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Summer Reading Lists for Preschoolers and Kids Ages 2-7

Patch has teamed up with James Patterson’s READKIDDOREAD program to bring you reading lists for every age. If you’re looking for some great summer reading options, check out this list of The Best Illustrated books from James Patterson.

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  • "Shark vs. Train" by Chris Barton, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld: Who do you think will win, Shark or Train?
  • "Blackout" by John Rocco: A summer blackout can actually be a great party!
  • "Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories" by Laura Vaccaro Seeger: Read about the adventures of best friends, Dog and Bear.
  • "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" by Mo Willems: What happens when a pigeon volunteers to drive a bus? An engaging story in question and answer format where you can decide his fate.
  • "Extra Yarn" by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen: Turns out that an ordinary box with ordinary yarn isn’t ordinary at all.
  • "No, David!" by David Shannon: What happens when little David does everything that his mother tells him not to do?
  • "Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina: A timeless classic about the ways in which a peddler tries to outwit a band of monkeys.
  • "Doctor De Soto" by William Steig: Doctor De Soto is a great dentist and treats only gentle animals. But what happens when the fox has a toothache? Will kindhearted Doctor De Soto turn him away?
  • "Horton Hatches the Egg" by Dr. Seuss: The whole jungle is talking about Horton the elephant, who’s just hatched an egg.

The ReadKiddoRead program features bestselling author James Patterson’s picks for the summer. Find reviews of these books and more in the Illustrated Reads section of ReadKiddoRead.com.

Did you have fun reading these books with your kids? Were your kids engaged with the stories? Are there other books that should make it to the list? Share your reading experiences with us and post a comment below!

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