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Summer Reading – Top 5

IMG_0713With school out for summer, I thought I would pick up some new books to read with my 4-year-old. Great for bedtime, perfect for a lazy summer afternoon, and, of course, the best way to gear up for kindergarten – here are Chloe’s (and Mommy’s) new favorite books.


The Snail and the Whale
A sweet story about an unlikely pair of friends – a snail that wants to see the world and a whale that is sure glad he met a snail. With its roll-off-the-tongue rhymes, this book is sure to lull your little one to sleep.

My Granny Went to the Market
Work on counting skills while following Granny’s adventures around the world. And this is another fun rhyming book, complete with bright and colorful illustrations.

Flora and the Flamingo
Although this book is wordless, it’s beautifully illustrated and has some fun interactive flaps. This is a great book if you have an imaginative child who doesn’t quite know how to read yet. My little one had so much fun looking at the pictures and telling me all about Flora and her friend, the flamingo.

The Pout-Pout Fish
A light-hearted book that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. The sing-songy, rhyming words and repetitive verses will have your little one reciting this story with you in no time.

Enemy Pie
While this story initially seems to suggest an icky recipe for warding off enemies, stick with it and you and your little one will be in for a super sweet lesson about friendship.


Free Back-to-School Printable: Red is for Top

Head on over to our website to download our free back-to-school printable

This stoplight sticker is another idea that came directly from Chloe – the 2-year-old inspiration behind Box Play for Kids. She came home the other day from preschool and informed her parents that “green is for go, lellow is for sloooooooow down, and red is for top {still working on our S sound…}.” All with very enthusiastic hand movements. She’s all ready for her future career as a crossing guard.

I printed two of these out for my two kids {almost 5 yo girl and 2 1/2 yo boy}. We’re playing “Red Light, Green Light” with one of the stickers and using the other one a traffic signal for a town we created with all of our toy cars. We even store some of the cars in the egg carton when we’re done playing. 

Good luck to all you parents out there getting ready for the new school year! I’m still in complete denial that my baby started Kindergarten a few weeks ago. It took two weeks and she’s already decided that she loves Justin Bieber. Sigh.

Be sure to check out our Pinterest boards for some back-to-school inspiration.