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Summer Reading Lists for Preschoolers and Kids Ages 2-7

Patch has teamed up with James Patterson’s READKIDDOREAD program to bring you reading lists for every age. If you’re looking for some great summer reading options, check out this list of The Best Illustrated books from James Patterson. These books are gea

by James Patterson

Looking for a great book to read this summer? This list of illustrated books for kids ages 2 to 7 is so much fun. Plus it includes books young readers can start to read TO you! Read one, or read ‘em all – post your thoughts in the comments. Or, if we missed your favorite book, tell us in the comments!

Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Who do you think will win, Shark or Train?

Blackout By John Rocco  
A summer blackout can actually be a great party!

Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories By Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Read about the adventures of best friends, Dog and Bear.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
What happens when a pigeon volunteers to drive a bus? An engaging story in question and answer format where you can decide his fate.

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Turns out that an ordinary box with ordinary yarn isn’t ordinary at all.

No, David! By David Shannon
What happens when little David does everything that his mother tells him not to do?

Caps for Sale By Esphyr Slobodkina
A timeless classic about the ways in which a peddler tries to outwit a band of monkeys.

Doctor De Soto By William Steig   
Doctor De Soto is a great dentist and treats only gentle animals. But what happens when the fox has a toothache? Will kindhearted Doctor De Soto turn him away?

Horton Hatches the Egg By Dr. Seuss
The whole jungle is talking about Horton the elephant, who’s just hatched an egg.

The ReadKiddoRead program features bestselling author James Patterson’s picks for the summer. Find reviews of these books and more in the Illustrated Reads section of ReadKiddoRead.com.

Did you have fun reading these books with your kids? Were your kids engaged with the stories? Are there other books that should make it to the list? Share your reading experiences with us and post a comment below!

Julie July 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I think Shark will win.
Julie July 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM
"One hot summer night in the city, all the power goes out. The TV shuts off and a boy wails, "Mommm!" His sister can no longer use the phone, Mom can't work on her computer, and Dad can't finish cooking dinner. What's a family to do? When they go up to the roof to escape the heat, they find the lights--in stars that can be seen for a change--and so many neighbors it's like a block party in the sky! On the street below, people are having just as much fun--talking, rollerblading, and eating ice cream before it melts. The boy and his family enjoy being not so busy for once. They even have time to play a board game together. When the electricity is restored, everything can go back to normal . . . but not everyone likes normal. The boy switches off the lights, and out comes the board game again. "
Julie July 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM
"Using a combination of panels and full bleed illustrations that move from color to black-and-white and back to color, John Rocco shows that if we are willing to put our cares aside for a while, there is party potential in a summer blackout."
Julie July 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
A frisky dachshund and a slightly timid stuffed bear are best friends!
Bethany July 11, 2012 at 03:20 PM
"When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place —- a pigeon! But you’ve never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler’s temper tantrum. "

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