It’s that time of year – Summer book time! Our sweet little 6-month-old is really getting into books. He loves to try turning the pages and stuff them into his mouth. It’s great! If you’re in a similar faze and want some REALLY GOOD books for Summer, here are a few favorites that are going on our shelves!

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1. Smile! by Roberta Grobel Intrater

I’ve been doing some research on how to help children develop empathy and reading is a huge part of that. Allowing your child to see other characters and people feel emotions is very important, which is why this book is great! It allows your baby to see other children and understand that different people have different experiences, look different, and feel different emotions.

2. Let’s Have a Picnic! by Hunter Reid

The colors! The design! WOW – this Summer board book is so fun and interesting for little brains to explore. The simple story also makes it an easy read with a tiny human that doesn’t understand reading quite yet.

3. Hello, World! Ocean Life by Jill McDonald

Our little water baby needs to learn all about the ocean and the world around him! So this book is a great start. The bright colors and fun illustrations instantly grasp his short attention span. And has THE best facts! Like, did you know that an octopus has three hearts, blue blood, nine brains, and no bones!?

4. Let’s Count Butterflies by Susan. Stoltz

I’m a total sucker for “educational” books. So a book that has gorgeous illustrations AND counts? Win-win. Learning one to one correspondence is so important for little kiddos and this book does a great job of supporting that skill.

5. Opposites by Xavier Deneux

Again – educational? YES, PLEASE. I’m pretty obsessed with this book for Lachlan. The images are all raised or embedded in the pages so it’s perfect for tiny, exploitative, hands. And another plus – the simple images are completely adorable.

6. First Words by Jane Foster

I love most of Jane Foster’s books and this one is no exception. It’s full of bright, simple pictures and words. Especially words that have a lot of meaning to little minds!

7. Father’s Day Books

I completely stole this idea from Val at Lovely Lucky Life. For her husband’s first Father’s Day, she bought him a collection of “Dad” books! This idea is so fun and sweet… and the best way to add some quality books to your home library. I snagged the four sweet titles below. I’m especially loving Because I’m Your Dad. It’s so cute and ideal for my silly husband.

So what books are you enjoying this Summer? I’d love to hear! Comment below or join the conversation over on my Instagram account!

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