Dream Big and Inspire Play: 4 Books for Summer Fun

Whether your kiddos love to dive into a good book under a shady tree or get their hands dirty playing, there’s something on this list for every summer fun seeker.

Marcus Makes a Movie by Kevin Hart and Geoff Rodkey (Starting at $13.59, Crown Books for Young Readers, Ages 8–12)

Teaching our kids to follow their dreams, no matter how big or small, is crucial to helping them conquer their goals. This hilarious and fun read from actor and comedian Kevin Hart follows Marcus as he brings his creative goals to life and teaches your littles that they can, too.

Mud Kitchen Crafts: 60 Awesome Ideas for Epic Outdoor Play by Sophie Pickles (Starting at $21.99, Page Street Publishing, Co., Ages 2–7)

Getting your hands dirty has never been so fun with these 60 crafts and activities for your backyard adventures. Just add mud for an afternoon of exploring textures and colors right outside your doors.

Flight of the Puffin by Ann Braden (Starting at $14.97, Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 9–12)

Want to inspire empathy, bravery, and goodwill in your kids? Introduce them to this vibrant story about how a little act of kindness can affect a whole community. This book helps kids understand that they aren’t alone in the world and that together they can make it through hard things.

The Easiest Kids’ Crafts Ever: Cute & Colorful Quick-Prep Projects for Busy Families by Jacinta Sagona (Starting at $14.99, Page Street Publishing, Ages 6–12)

No need to hit the craft store for these fun activities. Instead you can create hours of enjoyment using materials you already have. When you want to fill those hot days with screen-free projects, this book will offer you endless ideas and simple how-to guidance.