brooke my 4-year-old is entering Kindergarten this fall and while she cannot fully read a book she has a great grasp of following a story, can recognize sight words and loves to follow along in picture books!
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As we’re gearing up for big girl school I wanted to compile a summer reading list for my emerging kindergartner to stay an active reader all summer long. At the end of the blog, I have put together a printable version of the list to check off all summer long – feel free to print share and enjoy as much as you’d like!
If you would like to see the list for my 7-year-old – his is lengthy but still full of great titles- find it here.
Emerging Kindergarten Summer Reading List
Kindergarten, Here I Come! – This adorable picture book celebrates all the familiar milestones and moments shared by every single kindergartener. Whether it’s the first-day-of-school jitters or the hundredth-day-of-school party, every aspect of the kindergarten experience is introduced with a light and funny poem–not to mention charming illustrations.
I Like Pink! (Step into Reading) – My Daughter loves anything pink so it’s only right this was one of the first books she picked for the list. A little girl wishes everything in her world could be pink . . . including her dog, her cat, and her hamster. Wait! How will she ever find her pink pets in her all-pink bedroom? This simple story perfectly—and humorously—illustrates the old adage “Be careful what you wish for!”
Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten – Annie Grace wears her “Adventure Annie” cape to her first day of kindergarten and proceeds to barrel through the day, searching for adventure in every moment. Her interpretation of the class’s Gold Star Rules isn’t exactly what her teacher, Mr. Todd, had in mind. But somehow Annie does manage to save the day when two of her classmates get lost on their way to retrieve the afternoon snack. Spirited and funny, this is an introduction to kindergarten that will please kids and teachers alike.
Ricky, the Rock that Couldn’t Roll – Follow 14 spunky rocks and one wise little ladybug in a fun, funny and heartwarming story about the importance of friendship and the power of perseverance. Get ready to meet a new rock group! From zippy, little pebbles to big strong boulders, the rocks get together to play and roll around their favorite hill, only to find that one of their friends, Ricky, can’t roll with them. Unlike all of the others, who are all round, Ricky can’t roll because he’s flat on one side.
May I Please Have a Cookie? (Scholastic Readers, Level 1) – Alfie loves his mommy’s cookies, and he wants one more than anything! But grabbing for one, fishing for one, and dressing up as a cookie inspector doesn’t seem to work. His mommy says there is a better way. What is it? Beginning readers will learn proper manners with Alfie as his mommy teaches him to say the magic words.
First Little Readers Parent Pack: Guided Reading Level A: 25 Irresistible Books That Are Just the Right Level for Beginning Readers – We are happy to have found this book box because it comes with TWENTY-FIVE books so we never run out of books to grab. Jumpstart reading success with this big collection of motivating storybooks correlated with Guided Reading Level A. Most pages of these full-color storybooks feature just one line of simple, repetitive text to help children learn to read with ease and confidence.
Playtime! – A picture book full of color and big words for the beginning her. Bedtime can be a challenge for the best of us. But when you’re a fun-loving, overactive pet gorilla, bedtime is downright hard. Who would want to go to sleep when Playtime is so much more fun? But the gorilla’s responsible friend thinks enough is enough; no more fun and games. It’s not Playtime–It’s Bedtime! So the boy turns off the lights and the gorilla goes . . . Well, definitely NOT to sleep!
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! – Another great picture book for you to read aloud and your kiddo to follow along. When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you’ve never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate.
There you have it, 8 books for your emerging reading to tackle this summer? We already have all these books and we’re ready to check off our list one by one.
My son is going to third grade and his list is much longer! If you have a 7-9-year-old you can check out the list here.
If you’re looking for fun ideas for the summer I’ve also put together a list of 50 activities to keep you and your children as busy as possible this summer.
Let your kids check off this list with this free printable check and bingo card and have fun reading.