The weather is getting warmer and kids are dreaming of summer vacation. It’s almost time to hang up those backpacks and turn off screens. Sesame Street has rounded up some of their favorite reading recommendations to take your little ones on new adventures whether at home or on the road. 

“Children everywhere are preparing to start in-person pre-K and kindergarten — many for the first time! — and reading together over the summer is a wonderful way for families to practice important school readiness skills at home,” said Gabriela Arenas, Vice President of Licensing, North America, at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street. “With books like these and a little help from everyone’s favorite furry monsters, summer playtime can be fun and educational, too.”

Play at Home with Elmo

This book is packed with games and activities to help children and families get creative at home. From a “Letter Hunting” scavenger hunt that helps kids practice their alphabet to a “Mystery Box” that turns everyday objects into a sensory guessing game, the ideas in Play at Home with Elmo will spark countless playful learning opportunities. 

Elmo is Mindful

Our favorite furry red friend offers helpful suggestions for dealing with difficult emotions. Filled with color photographs and illustrations of Elmo and his Sesame Street friends, this oversized board book teaches simple techniques to help young children stay calm and focused: belly breathing, counting exercises, self-hugging, and more. Elmo is Mindful is perfect for parents and caregivers to read together with their children, offering a starting point to talk about those big feelings.

Just One You!

This multicultural book features various characters from Sesame Workshop’s international shows, helps young readers recognize that everyone is one of a kind and that differences make the world an even more wonderful place! Filled with fun illustrations and inspiring text, this book helps children celebrate diversity.

I’m Ready to Read with Big Bird

Featuring silly sounds and character voices reading the story aloud, the book encourages young readers to follow along and identify letters and words while they listen.