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25 Best Children’s Books about Summer

25 Best Children’s Books about Summer


Now that summer is in full swing, we wanted to share our list of the 25 Best Children’s Books about Summer. Summertime is such a great time to get reading! Not being in school, your children have more free time to explore reading and fall in love with books. Reading during the summer can help them discover new favorite books, explore different genres to discover what kinds of books they like to read, and to stay on-track for the next school year.

4 Summer Reading Activities

4 Summer Reading Activities


Looking for fun ways to get your child engaged in reading this summer? Look no further. Here at Elephant Books, a subscription based-book service for kids, it is our mission to help young readers blossom and families bond over great books. In each package and on our blog, we share reading tips to help families get started and to dive deeper into reading. We are here today to share some great, highly interactive ones to try out this summer. So pick up your favorite book and try one of these out!

Meet the Author & Illustrator: Sam Hay & Sarah Massini

Meet the Author & Illustrator: Sam Hay & Sarah Massini


Sam Hay and Sarah Massini team up to create a lovely story about a boy who loves collecting precious things; however, he needs his sister’s help when they realize he must return his latest treasure. Star in the Jar is a delightful tale with illustrations that are full of imagination to enhance the story.

Books About Perseverance and Courage

Books About Perseverance and Courage


Sometimes the world can seem perplexing, confusing, even daunting when seen through the eyes of a child. Things happening in their lives can be confusing, anxiety-provoking, and uncertain. This is an area where books and story-telling can be powerful tools. Not only might reading a story take you to a completely different world and fill the day with wonderful smiles and memories, but it also might be a useful tool for inspiring courage, perseverance, and bravery in tough situations.

Reading Tip: Sounding Out Words

Reading Tip: Sounding Out Words


One of the things we feel makes Elephant Books so special is the Reading Tips we provide in each package. Inspired by our quest to promote a love of reading among families, they are meant to aid parents and children in interacting with the books we send and in building good literacy skills. In this spirit, we’ve expanded some of our tips to encourage parents to explore different approaches to reading. This month, we’re discussing Strategies for Sounding out Words.

Meet the Author: Julia Patton

Meet the Author: Julia Patton


Julia Patton is our May Author of the Month. Her creative journey began when she was very small after receiving an enormous cardboard box for her birthday overflowing with art materials from a dear aunt. She continued her creative pathway studying MA in Illustration from Edinburgh University where she discovered and fell in love with picture books, an intoxicating world where pictures and words collide.

Meet the Author: Neil Clark

Meet the Author: Neil Clark


Our April Author of the Month is a self described music-loving, star-gazing creative, who has always had a passion for design. How perfect is that description for a children’s book author and illustrator? Neil Clark was born in East Yorkshire, England. His rural upbringing fueled his playful imagination and love of storytelling. In his book, Rusty the Squeaky Robot, we meet a friendly robot that is feeling down about the way he sounds. The other robots on Planet Robotone – Belle, Twango, Hoot and Boom-Bot help show Rusty that being a little bit different is the best way to be. We hope you enjoy our interview with Neil and getting to know more about him and his wonderful book. Enjoy!

Top 10 Easter Basket Ideas

Top 10 Easter Basket Ideas


Easter’s a great time for fun celebrations with the family. This year, as you fill the baskets with all kinds of goodies, consider some different and creative ways to keep your favorite little’s entertained and happy!

15 Activities to Entertain Children at Home

15 Activities to Entertain Children at Home


With so many kids spending more time at home for their (and our) well being, it’s important to find activities to entertain and engage them. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of fifteen activities you can do at home to pass the time. Some are old favorites while others may provide unique and unusual new suggestions.

21 Classic Children’s Books for Kids Aged 1-6

21 Classic Children’s Books for Kids Aged 1-6


Friendship makes the world go around! We’ve created this list of the 20 Best Children’s Books about Friendship because books are a great way to introduce different concepts about friendship. It’s so important for your child’s social development that you talk with them about friendship. This might include what it means to be a friend, how to show a friend that you care, what forms friendships can take, and what to do when a friend stops being a good friend.