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book review by lisa katzenberger

Summer is full of outdoor fun, but when you’ve had enough of sunscreen and the pool, sweaty clothes, or sand in your shoes, it’s time to head inside and cool off with a great stack of books. Library reading programs are in full swing and offer fun incentives to encourage your eager little readers, so check out these books to keep those literacy skills fresh. Slip into summer reading easily with these new and summer-themed stories for all age groups. Board Books The popular character Llama Llama visits the beach in Llama Llama Sand and Sun, a touch and feel board book for curious fingers to experience. This interactive book is a great way to introduce your littlest readers to this lovable character. Picture Books In the beachy When a Dragon Moves In, a young boy builds a sand castle that is fit for a. . . dragon? It’s lots of fun until somebody suddenly 66


starts eating all the food and kicking sand at the sister. The boy insists he’s not causing the trouble --- it’s the dragon! So will the dragon be able to stay or will he be evicted? The Midnight Library will keep your kids craving books through the summer with this cute story about a girl who runs a library with night owl assistants. As a little girl, she has a lot to manage --- a band of squirrels playing music too loudly, a wolf crying so much at a sad story that his tears fall like rain, and a slow tortoise who can’t finish his story before closing time. What will she ever do? I Wish You More is a sweet book of wishes for a child and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site fame. It’s full of a subtle, simple, love messages (“I wish you more give than take”) that will pull at your heartstrings and let your little one know there’s more than one way to say “I love you”. Early Readers Keep your new readers cool with the coolest cat around by checking out Pete the Cat – Pete at the Beach. Pete chills out building a sand castle and

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collecting seashells, but the hot sun starts to heat him up. The ocean looks like a great spot for cooling down, but Pete’s scared! Will he overcome his fear to remain the coolest cat around? Poppy can help your emerging readers help kick off summer as they join her in her neighborhood’s annual summer kick-off party in Perfectly Poppy: Party Pooper. The party is full of treats, games, and more treats --- and parents who are too busy to pay attention to what the kids are eating. But when Poppy pushes the limit on what her belly can handle, she turns from fun-loving Poppy into a party pooper who is too lethargic to play any games. Chapter Books Ivy & Bean are best friends who are as different as night and day. In this popular chapter book series, follow them as they muddle their way through one funny adventure after another. In the summer read of Ivy and Bean Make the Rules, Bean is jealous when she’s too young to join her older sister, Nancy, at summer camp. So what are Ivy and Bean to do but create their very own camp --- Camp Flaming Arrow --- where they are the counselors! What mischief will they get into?

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