It is that time at the library again—SUMMER READING! We have activities, books, programs, and a summer reading club that will help fill those seemingly endless days of summer. If you have not done so already, be sure to drop in and pick up a Gameboard for your child so they can earn two FREE books.

Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children can ALL participate, and thanks to a special summer reading rule, any child who participates can get a FREE card no matter where they live.

After picking up the Gameboard chances are you will be looking for books to read and this column should help. Here are several titles that are sure to pique your child’s interest (and maybe yours, too). Happy Summer Reading!

Picture Books
“Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes” by Eric Litwin—In this book readers are introduced to the coolest cat around. Pete has brand new white shoes and no matter what he accidentally steps in he keeps his positive attitude flowing.

More picture books that you might enjoy: “Extra Yarn” by Mac Barnett; “Bark, George” by Jules Feiffer; “Llama, Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney; “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site” by Sherri Duskey Rinker; “Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina; “Are You Ready for Some Fun” by Jan Thomas; and “Press Here” by Herve Tullet.

Easy Reading & Beginning Chapter Books
“We Are in a Book” by Mo Willems—Elephant and Piggie are at it again and this time they have discovered they are the stars in a book. Perfect for early readers and funny to top it off, this one will leave readers clamoring to get their hands on the rest of the series.

More easy reading and beginning chapter books that you might enjoy: “Henry & Mudge” by Cynthia Rylant; “Ivy and Bean” by Annie Barrows; “Captain Awesome to the Rescue” by Stan Kirby; and “EllRay Jakes is a Rock Star” by Sally Warner.

Chapter Books
“The False Prince” by Jennifer Nielsen—Book one in the Ascendance Trilogy introduces readers to a street-smart orphan named Sage. He and three other orphans have been chosen to play a dangerous game of political deceit—one that will lead to the “winning” orphan being installed as the country’s prince.

More chapter books that you might enjoy: “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate; “Fever 1793” by Laurie Halse Anderson; “The Penderwicks” by Jeanne Birdsall; “Ruby Holler” by Sharon Creech; “City of Ember” by Jeanne DuPrau; “Among the Hidden” by Margaret Haddix; and “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Munoz Ryan.

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