Summer is right around the corner and we know you are looking for fun ways to keep your kids entertained and engaged while they are out of school. Here are four activity and book pairings to keep the fun, and the reading, going all summer long.


Read a book with your kids about color, like Blue VS Yellow by Tom Sullivan or The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Pick up a tie-dye kit at your local craft store and experiment with mixing primary colors to make something brand new!


Read If Everybody Did by Jo Ann Stover or The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen and illustrated by Elaine Greenstein and talk with your kids about the importance of giving back to your community, those in need or our environment. Volunteer together to clean up a local watershed, help out at an animal shelter or pitch in at a food bank.

Exploring Outdoors

Check out a few nature books, like Backyard Birding for Kids by Frank Lee and Survival Kids: A Practical Guide to Wilderness Survival by Denise Long, from your local library. Your librarian will even be able to point you in the direction of some local wildlife guides, as well. Take them to your local park and search for matching birds, flowers and trees. Pick up a birdhouse kit, like this one, at your local hardware store to encourage more birds to your own backyard. Test out your survival skills with a day outdoors, you don’t have to go far.

Dream Vacation

Even if you can’t take your dream vacation, you and your kids can plan it! Check out some travel books, pull out some maps (or google earth) and make a plan for the Sahara, Italy or even outer space. Make up a budget, pick out flights, hotels and activities for your destination. The Lonely Planet for Kids offers an entire series of books that cover language, culture and landmarks around the world. Start planning today.