Nicole Says…Read these books to your kids!

By Nicole McManus

Spring is in the air, which means summer is just around the corner. These three books are a fun way to bring the love of reading and nature to life. Filled with activities for parents, grandparents and children, these books will become lifelong favorites. I hope the whole family enjoys reading them, as well as exploring nature and making memories!

The Wise Animal Handbook(South Carolina Edition)

by Kate B. Jerome

These adorable photographs of animals, help teach young children life lessons. This interactive book encourages parents and kids to read together and do together. After learning and laughing, there are pull out coloring pages featuring South Carolina’s state animals. Each of these contains a paragraph with details of when each animal was elected to represent the state.

Seashells by the Seashore

by Marianne Berkes

Illustrated by Robert Noreika

Sue is out on the beach looking for seashells. She finds twelve different shells with the help of her brother and his friend. They are gathering the special items for a very special person.

Marianne Berkes provides an excellent learning opportunity for children, as each page lists twelve different shells. Each shell is further described in detail, and there is a waterproof tear out page for the family to take to the beach. The sing-song rhythm and beautiful pictures will delight young readers.

Turtle Summer: A Journal for my Daughter

by Mary Alice Monroe

Pictures by Barbara J. Bergwerf

Mary Alice Monroe recounts spending summers with her daughter watching out for sea turtles. Created to be a scrap book, the pages are filled with photographs and sketches. Children will be able to learn about female turtles and their nesting habits. This interactive journal allows readers an insider’s view of the life of a turtle lady. Fun facts, quizzes and helpful tips are included in the back of the book. This is a fun read for people of all ages who are interested in learning more about sea turtles.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus

    Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at

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