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Sweet Summer Reads: Adorable, Meaningful Books to Explore with Your Kids

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Summer is a joyful, and sometimes chaotic, time for kids. But it can also be full of those sweet moments spent reading stories before bed.

Here’s a list of some wonderful books to read with kids this summer – whether that’s before bed or on rainy days.

The Friendly Mouse by Sophia R. Tyler

the friendly mouse

Evoking the tone and style of Aesop’s Fables, this new picture book calls back to beloved classics like Peter Rabbit. Despite being overwhelmed by his struggles, Mouse chooses to be kind and learns that, sometimes, your job isn’t your most important responsibility. The book also includes activities for parents and kids to continue learning about kindness together. Debut author Sophia R. Tyler hopes to reintroduce the timeless message of the Golden Rule to young children. Currently a senior at Hope College, Sophia will begin the Master of Social Work program at the University of Denver in Fall 2023.

All the Time Series by Deborah Farmer Kris

i love you all the time

Recently featured on OprahDaily, Deborah Farmer Kris’ (PBS Parent’s consultant and national columnist for NPR’s Mind/Shift) children’s picture book series is a delightful must-read for caregivers and kids. Helping to navigate the big changing emotions in our rapid world with the consistent and grounding message of love and understanding – Kris’ beautifully illustrated, silly and uplifting new titles are built upon years of experience from the writer as a child development specialist and mother.

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