Summer Reading Birth to Preschool

Reading can be one of the many fun activities children choose to fill their summer time. Research has shown it is also much more! Children who participate in public library summer reading programs make achievement leaps during the summer and score higher on fall reading achievement tests.
The books on this list come highly recommended by kid readers from all over the country and may also be available in ebook, audio book, braille, and large print formats. This summer, take your child to participate in the summer programs happening at your library.
Here are some recommended books in the Southfield Public Library catalog with commentary by the article’s writer. If you don’t see a copy available, contact a librarian to place an item on hold for you!
Beach Baby
Elmquist, Laurie
From sand dollars to sandpipers, a baby’s blissful day at the beach is recalled in lyrical verse and simple pastel-hued illustrations.
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Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!
Tarpley, Todd
A boy and his three rambunctious robots get ready for bed.
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City Shapes
Murray, Diana
Through the eyes of a young girl, shapes rise, shift, and compose the city-scape from the shimmering squares of a skyscraper to the circles in the sunglasses of a cop.
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Cockatoo, Too
Murguia, Bethanie Deeney
Enter the jungle, where you’ll meet many cockatoos and toucans, and have fun reading this lively story filled with wordplay.
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Cricket Song
Hunter, Anne
Describing the sounds and smells two children on different continents experience while falling asleep, the reader becomes aware of the interconnectedness found throughout the world in this charming bedtime story.
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Henkes, Kevin
When the fourth egg hatches—surprise! It is an alligator that is looking for a friend.
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I Hear a Pickle (And Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!)
Isadora, Rachel
A group of children describe many things in their world that they can sense in this early nonfiction title.
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The Lending Zoo
Asch, Frank
When a tiger goes missing, Miss Perkins, the zookeeper, and Molly search through ponds, streets, and beaches, only to be led back to where they started.
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Let's Play!
Tullet, Hervé
Play your way through this interactive and humorous book!
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Looking for Bongo
Velasquez, Eric
A boy’s stuffed dog is missing: can advice from his abuela and a bit of detective work help him find his beloved toy?
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My Heart Fills with Happiness
Smith, Monique Gray
A celebration of moments in life to reflect on and cherish.
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Old MacDonald Had a Truck
Goetz, Steve
Toddlers will love to sing along with this new version of an old favorite, featuring heavy farm machinery.
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Tum, Hyewon
A rainy day doesn’t stop a boy and his mother from having creative fun both inside and out.
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Atteberry, Kevan
Declan the monster loves to walk in the rain and splash in puddles. Will his bunny friends enjoy this as much as he does?
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Sidewalk Flowers
Lawson, JonArno
A young girl living in the city shares wildflowers she finds while walking, transforming the lives of all she meets.
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Steam Train, Dream Train: 1-2-3
Pinker, Sherri Duskey
“Three rabbits hopping as they ride . . . ” Count along in this board book as the cars of Steam Train, Dream Train pass by with the turn of each page.
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Thank You and Good Night
McDonnell, Patrick
Three friends at a sleepover enjoy life’s simple pleasures in this, the perfect bedtime story.
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Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book
Teckentrup, Britta
Learn about colors and seasons and meet the animals who make a tree their home.
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Twenty Yawns
Smiley, Jane
After a long, full day at the beach, everyone in the family falls asleep early except young Lucy and her stuffed animals.
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The Whale in My Swimming Pool
Wan, Joyce
A boy goes out to swim, only to find a whale in his swimming pool. He tries everything he can think of to get him out before coming to the perfect solution.
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The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk
Sehgal, Kabir & Sehgal Surishtha
“The Wheels on the Bus” has never been so fun in this modern update to the traditional song—this time set in India!
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When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons
Fogliano, Julie
Beginning with the start of spring, poetic journal entries celebrate the sights and feelings evoked by the seasons.
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