Ahhh, summertime: no school, no worries, no problem curling up with a book and a lemonade.
The best part about summer reading is the freedom to find a good book and dive in without stressing about book reports or reading points. Whether your young reader is listening to you read or venturing out on his or her own with easy readers and chapter books, the list of choices is long and varied.
Here is a sampling of recently released books to get young readers started on their summer reading adventures.
The story is recognizable, and the rhyming Spanish words will help teach pronunciation. You’ll find the explanation of the little trickster sprites (duendes) who appear in the illustration backgrounds buried in the illustrator’s biography, though I would have preferred it in the story or glossary.
Three little bears break their mama’s blue seashell and set off to find a replacement in this charming picture book. A wild ride on the high seas brings them to follow the advice of a salty old sea bear and “just look in the right place” with a comforting conclusion that teaches a lesson in forgiveness and love.
The fact that the naughty little bears get no dessert also reinforces in a kind way that actions have consequences.
She finds him, but his idea of happily ever after is a bit more traditional than our liberated Princess Sue can stand. Definitely a story that encourages girl power, but I would change the title to “The Worst Prince.”
This celebration of friendship and sharing, with a catchy phrase that will help beginning readers, will bring a smile to their faces with its creative illustrations of various animals in their hats.