boy reading in pool

Getting Kids Reading: Caught in the Act … of READING!

Best Books for Kids for Summer Reading

I am firing up the Caught in the Act … of Reading! posts for the summer to do my part in getting kids to read and identifying books to read to kids including some great read out loud books.

If you send me a photo of your child reading, I’ll send you a book. If I can discern what your child is reading in the picture, or better yet, you tell me, then I’ll even try to match up a book that I think your child will enjoy.

Thank you to everyone who sent me photos! How is your summer reading going? Do any of these books help you select some summer reading material for your kids? What are you reading with your kids? Please share!


Hi Mia,
Here are a few pics.  B loves reading to the dogs. I have the older boys books that they have made in the past under the table. He just goes and opens the box and starts reading.
Also, I have attached a picture of an AmAZING book cover. It about being a bucket filler. Not sure if you have heard of it or seen it before?



Have You Filled Your Bucket Today by Carol McCloud, illustrated by David Messing

Through simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well-being of others and ourselves.

boy reading with dog

girl reading with toddler in her lap


boy reading in pool
Hi There,
I was going through some old pictures and came across this one of my son, 10 at the time, who I caught reading in the pool. He was not an avid reader so it was really great to see him reading at all!
p.s. Save a buck on a book! Visit the online educational thrift store at
Her son is reading Stop Snowing on My Secretary by Charles M. Schultz. (I blew up the photo to read the title.)
It’s out of print so here’s a substitute:
My Anxieties Have Anxieties by Charles M Schultz
Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000 (the day after Schulz’s death), continuing in reruns afterward. The strip is considered to be one of the most popular and influential in the history of the medium, with 17,897 strips published in all. At its peak, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages.
My mom sent me a link to your blog and said that I should send you these photos of my kids reading! 🙂 We had just hit our library book sale so they all had something good to read on the long ride home (5min).  I blogged about it here:
Your blog is great and I’m definitely going to take some time to look through your archives! You’re amazing!
From L to R:
Catherine is reading a Boxcar Children book, The Mystery of the Lost Village 
Someone steals artifacts from a Navajo reservation.
Seth is reading You’re Only Old Once! by Dr. Seuss
If laughter is the best medicine, then You’re Only Old Once! is a delightful new defense against aging. Anyone who has ever submitted to a battery of medical tests will empathize with Dr. Seuss’s Everyman as we follow him through his checkup with the experts at the Golden Years Clinic. From the initial Eyesight and Solvency Test through all the stops along Stethoscope Row to finally being “properly pilled” and “properly billed,” Dr. Seuss lightens the aches and pains of growing old with his inimitable wit and wisdom. A perfect gift for anyone over 50!
I’m not sure what Penny is reading (she’s 1). She reads whatever we hand to her. . . haha
Juliet is reading the Usborne Book of Mermaids
Stories of Mermaids (Usborne Young Reading: Series One)
Joseph is reading Dinosaur Cove: Attack of the Tyrannosaurus
A new series for dino-loving adventurers!Tom and Jamie can’t believe their luck when they find a secret entrance to a prehistoric world filled with dinosaurs!The first dinosaur they meet is a friendly wannanosaurus. It eats the fruit from super-stinky ginkgo trees. But soon, Tom and Jamie meet a much less friendly dino: a Tyrannosaurus Rex that would like to eat them!
Eli is reading a Magic School Bus book about undersea life
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus titles in paperback. With updated scientific information, the bestselling science series ever is back!When Ms. Frizzle drives the Magic School Bus full speed ahead into the ocean, the class takes a submarine expedition that’s anything but ordinary. With a well-meaning lifeguard in tow, the class takes a deep breath and learns about hot water vents, coral reefs, plant and animal life on the ocean floor, and more!
(P.S. I hadn’t even started the car when I took these photos, so I did buckle him before we left. In case anyone asks. And they will. People are weird sometimes.)
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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. What a great idea! My toddler loves having me read him books & i hope I’m helping him develop a love of reading.

    • Hi Charlene,
      Yes! You are doing the right thing. Having reading time as an enjoyable and special time WILL certainly result in developing a love of reading. Congrats on the new baby girl too!

  2. Ann

    Oh my! The last picture is awesome with all the kids reading in the car! Hope no one got car sick!

    Keep forgetting to do this. I am all the time catching my kids “in the act” and it is so priceless!
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    • Hi Ann,
      She said that she took the picture before she started the car. I imagine they all stopped reading? I hope so because I get car sick from reading in the car too, but my kids are totally fine. Must be the way your brain is wired!

  3. Mark

    Isn’t it wonderful and overwhelming when we see our kids reading on their own? Parents do play a big part in a child’s reading development.
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