Summer Reading

Summer reading for 5 year old boy and 7 year old girl

series picks for boys and girls

We decided we needed a treat this past Saturday so the big kids and I headed off to the bookstore to spend my Mother’s Day gift certificate (thanks Mr. Doodles and Jots)! We got a bunch of stuff including the following great summer reading selections. Sometimes it is just nice for kids to be able to pick out books to keep.

My five year old got a couple Pete the Cat “I Can Read” books. We read one there and he was so proud to be able to read some of the words. They are not as brilliant as the picture books Pete the Cat: I love My White Shoes and Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons but having read those we now know and love Pete and would follow him anywhere!

My daughter looked and looked for a book that would interest her. She is finishing up first grade and an advanced reader for her age. She enjoys reading series like Magic Tree House, Mermaid Tales and Rainbow Magic. She finally found two, The Rescue Princesses books, which she had finished by Monday! I guess you can say she is hooked. Now she will have to wait until August for book three. I like the premise of these books. These princesses want more from their royal lives. Together they make a secret promise to help animals in danger. I read the first couple chapters of the first book and found it to be well written. My daughter likes the detailed descriptions of the dresses, jewels, etc. but can also relate to the girls wanting to use their smarts and strength and intuition for animal saving adventures.

Check them out at Amazon…

Four princesses meet in a dress making suite of a castle hosting a grand ball. Together they save deer from being hunted for their antlers in The Rescue Princesses #1: Secret Promise by Paula Harrison.

The princesses collaborate again, this time to save an injured dolphin during a royal regatta in The Rescue Princesses #2: Wishing Pearl by Paula Harrison. Find out how!

Pete is spending the day at the beach and would really like to go surfing in order to cool off but is scared in Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach written and illustrated by James Dean.

Pete is making a sandwich which eventually is too big to eat all by himself in Pete the Cat: Pete’s Big Lunch written and illustrated by James Dean.

And for the baby…

I couldn’t resist these from the Babylit series!  They’re counting books based on classic novels written by Jennifer Adams and adorably illustrated by Alison Oliver.  Do you think they could turn babies into lovers of literature?  I wonder what Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë would think of them.

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Please share your summer reading suggestions. And to help you get in the summer reading spirit here is a fun summer reading coloring page!



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  1. I’ve decided to make this the summer of reading for my 7 1/2 year old. He is a great reader and has read many of the popular book series in his reading level, but he’s hesitant to read anything new. I need to find more books that will interest him, and that’s a challenge. My plan is for him to re-read every book on his book shelves (to find authors he enjoys) then go to the library every other day to find more books based on the ones he likes. Wish us luck!

    Your daughter may like the E. D. Baker Tales of the Frog Princess books. My daughter LOVED them when she was younger, and I enjoyed reading them as well. The first three in the series were our favorites.
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    • That sounds like a good plan.
      Thanks for the recommendation! Even though she is a good reader it is hard for her to find chapter books she wants to read. We will definitely be spending some time in the library this summer too!

    • Aren’t they adorable.
      We have too many books though I make to make a donation box soon!

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