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Summer Reads For Kids

Summertime may mean no more schoolbooks, but that doesn't mean there will be no more reading.

Valerie Lewis, the author of "Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children," visited The Early Show to show some summer books that she says will be great for all the kids in the family.

Lewis says she believes summertime is a time for families to read together. It's fun, she explains, to sit down with a child and share a book -- even the older kids, who are usually thought of as old enough to read on their own. Lewis says the books she selected have high interest, humor and appeal for adults as well as kids.

The reading materials Lewis recommends include:

  • "The Alphabet Room," by Sara Pinto: Baby to Pre-School
  • "Hairy Maclary From Donaldson's Dairy," by Lynley Dodd: Toddlers to 2nd Grade
  • "My Kindergarten," by Rosemary Wells: Toddlers to 2nd Grade
  • "Sidewalk Circus," by Paul Fleischman and Kevin Hawkes: Toddlers to 2nd Grade
  • "Hot Day On Abbott Avenue," by Karen English /Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe: 3rd to 4th Grade
  • "Let's Make It Pop-Up," by David Carter: 3rd to 4th Grade
  • "My Big Science Book," by Roger Priddy: 3rd to 5th Grade
  • "The Fish In Room 11," by Heather Dyer: 4th to 5th Grade
  • "Shredderman: Secret Identity," by Wendelin Van Draanen: 4th to 5th Grades
  • "The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place," by E.L. Konigsberg: 4th to 5th Grades
  • "The Fire Eaters," by David Almond: 5th Grade and up
  • "So Be. It," by Sarah Weeks: 5th Grade and up
  • "Al Capone Does My Shirts," by Gennifer Choldenko: 5th Grade and up
  • "The Supernaturalist," by Eoin Colfer: 6th Grade and up
  • "Pirates! The True and Remarkable Adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, Female Pirates," by Celia Rees: 6th Grade & up
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