Father’s Day Reads: Picture Books to Share

Are you looking for the perfect Father’s Day present? Give the gift of a daddy-daughter/son moment by presenting the father in your household with a book that he can share with his favorite child. Here are a few new titles that will make for a memorable Daddy-and-me story time, celebrating the special relationship fathers have with their children:

A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams; illustrated by Floyd Cooper

A boy and his father spend a memorable day at the beach, where the simple act of drawing in the sand turns into an imaginative adventure.

Because I Am Your Daddy by Sherry North; illustrated by Marcellus Hall

A father lists the many ways he would like to express his love for his child; as a drummer in a marching band, a surfer on a board, or a Martian with a robot crew.  Vintage-style illustrations make this an appealing choice.

Dad and Pop: An Ode to Fathers & Stepfathers, by Kelly Bennett; illustrated by Paul Meisel

A young girl compares the similarities and differences between the two fathers in her life, demonstrating the ways that both of them show their love for her.

Daddy Is a Cozy Hug by Rhonda Gowler Greene; illustrated by Maggie Smith

A lilting poem and colorful illustrations celebrate all of the special things dads do with their kids, all year round.

The Fathers Are Coming Home by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Stephen Savage

At the end of the day, all kinds of fathers make the journey home to tuck their young into bed. Bold linocut illustrations depict dads of all sorts, from daddy-longlegs to sailors, greeting their little ones with love.

My Father Knows the Names of Things by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch

A young boy lists all of the wonderful things he admires about his father and the knowledge he imparts. Detailed illustrations depict the warm and caring relationship between a boy and his dad and the pride they feel for one another.

Oh, Daddy! by Bob Shea

A young hippo and his father have fun spending the day together. Bright illustrations pop off the page, conveying the energetic antics of father and son. Fans of Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime will delight in discovering yet another winning tale by Bob Shea.

Summer Reads for Tweens

Are your kids counting down the days until school gets out, looking forward to a long summer stretch without homework? Put them in a summer mood and keep them reading into fall with these new titles:

Crunch by Leslie Connor

Dewey is feeling the crunch! When his parents get stranded miles away from home, it is up to Dewey and his sister Lil to run the family bike shop and take care of their three younger siblings.  The situation gets more complicated when Dewey discovers that someone is stealing bike parts from the shop.

Kid vs. Squid by Greg Van Eekhout

Thatcher is stuck dusting curiosities in his uncle’s seaside museum for the summer. When a princess from the lost city of Atlantis steals a museum artifact and enlists Thatcher to rescue her people from an evil sea witch’s curse, Thatcher’s boring summer becomes an adventure.

The Last Best Days of Summer by Valerie Hobbs

Lucy is looking forward to spending the end of summer at the lake house with Grams. She knows Grams will calm her worries about her mother and starting junior high. But, this year, Grams has changed and it is Lucy’s turn to provide support.

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Children’s Summer Reads: Picture Books

Summer is almost here, along with Summer Reading programs, days at the beach, camping, and a much deserved respite from school. Now is the time for some fun, recreational reading. These new titles are sure to put kids in a summer state of mind:

Dancing Feet, by Lindsey Craig; illustrated by Marc Brown

Exuberant creatures of all sorts dance across the pages of this rollicking book. In no time at all your feet will be going stompity, stampity as they follow the beat of this slippity, slappity, clickity, clackety rhyme!

I Love Bugs! , by Emma Dodd

In this joyous ode to insects, a young boy lists all of the reasons he loves bugs. Large, bold illustrations and creepy crawly vocabulary will appeal to budding entomologists. Continue reading “Children’s Summer Reads: Picture Books”

Children’s Summer Reads: Chapter Books

Summer is almost here, along with Summer Reading programs, days at the beach, camping, and a much deserved respite from school. Now is the time for some fun, recreational reading. These new titles are sure to put kids in a summer state of mind:

Animal Rescue Team: Gator on the Loose! , by Sue Stauffacher

Keisha’s family specializes in rescuing wild animals. When an alligator is discovered in the city pool, the Carter family comes to the rescue, but finding a home for an alligator in Michigan proves to be something of a challenge.

The Deadlies: Felix Takes the Stage, by Kathryn Lasky; illustrated by Stephen Gilpin

The Deadlies are a very kind and respectable family of incredibly poisonous spiders who would never intentionally harm anyone, but the musicians in the Continue reading “Children’s Summer Reads: Chapter Books”

Ship Ahoy!: Sail Into the Sunset with a Picture Book

If you have lived any length of time in Western Washington, you have probably toyed with the idea of owning a boat. Boating is in our blood around here and both children and adults dream of chugging around Elliott Bay in a tugboat, riding a ferry to the San Juan Islands, sailing on Puget Sound and paddling a canoe in Lake Washington under clear Northwest skies. With summer just around the corner and boating season in full swing, join in the fun, gather your favorite crew and sail into a reading adventure…

Captain Small Pig, by Martin Waddell; illustrated by Susan Varley

Old Goat, Turkey, and Small Pig are spending the day on Blue Lake in a little red boat. Small Pig is full of energy and the thirst for adventure, while Turkey and Old Goat are looking forward to a bit of quiet reflection. In the end, everyone’s wishes are satisfied in unexpected ways.

Little Boat, by Thomas Docherty

The ocean is a big place and Little Boat is, well,… little. Perseverance and plucky courage allow Little Boat to overcome any challenges the ocean can provide. Intriguing illustrations make this an especially appealing Continue reading “Ship Ahoy!: Sail Into the Sunset with a Picture Book”