We’ve been searching all summer for books that encapsulate this season for us. Today we’re sharing the third post in our series on summer reading for kids. Today’s choices are again brought to you by Bean.
Surf’s Up was the first book we ever reviewed on Lu and Bean Read, and for good reason. It had our whole family rolling on the floor laughing together (after we figured out how to master our Surfer Dude voices). This is a fast read about two frog friends named Dude and Bro, who get into a serious debate about whether reading books or going surfing is cooler. I’ll give you one guess which activity wins.
Lu and Bean received My Garden as a gift from their aunt Jennica when they were toddlers. Over the years we have culled the book shelves many times, but this one still makes the cut. A girl spends the summer gardening with her mother. In her garden, special things like chocolate bunnies and seashells grow. Is it real or is it all in her imagination? It’s up to you to decide.
When I created the Summer Book Hunt, I was imagining that we would find a book about a louder sport—maybe waterskiing or wakeboarding. But Bean chose this quiet book about a mother and son canoeing while they observe what happens Over and Under the Pond. It’s a book about exploring nature and about the ecosystem that’s working around us whether we can see it or not. If you like this book, check out the others in the series: Over and Under the Snow and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt.
Bean chose this book because it’s about “learning how to make the world prettier.” Indeed, the subtitle of Maybe Something Beautiful is How Art Transformed a Neighborhood. This is the fictionalized story of the book’s illustrator, Rafael Lopez, and his work to create community-based murals throughout a once drab San Diego neighborhood. It’s now called the Urban Art Trail. Read how this book inspired a group of Minneapolis kids to create their own mural in this guest post from last year by Erin Kelly-Collins.
We’ve had What Makes a Rainbow for so long that its ribbons are all torn and it no longer actually makes a rainbow. This “magic ribbon book” teaches kids colors by introducing one at a time, correlating the color with an animal, and repeating the color name several times on each spread. It’s also tactile—each time a color is introduced, a new ribbon magically appears on the page. Just don’t let them pull too hard or you’ll end up with a tattered copy like ours.