Hooray! Summer is almost here! Whether you and your family plan to spend the next few months traveling to exotic places, basking on a tropical beach or simply enjoying the occasional backyard BBQ, summer is the best time to rest, relax and read. For this reason, books are as essential as sunscreen.
But with so many books to choose from, selecting something to read can be challenging, especially for children. When this happens, some adult guidance can go a long way. One fun way parents can help is by suggesting a theme. Pick out books with your kids on topics such as animals, sports, nature, camping or travel. Be creative!
“Opposites” is a theme that I particularly like to use. In this case, have your children look for two books, each with opposite words in the titles. Some examples you might consider are–up and down, in and out, north and south or rich and poor. To get you started, here’s a list of books I came up with using the opposites hot and cold.
Here are some “hot” and “cold” selections for younger readers:
- “The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog” by Mo Willems
- “Hot Wheels: Race to Win” by Ace Landers
- “Little Red Hot” by Eric A. Kimmel
- “Hot Rod Hamster Meets his Match!” by Cynthia Lord
- “Hot Fudge” by James Howe
- “Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day” by Jean Van Leeuwen
- “Cold Snap” by Eileen Spinelli
- “Colors in the Cold” by various authors
- “My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood” by Tameka Fryer Brown
Older kids will enjoy these “hot” and “cold” titles:
- “Help, I’m in Hot Lava” by Geronimo Stilton
- “The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies, and Other Warped and Creepy Tales” by David Lubar
- “Hot Spot” by Carl Bowen
- “My Life as a Smashed Burrito With Extra Hot Sauce” by Bill Myers
- “Slivka: The Cold-Hearted Curse” by Adam Blade
- “Dumbness Is a Dish Best Served Cold” by Jamie Kelly
- “Captain Cold’s Arctic Eruption” by Jane B. Mason
- “Cold as Ice” by Sarah Mlynowski
- “Cold Cereal” by Adam Rex
- “Cold Shoulder Road” by Joan Aiken