Heart-Mind Summer Reading List for Children

Beat the heat and nurture Heart-Mind Well-Being with these great summer reads for kids 8 and under.

Download the Summer 2022 Heart-Mind Children's Reading List here. 

As the temperature climbs, cool down and connect while reading a story together from the Summer 2022 Heart-Mind Children's Reading List. The books on this list will provide you with thoughtful and fun stories to share with children in pre-K to grade 3. Each list has a coloured heart with it to indicate the Heart-Mind quality present in the story. Use the stories to teach social and emotional skills, but also let the stories take you and your audience to new adventurous places!

Reading aloud to children–even those old enough to read to themselves–deepens learning, improves resilience, and helps kids navigate the world. Other reasons to make reading together a summer tradition include:

1. Being kind to the environment (and your budget) by travelling in mind and spirit, letting stories transport you and your child instead of taking to the actual roads or skies.

2. Fostering a family culture of purposeful rest through retreating to a dedicated reading spot such as a DIY table hammock, under a shady tree, or in an indoor or outdoor reading fort.

3. Boosting literacy to support back-to-school readiness and prevent a summer slide in reading skills.

Download and share the Summer 2022 Heart-Mind Children's Reading List today!

“In fact, if you give children 15 books each summer of their own choosing for four years in a row, you can actually eliminate the ‘summer slide,’” she told CTVNews.ca over the phone. “It’s just a little thing.”

  • Secure and Calm

    Secure and calm describes the ability to take part in daily activities and approach new situations without being overwhelmed with worries, sadness or anxiety. To be secure and calm also means being able to cope with stress and pressure, and to bounce back from difficulties.
  • Gets Along with Others

    Getting along with others is the ability to form positive and healthy relationships with peers and adults. Children with better abilities to regulate their emotions and behaviours have more friends and experience more positive playtime with their peers.
  • Alert and Engaged

    Being alert and engaged is the ability to manage and direct one's own feelings, thoughts and emotions. In general, the ability to be 'present' and to exercise self-control.
  • Compassionate and Kind

    Being compassionate and kind is closely related to empathy. While empathy refers more generally to the ability to take the perspective of and to feel the emotions of another person, compassion goes one step further.
  • Solves Problems Peacefully

    Managing conflict effectively is about creating an atmosphere where violence and aggression are not likely. To resolve conflict means using empathy, problem-solving skills, understanding other points of view and coming up with ways to make things right in a fair way.