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2019 Summer Reading List for Toddlers

With Memorial Day now behind us, Summer is almost here! While we still have a couple of more weeks of school, now is the time that you should seriously think about what to do for the summer with your little ones, especially if you have haven’t signed up for our Summer Session.

One thing is certain: learning shouldn’t stop over the summer months. Reading is an incredibly important part of a toddler’s development: develop a large vocabulary of words and how to use them, helping them to understand that words are made up of smaller sounds, learning the letters of the alphabet, and understanding that marks on a page represent letters and words. Through the summer you should make sure to try to read to your toddler as often as possible!

Every year Reading Rockets puts together a list of summer reading books for various ages, including a great collection for toddlers. Here are a few of our favorites, followed by a link to Reading Rockets where you can see the entire list!

Five Enormous Dinosaurs – Fantastic book where children join in on the countdown of stomping dinosaurs from five to zero. The numbers stay on the pages as you flip through, and the book wraps up with an identification of each dinosaur at the end.

 

Pigs in a Blanket – Very cute cartoon-style illustrated book about three little pigs getting out of bed and following them as they go about their activities through the day. Their silly antics are accompanied by rhyming text.

 

Who Has Wiggle-Waggle Toes? – A fun, humorous book that encourages participation as you read about a group of young children showing off their wiggle-waffle, flip-flop, wacky selves engaging in familiar activities as your little ones such as swimming and dancing.

 

Ruby & Rufus: Love the Water – Little ducklings Ruby and Rufus enjoy the beautiful summer weather by diving and swimming in a pond with their striped inner-tube. As the weather changes to winter, they enjoy sliding on their now frozen pond. Children love following along to these 2 cute little ducklings!

 

This is just a small sampling of books that Reading Rockets has listed. For the full list follow along here, and if you have older children, you will find great books for them on this list as well! Do not let summer go by without taking up some of your favorite books, and maybe even some new ones! If you enjoy any of these books or have suggestions of your own, leave us a comment below!

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Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Dr. Seuss is known all around the world for his whimsical characters, colorful illustrations, and captivating stories. He is an author that is beloved by children and adults, generation after generation. In honor of his birthday we have come up with a few ways for you to celebrate the memory of an author that has touched our hearts and imagination for decades.

 

Activities For Your Favorite Books – This list from We Are Teachers provides you with a variety of activities to compliment you and your children’s favorite Dr Seuss books! Spend some time today sitting down and sharing your favorite books then spending working on fun and educational activities!

Make Seussical Snacks – Another great way to celebrate is to make some Dr Seuss inspired snacks! Whether it’s green eggs and ham or the Cat’s hat, your little ones will have so much fun spending the day making treats to enjoy with the whole family!

Colorful Crafts – Crafts are not only fun for your little ones but can help with their cognitive development. Crafts can be used as a way for your little ones to identify shapes, colors, and build dexterity. These Dr Seuss crafts are sure to keep you and your little ones happy!

Donate A Book – If you are looking for a unique way to honor Dr Seuss, try donating some of your gently used children’s books! You can donate books to local libraries, thrift stores, or local shelters. Big book stores also often have the opportunity to donate a book with a purchase! Spread the cheer so that all children can have the chance to enjoy the wonderful worlds of Dr Seuss.

Read!Lastly, the best and easiest way to celebrate Dr Seuss is to simply, read! Whether you’re going to the library, a book store, or your own book shelf, pick out a few of your favorite Dr Seuss classics and spend some quality time together just reading and enjoying family time!

We hope you are inspired by some of these ideas and choose to celebrate Dr Seuss’s birthday with some of his classic stories. Let us know in the comments if you and your little ones tried out any of these crafts or yummy snacks! Click share on the side of the blog to remind your friends and family to embrace their inner child today!

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Read Across America

Read Across America

Every year the National Education Association hosts Read across America Day on March 2nd to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Schools all across the United States participate in an effort to promote the importance of reading and the importance of providing accessible resources to young minds across the country. Creative Learning is proud to announce that we will once again be participating in Read Across America Day! If you’re interested in getting involved at home or are wondering how the NEA supports libraries across the country, we’ve got some information for you! 

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Storytellers: The Important of Reading

Reading with your children and encouraging them to read on their own is incredibly important for many reasons. The most obvious benefit from reading is the enhancement of your child’s speech and language skills. As your child is beginning to learn the ins and outs of English, reading will help them get accustomed to proper grammar and word usage. Additionally, having your child read a book that they already know well, from having it read to them, will help create an association between the words they already know and how they look on paper. Aside from the linguistic benefits, reading also allows your child to become accustomed to things they don’t experience every day.  Reading helps children learn how to adapt to new experiences. This may be through reading books about other cultures or different time periods. Imaginative and thought-provoking books also help kick start your child’s creativity and logical thinking skills from a young age.

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