Now that the 4th of July is over, it’s time to get busy on your child’s summer reading list for school. Don’t wait until August to cram in reading time for the required number of books. There are plenty of popular choices newly released that will entertain and delight your son or daughter. Better yet, make it a family affair by reading a selection together. To help you get started, here are five hot picks available in stores and online from some of your favorite book publishers.
Patient for Pumpkins by Linda L. Knoll highlights the need for eating local fruits and vegetables to support our own communities. T.J. and his dad make frequent trips to the local famers’ market throughout the year to enjoy the seasonal produce. With each visit, T.J. is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the autumnal pumpkins. Included in this picture book recommended for kids ages 4-8 is the life cycle of a pumpkin plus a handy checklist of common fruits and vegetables found at most farmers’ markets.
Back to School, Weird Kids Rule! by New York Times bestselling author Dan Gutman, Jim Paillot (illustrator) is a My Weird School Special release. If you are not familiar with this series, you must check it out. AJ and Andrea are two hilarious kids who attend “Ella Mentry School” along with their hilarious friends and zany teachers. In this special edition, when a hurricane cuts short AJ’s family vacation, Andrea’s mom offers to take them in. The My Weird School series is recommended for kids ages 6-10.
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The Never Girls: A Pinch of Magic by New York Times bestselling author Kiki Thorpe, Jana Christy (illustrator) is the seventh installment of this super popular series having sold over one million copies. Recommend for ages 6-9, the story focuses on four friends: Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby. The foursome travels between Pixie Hollow and Never Land. In this adventure, Mia enlists the aid of a fairy named Ducie to help with her neighborhood bake sale. When baker extraordinaire Ducie thinks about flying home, Mai wonders if she’ll be able to complete the task without the fairy’s help.
Oliver and the Seawigsby Philip Reeve (author), Sarah McIntyre (illustrator) recommended for ages 7-10 is a romp of a read about one boy’s rescue mission on the high seas. When Oliver’s parents go missing, he sets off on an adventure with the help his new friends, a grumpy albatross and a near-sighted mermaid. Amid the waves they come face to face with sarcastic seaweed and an army of sea monkeys. This whimsical story is boldly illustrated and aims to amuse adults and kids alike.
Magic Tree House #48: A Perfect Time for Pandas (A Stepping Stone Book) by New York Times bestselling author Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (illustrator) for kids ages 7-10 has just been released in paperback. In this action-packed installment, an earthquake strikes in China which results in Jack and Annie being summoned to help rescue the pandas. This highly popular series combines adventure, fantasy, and history alongside vivid illustrations. Also available is a nonfiction companion guide about pandas and other endangered species.
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