• Meghan Simonie

Summer Reading {Starting Little Ones Early}

At the risk of sounding like a first time, millennial mom, my daughter and I fully plan on getting through her Kindergarten book list. Some of the books we own, others we have found at our local library. But, to help all of you decide whether you would like to make your way through all 100 books or not (yes, I said 100), I’ll start reviewing them here! 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Bill Martin Jr.)

A true favorite since she was young. It’s easy and sing-song like rhythm helps her follow along but is short enough to hold her attention.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Bill Martin Jr.)

This author clearly has a theme. Because of his rhythm and pattern, Maddie was able to remember the story. She now reads the story to me exactly as I read it to her just from looking at the pictures.


Caps for Sale (Esphyr Slobodkina)

I have to admit I was hesitant to read this book to Maddie at first. I did a little judging a book by its cover. It was very old and I was a little worried she would get bored. But, I was instantly impressed by this book. Not only did it peak her interest, but she actually started giggling at the silliness of the book. After I finished the first read of the book, she asked to read it back to me. She could summarize it pretty well after hearing it just once. The repetition of the story helped her remember and repeat.


Curious George (Hans Rey)

I’m not sure if we have been spoiled by the PBS cartoon version of Curious George and therefore there has been some distance between the original book, but I didn’t remember it being so… rough. The book starts out with George being snatched up from his natural habitat by the ‘man in the yellow hat’, placing George in a sack, and making George quite sad. Kind of tough to read to my toddler. Throughout the book, George gets into his normal amounts of trouble due to his curiosity but eventually ends up at his happy home at the zoo.

My recommendation is maybe to read a watered down version like this one:


Good Night, Gorilla (Peggy Rathmann)

While we enjoyed this book and the pictures were very vivid and beautifully done, I had to make up more of the story. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fine with using my imagination and letting my daughter do the same to go along with the pictures. But, she’s starting to get smart to the fact that words are missing from pages… she knows when I’m making stuff up. Overall a very cute book, just more pictures than words.


Have you read any of the first 5 books we choose to read from our 100 books to read before kindergarten list? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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