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#LibrarianCorner | Summer Reading for the Little Ones

By Clair Wain, Early Childhood Librarian at SCIS Hongqiao 

The summer holiday is perfect for diving into books! Sharing books and stories is not just about learning to read, it is about relationships, both between adults and children as they read together and between children and those characters they meet in the text. Books must light in children that flame of literature's love which will burn throughout their lives. Books can spark that passion and children can develop not only as readers but as lovers of stories and active participants in the most human of experiences. There are so many good quality books available, it is hard to choose! Here are a few suggestions for your early-years children to explore. 



By Antoinette Portis 

Ages 3-6 

Froodle by Antoinette Portis is a beautiful tale that celebrates creativity and individuality. Through lively illustrations and playful language, readers learn about the power of imagination and the joy of embracing your uniqueness. This book sparks discussions about self-expression, diversity, and the importance of embracing differences. Antoinette Portis has written several books including, Not a Box, Not a Stick, and Best Frints in the Whole Universe, which are all worth reading.  


Rain Before Rainbows 

By Smriti Halls and David Litchfield 

Ages 3-6 

Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls and David Litchfield is a tender exploration of resilience and hope. Through lush illustrations and lyrical prose, readers discover the beauty that emerges after life's storms. Themes of patience, optimism, and finding joy in adversity make this a perfect catalyst for discussions on perseverance and positivity. 





Wondering Around 

By Meg Fleming 

Ages 3-6 

Wondering Around by Meg Fleming is a delightful journey of curiosity and discovery. Through charming rhymes and enchanting illustrations, readers learn about the wonders of exploration and the joy of embracing the unknown. Themes of imagination, observation, and wonder spark discussions on curiosity, creativity, and the beauty of the world around. 




The Roar 

By Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar 

Ages 3-6 

The Roar by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar is a heartwarming tale of friendship and self-expression. Through vibrant illustrations and engaging storytelling, readers learn about the power of communication and the importance of being heard. Themes of empathy, understanding, and the value of listening encourage discussions on friendship, inclusion, and diversity

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