UnmaskSloganIt is that time of year at the Library—SUMMER READING IS ON THE WAY!

Starting Tuesday, May 26th, we will have activities, books, programs, and a superhero-themed summer reading club to help fill those seemingly endless days of summer. Mark your calendars and come in on May 26th or anytime after to pick up your child a Gameboard 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 superhero-themed titles to pique your child’s interest (and maybe yours, too).

Picture Books

“Traction Man is Here!” by Mini Grey—Wearing combat boots, battle pants, and his warfare shirt, Traction Man is ready for action! With the help of his lucky boy owner, action figure Traction Man has many adventures—searching for the Lost Wreck of the Sieve as he helps do the dishes, rescuing Dollies as he romps in the flowerbed, and battling the Mysterious Toes while scuba diving in the bathtub.

And do not miss these additional Traction Man titles: “Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog” and “Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey”. They are every bit as fun as the original!

Plus, here are some more picture books you might enjoy: “Superhero ABC” by Bob McLeod, “Ker-Splash” by George O’Connor, “The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy” by David Soman, and “Hero Cat” by Eileen Spinelli

Easy Reading & Beginning Chapter Books

“Captain Awesome to the Rescue” by Stan Kirby—Eight-year-old Eugene McGillicudy, aka Captain Awesome, is new to Sunnyview and despite getting off to a bumpy start at his new elementary school he is determined to protect and defend his new town from bad guys. Evil quickly rears its ugly head and it is up to Captain Awesome and his new friend Charlie to solve the mystery of the disappearing class pet.

Plus, here are some more easy reading and beginning chapter books you might enjoy: “Mercy Watson to the Rescue” by Kate Dicamillo, “Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic” by Emily Jenkins, and “Stink: Solar System Superhero” by Megan McDonald.

Chapter Books

“The Tale of Despereaux” by Kate Dicamillo—In this charming illustrated chapter book, four storylines interweave to create one enchanting story. The first storyline focuses on Desperaux Tilling—a small mouse who loves music, stories and a princess named Pea; the second focuses on Princess Pea herself; the third follows servant girl Miggery Sow on her quest to become a princess; and the last centers on Roscuro —a rat with a passion for light and soup.

Plus, here are some more chapter books you might enjoy: “NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society” by Michael Buckley, “Gregor the Overlander” by Suzanne Collins, “Harriet the Spy” by Louise Fitzhugh, “Ella Enchanted” by Gail Carson Levine, and “Adventures of Captain Underpants” by Dav Pilkey.