Written and Illustrated by Chihiro Takeuchi
For ages: 2 – 5
Give your child an early introduction to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with this mechanical tale. Young readers will follow the charming robot and his robo-buddy on a quest to find his arm. It’s an interactive picture book that asks questions to encourage little learners to think outside the box. The illustrations are quite interesting, as Chihiro Takeuchi is a renowned papercut artist from Japan. Children will not even realize they are learning since they will find the story so amusing.
Written and Illustrated by Linda Liukas
For ages: 4 – 8
Do you have an aspiring kid programmer at home? Learning to code at a young age is a big trend now. Hello Ruby
teaches this skill to children. It made its debut through Kickstarter, and became the
most funded children’s book as it raised $380,000. Without the use of a computer, the author uses storytelling to introduce students to the concepts of programming. Activities are included with each chapter and are designed for students to work alongside an adult. Fans will be pleased that a follow-up book, Hello Ruby: Journey Inside the Computer
, will be out in October.
Written and Illustrated by National Geographic Kids
For ages: 8 – 12
The Weird but True!
series keeps young minds engaged until back-to-school season with activities, puzzles, and stickers. I was particularly excited to discover the Weird but True! Daily Planner.
This agenda starts in August to help students get organized and into the mindset for September. It includes fun facts to capture and keep their interest.
One of the most popular teacher recommendations for over the summer is to help students learn to read. While back-to-school is just around the corner, the summer is not over yet. The month of August presents a great opportunity for students to read interactive books. An added benefit of reading over the summer is that it eases children into September and allows for a successful start in the classroom.
Here are three summer picks to keep young readers stimulated.