Summer is here. What a great time to pick up a few books to read and share together with your children.

Dr Timothy Dukes has some recommendations for you, a list of books that will make for endless fun, playful, and intimate times for you and your little ones.

So here it is, in no particular order. Enjoy!

Adventures of Cow. 
Korchek, Lori & Taylor, Marshall. (2005). Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press.

This book is a favorite for children 2-4 years old.

A perfect playful story to share.

The Way Back Home. 
Jeffers, Oliver. (2007). New York: The Penguin Group, INC.

On friendship and connections and creative problem solving.

An endearing tale of a surprising friendship. A wonderful metaphor for finding friends when one least expects it.

The Day the Crayons Quit. 
Daywalt, Drew & Jeffers, Oliver. (2013). New York: The Penguin Group, Inc.

Interactive and so creative.

This is a playful and imaginative story that will bring color and crayons to life.

Wave.
Lee, Suzy. (2008). Chronicle Books: San Francisco, CA.

No words, just illustrations. Parent and child can make up their own story, and the narrative can change every time.

Once a child reads (there are no words) Wave, they will never see the ocean without remembering the many stories that were conjured as reader, listener and interpreter.

Shadow. 
Lee, Suzy. (2010). Chronicle Books: San Francisco, CA.

No words, just illustrations. Parent and child can make up their own story, and the narrative can change every time.

This wordless story gives voice to the concept of light and dark, sun and shadow, day and night. A magical arena in which to join your child.

Press Here. 
Tullet, Hervé. USA: Chronicle Kids.

NY Times best seller. Totally interactive. Your child can read it to you.

Fundamentals in a very fun context: colors, direction, magic!

Part of My Heart.
Sundy, Mike and Sansu. (2014). USA: Legbug.

A sweet story about the power of the heart.

The Invisible String.
Karst, Patrice & Geoff Stevenson. Camarillo, CA: DeVorss Publications.

Brilliant for travelling or parents living outside of the home.

This touching story lets your children know the power of your love.

The Widow’s Broom.
Van Allsburg, Chris. (1992). The Widow’s Broom. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin CO.

Who doesn’t love a Chris Van Allsburg book? Moody and haunting in illustrations, the story’s masterful twist will captivate children of all ages, as well as adults.

The Moon Rock.
Todorov, Boriana & Vladimir. (2007).  Singapore: Simply Read Books.

Children 7-10 years of age will love this book!

An epic tale with wonderful illustrations. Great for the imagination.

The Mirrorstone.
Palin, Michael, Lee, Alan, & Richard Seymour, (1986). New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

A Perfect read aloud for ages 7-10.

Enchanting to share.