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BOOK PICKS

Top 10 summer reading suggestions for kids Compiled by Laura LaTour ave you heard about the dreaded “summer slide?” No, it doesn’t involve playground equipment. It is a decline in reading ability that can occur over the long summer months. Numerous studies show that kids who don’t read during summer vacation actually slip in reading ability by the time autumn rolls around. Keep your kids from backsliding by recommending one of these exciting, new releases. For young readers, upbeat and funny books are best. Second-to-fifth graders crave plenty of excitement and adventure. Older readers are intrigued by dark subject matter, with a touch of current events so they can be “in the know.” Remember, summer reading doesn’t have to be a slog. The most important thing is that your child has fun!

Picture Books: Ages 4-8 Llama Destroys the World

The Last Peach

by Jonathan Stutzman illustrated by Heather Fox $17.99 Hardcover, 40 pages

Written and illustrated by Gus Gordon $17.99 Hardcover, 32 pages

Meet Llama, the wide-eyed star of this book and (unintentional) destroyer-of-worlds. How does Llama destroy the world? Well, it has to do with his weakness for cake and a pair of too-small dancing pants. Confused? Don’t be. It all comes clear despite being perfectly nonsensical. Young readers will love the sense of impending doom paired with simple, bright illustrations. Parents will enjoy the zaniness and heart. Llama Destroys the World is a perfect read-aloud summer adventure.

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The Last Peach is the story of two indecisive bugs contemplating eating the last peach of the summer. Pretty straightforward, right? Not in the hands of award-winning picture book creator Gus Gordon. What starts with a simple question, soon turns into an hilarious existential meditation that will amuse both kids and adults. Gordon’s mixed-media illustrations, coupled with text written largely in dialog will make this a favorite readagain for your little one. And the clever, twist-ending will tickle the fancy of even the most jaded reader.

Camp Tiger Written by Susan Choi, and illustrated by John Rocco $17.99 Hardcover, 40 pages Every year, a boy and his family go camping at Mountain Pond. Usually, they see things like an eagle fishing for his dinner, and chipmunks that come to steal food while the family sits by the campfire. But this year is different... this year, a tiger comes to the woods. Astute readers will draw a parallel between the appearance of the tiger and the boy’s growing anxieties about starting first grade. Camp Tiger is a smart and savvy tale of growing up for young readers able to handle a more wordy picture book.

Hum and Swish Written and illustrated by Matt Myers $18.99 Hardcover, 40 pages All Jamie wants is to spend some time alone at the beach and finish her art project in the sand. But everyone around keeps asking her pesky questions she doesn’t know how to answer. Jamie does her best to tune it all out and focus on her creation... until she finds a like-minded friend. Myers’ gorgeous acrylic paintings make you yearn for the beach and pair perfectly with this story that celebrates creativity, introversion, and the beauty of a little peace and quiet.

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The South Coast Insider - July 2019  

IT'S THE ETERNAL PARADOX OF SUMMER that these long days should feel so short. Every hour is packed with things to do and places to go. It’s...

The South Coast Insider - July 2019  

IT'S THE ETERNAL PARADOX OF SUMMER that these long days should feel so short. Every hour is packed with things to do and places to go. It’s...