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My four year old son is taking part in our library's summer reading program. He has started to read on his own, but I still read a lot to him too. Below is the summer reading list. Which books would you choose? Do you have any favorites? We have already read several of these, but I am including the entire list anyhow. Thanks!


    * Baa-choo! by Sarah Weeks JR WEE
    * Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies JP LIE
    * Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs! by Megan McDonald JP MCD
    * Birds by Kevin Henkes JP HEN
    * The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee JP FRA
    * A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan JP BRY
    * Cinco de Mouse-O! by Judy Cox JP COX
    * The End by David LaRochelle JP KNU
    * Gorilla! Gorilla! by Jeanne Willis JP WIL
    * The Gum Chewing Rattler by Joe Hayes JP HAY
    * How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Lon JP LON
    * I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince JP PRI
    * I Wanna Iguana by Karen Orloff JP ORL
    * If I Were a Lion by Sarah Weeks JP WEE
    * If Not for the Cat: Haiku by Jack Prelutsky JP PRE
    * The Japanese Ninja Surprise by Sara Pennypacker JFIC PEN
    * Lissy's Friends by Grace Lin JP LIN
    * My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza JP KAS
    * Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin JP LIT
    * Piggy Pie Po: 3 Little Stories by Audrey Wood JP WOO
    * Pretty Salma: a Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa by Niki Daly JP DAL
    * Rabbit-Cadabra! by James Howe JR HOW
    * Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Lenore Look JFIC LOO
    * Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton JP SCO
    * Skippyjon Jones . . Lost in Spice by Judith Schachner JP SCH
    * Super Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold JR ARN
    * Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra JP SIE
    * The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist JP GEI
    * You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fables to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman JP HOB
    * Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework by Nadja Spiegelman JR SPI

    * Actual Size by Steve Jenkins J591.41 J
    * Bats! by Nicole Iorio J599.4 B
    * Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs: How They Guard Sheep by Cat Urbigkit J636.73U
    * Love and Roast Chicken: a Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains by Barbara Knutson J398 K
    * Sharks! by Adrienne Betz J597. 3 S
    * Snakes! by Lisa Jo Rudy J597.96 S
    * Spiders! by Nicole Iorio J595.44 S

#1 - June 24, 2011, 09:28 AM

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Both my kids (5 and 2) LOVED Piggy Pie Po.

The librarian at my son's school did an entire unit with the Actual Size book. All the kids were fascinated (I knew my son liked it because he actually mentioned it at dinner one night and he's usually tight-lipped about what goes on at school).

I'm not familiar with a lot of the other titles on the list -- are they all recent releases?

#2 - June 26, 2011, 06:21 AM
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The ones I know on the list that would be good for a 4yo boy are:

How I became a Pirate
The End (story starts at the end and goes backward, which my kids loved)
I Wanna Iguana

and of course Skippy Jon Jones is very popular.

I personally loved The Boss Baby, but found that my kids didn't "get" it. I thought the humor of a new baby taking over a household was more geared toward parents.

Some of the books on that list, like Ruby Lu and Japanese Ninja Surprise, are chapter books and probably too old for your son.

Good luck and have fun!

#3 - June 26, 2011, 08:57 AM
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I  Wanna Iguana by Karen Orloff is great fun. My grandkids really enjoy it.
#4 - July 16, 2011, 05:41 PM
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I feel like such a clueless preschool teacher -- I've only read one of the books on that list.

I need to get reading...
#5 - July 20, 2011, 07:51 AM


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