Summer Reading: Kids’ Edition

I realize that by now most kids have gone back to school. I just want to reflect on summer for a moment. Growing up I always took part in the summer reading program at the local library. It was so much fun to pass the same tradition down to LG this year. Although she is still small, she very much enjoys picture books and being read to before bed. This summer, she completed the 50 book challenge at the library and won a little prize pack. It was a great experience! As part of our reading challenge, I wanted to feature a few books we have enjoyed this summer.

the wonderful things you will beThe Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

This is such a sweet little book. I enjoyed reading this to LG before bed. It literally felt like all of my wishes for LG written in a children’s book. The illustrations are beautiful and she loved looking at the pictures.


Little Blue Truck

 Little Blue Truck by Jill McElmurry

Okay, so this one has been around a while, but it’s new to us. We loved it! It doesn’t hurt that LG is big on farm animals right now and this book is filled with farm friends. Also, on a personal note, my dad drove a blue truck so this children’s book felt a little sentimental.

Plant the Tiny SeedPlant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson

A beautiful book! It’s very interactive and describes how a seed becomes a flower. We read this one several times.



wowWow! The Good News in Four Words by Dandi Daley Mackall

This might have been my favorite book of all. It presents the Gospel in a way a child can understand. The illustrations in the book are very bright and cheery. The simplicity of the pictures goes along with the simplicity of the message. When we got to the part about Adam and Eve, LG said, “No, no apple!” It was the cutest thing! Toward the end she was able to pick out the illustration of Jesus.

This will be one book we revisit time and time again. We have enjoyed reading it several times. God loves us. God came to save us. He will come back for us one day. I hope out of all the books we read this summer that the message in this one is the one that sticks with my girl.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Tyndale House.

While the summer reading program has ended, the love of reading doesn’t have to. I will certainly miss the lazy hazy days of summer and the more laid back feel that the warmer weather brings, but I’m also looking forward to reading books to LG about fall, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Maybe we’ll do another book review towards the holiday season. In the meantime, enjoy reading with your kids!