Summer is upon us, and we’ve got a whole gang of new books to keep you reading. Try these for summer storytimes.
Grasshopper & the Ants – by Jerry Pinkney. (Little Brown)
Aesop’s fables for a new generation come to life with Jerry Pinkney’s fabulous illustrations. This one has lilting storytelling to accompany the lush pictures. The illustration is very detailed and busy, so this one might work best with smaller groups. But don’t miss it—the beauty of the watercolors is a WOW!
Tommy Can’t Stop by Tim Federle, illus by Mark Fearing. (Disney Hyperion)
Tommy is a bundle of energy and his family is plum tuckered from dealing with him. When he goes to dance class, his energy is funneled into creativity. Share this to let the bounciest kids see that they can find their niche.
Troto amd the Trucks by Uri Shulevitz (Margaret Ferguson Books, FSG)
Little Troto the car is made fun of by the Big Trucks until he wins the race. Big on lesson, but still a fun little romp with vehicles to add to your next transportation storytime.
Bear Counts by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman (Margaret K. McElderry/ S&S)
If you need to add some numbers to storytime, Bear can help. This a a fun little counting book that includes rhymes, new vocabulary, and of course, interactive counting.
My Cousin Momo by Zachariah O’Hora (Dial Books)
Momo is a flying squirrel and his cousins (regular squirrels) can’t wait to see him do it. Fly, that is. Momo has his own ideas about things, though. For example, his idea of a Super Hero is “The Muffin Man”. This is a fun book about being true to yourself, with really fun illustrations. Have kids draw their own version of a Super Hero after sharing this book.
In by Nikki McClure (Abrams Appleseed)
Exploring the concepts of in & out, McClure’s lovely papercuts follow a child who wants to be in, and then out, and then in. A quiet addition to storytime. Perhaps for an exploration of books with black and white illustrations? Opposites?
Bears Don’t Read by Emma Chichester Clark (Harper Collins)
Everyone knows bears don’t read. Except, of course, Bear. A young girl wants to learn to read, too, so she & bear work out a compromise. A fun addition to storytimes where kids can sit for a longer story. Bear’s expressive eyes help carry the story right along.
Sea & Rex by Molly Idle (Viking/Penguin)
Molly Idle’s familiarly shaped humans go to the beach with s couple of dinosaurs. This sunny, friendly story will make a fine addition to your summer storytimes.
You Nest Here with Me by Jane Yolen Illus by Melissa Sweet (Boyds Mills Press)
A new Melissa Sweet book is always cause to celebrate, in my book. And this sweet little poem featuring all sorts of birds fits Sweet’s style perfectly. The book is charming, the illustrations are lovely, and the words work just right for storytime. Would also be a lovely gift for a new baby.
Counting Chickens by Polly Alakija (Frances Lincoln)
Tobi’s hen lays eggs, and sits on her nest. Meanwhile, all the other kids in the village get to see their dogs have puppies, goats have kids, etc. In the end, the chicks hatch, and Tobi ends up with a whole flock of birds. Count them at storytime! (there are 50).
One Family by George Shannon, illus. Buy Blanca Gomez (Frances Foster Books, FSG)
This is a lovely counting book about all sorts of families. The text, while simple, includes rhymes, good vocabulary, and a very nice message about how we can be different and yet the same. The families are diverse in many ways, reinforced by the retro-feeling illustrations. Lovely addition to storytime, or any time.
Duck’s Vacation by Gilad Soffer (Feiwel & Friends)
Duck has gone to a nice, quiet island to rest and relax. At the turn of the page (which Duck begs the reader not to do), the peace and quiet is destroyed. Each page turn makes matters worse, until a band of pirates show up and Duck leaves the book. A fun summer romp.
Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo and Flo! By Laurel Molk (Viking)
Five little mice tie a string around the toe of several different animals. The boys don’t want Flo to play along. But of course, she saves the day. Fun rhymes and illustrations.