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2023 Summer Reading Book Picks

Updated: Jun 2, 2023

Summer reading helps the child to retain information learned the previous year and prepares them for the critical thinking skills of the upcoming year. To get you started, we have selected some cultural reading that fits the theme of "All Together Now!" The Montessori methodology highlights grace and courtesy, and what better way than to read books about kindness, friendship and unity with people from all over the world.

  1. Sometimes People March by Tessa Allen This wonderfully illustrated book highlights moments from American history which conveys a powerful message. No matter how or why people march, they are powerful because they march together. Recommended for children ages 4 to 8 years.

  2. Peace Train by Cat Stevens Readers are invited to hop on the “Peace Train” and join its growing group of passengers who are all ready to unite the world in peace and harmony. This book features lyrics from the author’s iconic song and inspires tolerance and love for people of all cultures and identities. Recommended for children ages 2 to 8 years.

  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling The first book in a best-selling series of seven certainly earned its place among the classics. An eleven year old orphaned boy is rescued from the neglectful care of his aunt and uncle to discover the power of friendship and acceptance in a whole new magical world. Recommended for ages 9 to 12 years.

  4. A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang A beautifully illustrated book which explores some of life’s difficult topics such as loss and grief. Readers are invited to experience the changes going on in a young Hmong girl’s life as she settles into a new home and discovers the importance of family, love and friendship. Recommended for ages 5 to 9 years.

  5. World In Between: Based on a True Refugee Story by Kenan Trebincevic This non-fiction tale introduces readers to a 12 year old boy who found himself trapped with his family inside their home in war torn Bosnia with little food and water to barely survive. With help from friends and some strangers, the book explores their journey to the United States as refugees. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.

  6. The Kindness Book by Todd Parr This book is penned by a beloved New York Times bestselling author and explores the value and joy of being kind to each other. The signature bold and playful illustrations of this book makes it perfect for younger readers–even ones who are still discovering the purpose of board books! It’s never too early to introduce children to kindness and empathy. Recommended for ages 2 to 6 years.

  7. Amy Wu and the Warm Welcome by Kat Zhang Being a new kid in school is understandably intimidating for any young child, so when a new student named Lin from China is introduced to her class, Amy tries her best to give him a warm welcome with her friends. When she couldn’t coax him out of his shell, she discovers more about his family and bands together with classmates to make sure that Lin feels welcome at his new school. Recommended for ages 3 to 8 years.

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