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6 Books to Inspire Kids This Summer

Summer has a special way of awakening new curiosities and encouraging exploration. And it’s the perfect time to nurture a child’s love for reading! We’ve put together a list of six children’s books that invite kids to venture into exciting worlds and embrace their endless imaginations. From inspiring true stories and timeless messages to interactive fun for the whole family, these books are sure to create wonderful memories during story time this summer.

Tiny, Perfect Things
This is the story of a child and a grandfather whose walk around the neighborhood leads to the discovery of the most wonderful treasures! With rhythmic storytelling and intricate illustrations, Tiny, Perfect Things is a celebration of how childlike curiosity can transform ordinary days into extraordinary adventures.

What Do You Do With a Chance?
The final addition to the New York Times best-selling What Do You Do With...? picture book series, What Do You Do With a Chance? inspires kids of all ages to find the courage to go after the opportunities that come their way. Because taking a chance just might lead to something incredible!

The Girl Who Ran
In 1966, the world believed it was impossible for a woman to run the Boston Marathon. Bobbi Gibb was determined to prove everyone wrong. The Girl Who Ran shares the true story of how Bobbi broke the rules and, through her grit and determination, changed the world one step at a time.

So Many Cuddles
This is the heartwarming story of a little girl and her animal friends who don’t always need words to talk to each other—a simple hug can say so much. From first cuddles in the morning to giggly cuddles on the couch and snoozy cuddles at bedtime, it’s incredible that one day can hold so many feelings! So Many Cuddles features adorable illustrations and easy-to-read verses to teach kids emotional literacy and to offer gentle reminders that there is no right or wrong way to feel.

Tickle Monster
A lovable monster has just flown in from Planet Tickle and is on a mission to tickle any child who happens to be following along with the Tickle Monster book. Parents read aloud and do the tickling while children laugh and squirm with delight!

Dive In!
Calling all explorers! Sir Sebastian Stockingbottomham needs your help on his wild diving expedition to the ocean floor. Share in the fun by following the interactive read-aloud prompts! With Dive In!, learn how to talk like you’re underwater, take part in some very silly shenanigans, and get ready to laugh like you’ve never laughed before.

Go beyond these six and explore all of our illustrated books to add even more fun to a child’s summer reading list.

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