Summer reads for kids 1


Summer is a wonderful time of year for kids to enjoy the pleasures of reading. There are books to learn from, to instill creativity or those to just enjoy without pressures of deadlines or homework. Here are some perfect books for kids, ages eight through fourteen, to help pass their lazy days in the sun or while traveling. The first five books feature books published by Klutz. The wonderful thing about these books is that they are packaged with kits that include the necessary materials needed to build the items featured on the cover, along with easy-to-follow instructions. The rest of the books provide excellent reads perfect for those long hot summer days.

Harry Potter Paper Flyers: Build & Fly 11 Creatures & Characters includes eleven colorful flyers ready to be constructed and with easy step-by-step instructions. This kit showcases Harry Potter, Hedwig the snowy owl, several dragons and more. Once these are made, they all will fly and produce more fun than imaginable.

Sew Mini Animals (More than 12 Animal Plushes to Stitch & Stuff) is a kit made of of an assortment of materials that kids will be proud to make and show off. The kits include embroidery needles, felt, stuffing, patterns and more. The animals that can be made include an owl, hedge hog, fox and panda. There are extra accessories included such as hats, bows and glasses to make your animal according to your desires.

The Klutz Book of Knots is an all-inclusive kit that teaches how to tie the most renowned rope hitches, ties, wraps and knots. Two nylon cords, which are each colored to match the illustrations, are both tied through each page. These pages are sturdy board pages and make access to learning easier as the reader can practice on each page. This book kit would be perfect for Cub or Boy Scouts. The book comes with four feet of nylon chord and eight die cut practice pages.

My Super Sweet Scented Sketchbook is a perfect kit that will travel in car, boat or plane. The sketchbook is filled with kid-friendly drawings that kids will be enticed to complete. Each double-page spread has a theme that is incomplete, waiting for the reader to complete it. These pages include creating unique sundaes, animals and people. The kit includes four scented markers, 62 pages that include 25 activity pages and a black mini marker.

Watercolor Crush is the perfect segue for young artists to move beyond coloring. This kit includes seven paints in a palate of rainbow colors, a paintbrush and a mixing tray. But most impressive are the tips and tricks of how to use watercolor effectively. The pictures to paint are wondrous!  They practically beg a young, or old, artist to paint each of the eighteen pages!

Star Wars Galactic Maps (An Illustrated Atlas of the Star Wars Universe), by Emil Fortune, and breathtakingly illustrated with tremendous detail by Tim McDonagh, is an over-sized book that will encourage one to take hours pouring over the open page spreads. This Graf Archive is extensive and opens a universe of imagination as you learn the multiple layers of stars and their inhabitants throughout every sector of this galaxy. This is the type of book that will draw in readers and non-readers alike and fill them with creative ecstasy.

Which is Worse: Creative Questions to Ask Your Friends, is the perfect book to take on a car trip with your family. The questions asked are simple and always present two situations for all to ponder and then decide.  Some questions are crazy, others are thoughtful and all demand an answer.  What makes this such a fun family book is that there will more questions asked by family members as well as much discussion as to why one would be worse than another.

The Borrowers (A Complete Set Compilation), by Mary Norton, contains all five of these classics in one large book. These stories were first written many years ago and have recently been reissued. The stories all circle around the miniature Clock family that live underneath the floor of a regular family.

Hogwarts Library, by J. K. Rowling, is a set of three brilliantly written books, including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beetle the Bard. The illustrations are wonderful and are drawn by the author.