Summer reading time with the Children’s Museum

It’s time for summer reading, and the Children’s Museum is here to help! Here are some great children’s books inspired by your favorite exhibits here at the museum! Dig into these books while you’re waiting for your next trip to the Children’s Museum!


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

By: Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle

This book is a classic, just like our Nature Walk exhibit. Through this delightful picture book children practice their colors as well as their animal names. So next time they are in the museum they will be ready to point out all their favorite creatures!


Magic Tree House Series 

By: Mary Pope Osborne

As you enter the Nannie’s Travels room, suddenly the whole world opens up. Artifacts and art from a vast variety of countries expose children to the wonder of their cultures and histories. You can further their curiosity about far off places and long ago times by handing them a Magic Tree House book. Early chapter book readers (Ages 6-8) can follow Jack and Annie on daring adventures as their tree house lands them on the Titanic the night it sank, or following in the footsteps of a ninja in ancient Japan. There’s a time and place in history for every young reader!


Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 

By: Mo Willems

Buster the Bus, who sits in our Carousel room, allows every kid who comes in the museum to try their hand at being a bus driver, but not Pigeons! This adorably hilarious picture book written and illustrated by Mo Willems tells the tale of one stubborn pigeon whose only wish is to drive the bus, exactly what the driver warned the readers not to let happen.


How do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? 

By: Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

Our Science Station is just filled with dinosaurs, from a life size T. Rex head looking down on our dig site, to our Allosaurus and Parasaurolophus. With this book, and the other Dinosaur books by Jane Yolen, kids can creatively imagine how dinosaurs would interact with one another. Readers are asked questions like, “If a dinosaur’s friends come to play? Does he mope; does he pout if he can’t get his way?” Once kids know how a good dinosaur acts, they can play with them themselves in our exhibit!


Theater Shoes

By Noel Streatfeild

Older readers (Recommended for Ages 8-12) will be inspired to take the spotlight in our Kids on Stage Room after reading Theater Shoes. This enchanting story introduces three young orphans, forced to enter theater school by their grandmother. Despite their resistance, each of these gifted children find that they have more talent than they possibly could have imagined.


The Crayon Box that Talked

By: Shane DeRolf

There’s usually a lot of noise coming from our Art Room as kids enthusiastically show off their arts and crafts. But In this book there’s one more noise coming from the Art Room: the Crayons are fighting! They just can’t get along and they all believe their color is best! Not only will kids learn their colors in this beautifully illustrated book, but they will understand the importance of getting along and appreciating others’ differences.


Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site 

By: Sherri Duskey Rinker & Tom Lightenheld

For our last Children’s Museum inspired children’s book, this adorable #1 New York Times best seller is the perfect introduction to our newest changing gallery: Construction Zone, debuting September 29th. As the bulldozer and the dump truck all head off to bed, young kids are reminded that you need a good night’s sleep in order to have a fun, constructive day of play!