Books for kids to enjoy this summer

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Books for kids to enjoy this summer

(StatePoint) Whether you are heading out of town on vacation or sticking around the neighborhood pool, kids need diversions in summer. Take some time to restock kids’ bookshelves with great reads.

“All kids love books, even if they’re too little to read. For babies and toddlers, choose kid-sized books full of bright photos that they will love looking at again and again. There’s so much research showing how important reading is for a child’s development. You can build on it by making the experience fun for parents and their children,” says Rachel Barry, vice president of marketing and publicity at DK, a publisher of adult and children’s books.

For preschoolers, consider these new titles.

Fun at the farm: Cushioned, bumpy and shiny pages encourage sensory development, language skills, and early reading skills. As part of DK’s Touch and Feel Series, “Really Feely: Farm” also introduces babies and toddlers to a favorite pre-school subject: farm animals, including fluffy ducklings, woolly sheep and a bristly pig.

Learning adventure: Help build your baby’s identification and language skills. In “100 First Words,” photography and labels introduce primary concepts like shapes, colors and animals, and encourage pointing, naming and talking.

Favorite Animals: A classic board book, “Baby Touch & Feel: Animals” helps children develop their knowledge of animals while increasing the use of their senses. Babies will meet puppies, kittens, penguins and other animals throughout the pages of this book that features photographs and touch-and-feel textures.

Pop-Up Surprises: For children who love farm animals, consider an interactive book featuring flaps, touch-and-feel textures and incredible pop-out surprises. Promoting memory, imagination and parent-and-child interaction, “Pop-Up Peekaboo: Farm” enhances the reading experience.

Feel the Love: Celebrate love and promote sensory development and early language skills with this USA Today Bestseller, “Baby Touch & Feel: I Love You,” which features soft bunnies, fuzzy teddy bears, sparkly hearts and more.

More kids’ books that can make the summer season fun can be found at

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