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Top Ten 2018 Summer Reading Recommendations for Kids

Our editors have scoured the internet to find the top ten children’s books for summer reading.

 

 

10. Not So Scary Jerry

Monsters don’t hug. Or do they? With a little coaching, can a friendly monster learn to be mean and scary? Through fun and quirky dialogue, Boy and Monster discover a lot about each other, but perhaps even more about oneself. A delicious story of friendship and self-acceptance with hilarious twists and turns along the way.

9. Some Bugs


Get the buzz on bugs in this picture book from Angela DiTerlizzi!

Grab your magnifying glass!
Find your field guide!
And come hop, hide, swim, and glide
through this buggy backyard world!

Featuring insects including butterflies and moths, crickets and cicadas, bumblebees and beetles, this zippy rhyming exploration of backyard-bug behavior is sure to have insect enthusiasts of all ages bugging out with excitement!

8. Thousand Star Hotel

The Grammy®-winning Okee Dokee Brothers create a fanciful story—inspired by the folktale “The Fisherman and His Wife”—about the things we wish for . . . and the things we really need. 
Once upon a time there were two muskrats who lived in a cabin near a big old river. Mr. Muskrat dreamt of catching enough fish to make them rich; Mrs. Muskrat was happy if they caught enough for a good supper. Then, one day, they reel in a giant golden catfish who promises to grant their wish if they set him free. The two muskrats agree to let the fish off the hook and he does keep his word . . . but in a most unexpected and magical way.

7. Jenny and the Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories about Jenny Linsky (New York Review Children’s Collection)

in Greenwich Village an orphaned black cat lives happily with her master, a sea captain. Still, the gentle Jenny Linsky would like nothing more than to join the local Cat Club, whose members include Madame Butterfly, an elegant Persian, the high-stepping Macaroni, and stately, plump Mr. President. But can she overcome her fears and prove that she, too, has a special gift? Join Jenny and her friends, including fearless Pickles the Fire Cat, on their spirited downtown adventures and discover why The Atlantic Monthly called Jenny “a personality ranking not far below such giants as Peter Rabbit.”

AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES, THIS COLLECTION INCLUDES ESTHER AVERILL’S FIVE FAVORITE CAT CLUB STORIES

6. Awesome Science Experiments for Kids: 100+ Fun STEM / STEAM Projects and Why They Work

Loaded with 100+ kid-tested experiments in science, technology, engineering, art, and math―Science Experiments for Kids puts the STEAM back in learning.
Getting kids excited about science can be difficult. Science Experiments for Kids provides young scientists ages 5-10 with hands-on experiments that teach them how to apply the scientific method. From the home laboratory of former chemistry teacher and blogger behind the Science Kiddo, Crystal Chatterton combines fun experiments with the hows and whys behind them in Science Experiments for Kids.

5.Charley the Bulldog’s Fantastic Fruit Stand

Meet Charley and Otis, two lovable bulldogs with two very different personalities! Charley likes to work hard and play hard–but Otis likes to do a whole lot of relaxing. In this delightful story, see what happens when Charley’s fruit stand begins to earn Charley some extra spending money . . . and a new toy to boot!

4. Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras)

 

With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure — the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages.

3. Yahooty Who?

Originally developed after ranking in the top 1% of ALL publishing projects on Kickstarter EVER! Yahooty Who? characters teach children to think about & investigate the world around them. From the way he “borrows” one of your socks, to the creative sock puppets he leaves behind for children, Yahooty finds his way into the hearts of all who read his story.

2. Lynnie and the Gentle Dragon

Lynnie and the Gentle Dragon is a magical tale of adventure and everlasting friendship.
Young Lynnie is swept from her bed one night by a witch and escapes only to find herself lost in an unfamiliar world of dragons and enchantment. In her search to find a way home, she discovers so much more: dragons can be clever and kind, friends show up in the most unlikely places, and love spans beyond space and time. This sweet bedtime story will delight the magical child in us all.

1. Goodnight Marines

 

The best-selling Marine Corps Children’s book, Goodnight Marines makes the perfect gift for baby showers, birthdays, or during the holiday season. Brilliantly illustrated by former Disney Artist, Phil Jones (Tarzan, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch), and written by an award-winning poet and active-duty Marine, this hardcover children’s book will warm the hearts of both young and old as the audience is taken on an imaginative adventure that teaches about the culture & traditions of the USMC.

 

 

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