Make Children’s Books Part of Summer Fun with Reading Suggestions from StudyDog

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Experts advise parents to set time aside each day for kids to sharpen reading skills before school starts next fall.


StudyDog software has helped more than 2 million children learn to read.

Summer is the perfect time to stock up on books and encourage your child to try new titles.

The long days of summer can be the best time for children to discover the joys of reading. According to Scholastic, students avoid losing crucial reading skills by reading four or more books throughout June, July and August. StudyDog officials say weaving reading into everyday summer activities helps kids sharpen reading skills while they are outside the classroom.

The StudyDog website has other suggestions for making reading fun for children.

“Set aside time for it each day,” said Deme Clainos, a spokesman for StudyDog, an online reading program for pre-kindergarten through third grade. “Summer is the perfect time to stock up on books and encourage your child to try new titles.”

Click here to see how parents help kids further their reading skills using an interactive program like StudyDog's.

The following reading list includes some of the top new children’s books along with some classics for kids ages 3 to 8.

Books for 3 to 5-year-olds

  •     “Bring On the Birds” by Susan Stockdale
  •     “The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred” by Samantha R. Vamos
  •     “King Jack and the Dragon” by Peter Bently
  •     “If I Ran the Zoo” by Dr. Seuss
  •     “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss
  •     “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
  •     “Cinderella” by Marcia Brown

Books for 6-year-olds

  •     “Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade” by Melissa


  •     “The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families” by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
  •     “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper
  •     “12 Dancing Princesses” by Brigette Barrager
  •     “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka

Books for 7-year-olds

  •     “Tales for Very Picky Eaters” by Josh Schneider
  •     “Zita the Spacegirl” by Ben Hatke
  •     “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein
  •     “The Summer of Riley” by Eve Bunting
  •     “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White
  •     “The Pigeon Series” by Mo Willems
  •     “Ragweed” by Avi

Books for 8-year-olds

  •     “Junoia” by Kevin Henkes
  •     “Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart” by Candace Flemming
  •     “Summer Reading is Killing Me” by Jon Scieszka
  •     “The Doll People” by Ann M. Martin
  •     “The Invisible Dog” by Dick King-Smith
  •     “The Best School Year Ever” by Barbara Robinson

There is no shortage of children’s reading material with approximately 2,500 new children’s books published each year. There are a variety of other summer reading lists available from organizations like American Library Association, Scholastic and The Children’s Book Review.

About StudyDog

As a proven leader in helping children quickly learn to read, StudyDog has helped more than 2 million kids master the basics. The company creates interactive reading programs specially designed for early readers pre-kindergarten through first grade. Children who struggle with reading especially benefit from StudyDog’s learning software. Launched in 2002, schools began using StudyDog in 2006. Computerworld named StudyDog to its Honors Program, recognizing the company as one of the best at helping children learn to read; and AOL has called StudyDog one of the top reading programs of its kind. For more information, visit or call 1-866-643-4449.

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