Summer 2020: Books Featuring Games and Sports for Preschoolers

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Read these fun books, then find great ideas for play activities in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

  • Someone Bigger

    2004 by Emmett, Jonathan

    I love how after being told again and again that he's not big enough to hold the kite, this little boy is the one who saves the day. Recommended by Gudrun

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  • Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug

    2016 by Kuhlman, Evan

    You can find friends to play with in the most unusual places. It might even be a little pill bug that lives under a rock. Recommended by Gudrun

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  • Unstoppable Me

    2019 by Verde, Susan

    There is nothing better than play for this energetic little boy. The illustrations capture the energy of a toddler perfectly. Recommended by Gudrun

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  • Play This Book

    2018 by Young, Jessica

    Use your imagination to strum a guitar, play a piano, beat on the drums, and more in this colorful and fun book. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • How Do You Dance?

    2019 by Heder, Thyra

    Get ready to jump, bop, bouce, wiggle, and shake. All forms of dance and movement are celebrated and encouraged in this groovin' book. Recommended by Katie

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  • Let's Play!

    2016 by Tullet, Hervé

    Reading is already great fun, but what about a book you can play with? Follow the dot! Recommended by Caitlin

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  • My Best Friend

    2020 by Fogliano, Julie

    Two girls meet at the park and play all day. Best friends forever, or at least until it's time to go home. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Roar Like a Dandelion

    2019 by Krauss, Ruth

    This playful book has adorable illustrations and delightful suggestions of things to do or imagine while you are reading. Let's all sit in the sun and shine! Recommended by Lorrie

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  • Peek-a-Moo!

    1998 by Cimarusti, Marie Torres

    Babies and toddlers will love this delightful twist on the well-loved game of peek-a-boo. As they lift the flaps within this generously sized, sturdy book, they see the faces of barnyard friends and can practice animal sounds. Recommended by Laura

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  • Waiting for Pumpsie

    2018 by Wittenstein, Barry

    Four- and 5-year-olds will love this story of baseball and civil rights. It's 1959, and Bernard is a Black baseball fan who doesn't see anyone who looks like him on his team, the Boston Red Sox. Enter Pumpsie Green, and things begin to change. Recommended by Mary

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  • My Dad Is the Best Playground

    2012 by Powell, Luciana Navarro

    Sure, a trip to the park is fun, but can anything really beat an accommodating grown up? Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Friday Night Wrestlefest

    2020 by Fox, Jennifer

    I love the pictures and the fun in this cute and funny book about a family being silly together. My favorite part: when the wrestlefest becomes a nestlefest. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Stretch

    2009 by Cronin, Doreen

    Who wouldn't want to do yoga moves with this playful, limber pup? This story exercises both the body and the imagination. Check out Wiggle by the same author! Recommended by Laura

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