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Summer Reading Books for Children - Picture Books through 3rd Grade KEYWORDS: RELATED: Alligators & CrocodilesCatsFoxes & Wolves

Give your young readers something to look forward to this summer. Check out these titles to keep kids reading . . . all summer long!

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Meet one smart chicken chaser. She can catch any chicken on her grandmother’s farm except one – the elusive Miss Hen. In a hilarious battle of wits, the...

"...“feathers will fly” been aptly illustrated as in this vivacious story."  --Starred, Kirkus Reviews   "Both words and pictures elevate a simple story about a girl's sly, barnyard game into a rollicking, well..."

By Janice N. Harrington and Shelley Jackson

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Frances Foster Books

Fox

Against the rhythmic background of turning seasons, a little fox learns that there is a time for everything. The rain, the clouds, the days all come and go as...

"....   As depicted by an award-winning pair, the gentle story of the rearing of a baby fox, together with sensuous illustrations, takes readers on a journey deep into the woods to tell a tale that all..."

By Kate Banks and Georg Hallensleben

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Grace for an Island Meal

Bless this board and bless this bread. Bless this skylight overhead through which any eye may see wheeling gull and blowing tree. One morning in Maine,...

By Rachel Field and Cynthia Jabar

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One-Dog Canoe

Sometimes – the more the merrier I set off one morning in my little red canoe. My dog wagged his tail. “Can I come, too?” “You...

"...!” Loon lands in the young canoeist’s lap, it’s clear that this will be no ordinary canoe trip. A bouncy rhyming text and exuberant pictures full of funny, escalating antics will have young readers..."

By Mary Casanova and Ard Hoyt

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Best in Show for Rotten Ralph

A Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader

“To thine own self be true.” The cat show is coming to town and Rotten Ralph is hungry for glory – and desperate to defeat his perfect cousin Percy,...

"...in the appealing series for beginning readers follows everyone’s favorite red-furred rascal on his..."

By Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

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Practice Makes Perfect for Rotten Ralph

A Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader

"Themes of jealousy, boasting, cheating, and getting one's comeuppance are all touched on ij this second book in the easy-reader series." --School Library...

"..."Themes of jealousy, boasting, cheating, and getting one's comeuppance are all touched on ij this second book in the easy-reader series." --School Library.... It’s carnival time for Ralph, Sarah..."

By Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

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Rotten Ralph Feels Rotten

A Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader

Rotten to the core! When Sarah serves up a healthy, home-cooked meal chock-full of fruits and vegetables, Rotten Ralph turns up his nose and refuses to eat....

"......Beginning readers will gobble up this third installment of the [series]; unlike Ralph, though..."

By Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

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Rotten Ralph Helps Out

A Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader

"Rotten Ralph is one cat who can make reading fun for kids. And he does!" --Marc Brown Sarah needs a topic for her school project on ancient Egypt. Her...

"...is the first Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader, a rambunctious new series for beginning readers.. "Fans of Gantos's irrepressible Ralph who are ready to graduate from picture books will eagerly leap into this early chapter book, the first installment of the Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader series." --Starred..."

By Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

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Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen

I can pop a wheelie, I can touch the sky, I can pedal backwards, I can really fly! Sally Jean was born to ride. And her bicycle, Flash, is just about her...

"..., by collecting old bicycle parts to make a new bike – and giving Flash to a young friend who longs for a bigger..."

By Cari Best and Christine Davenier

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Summertime Waltz

A poetic interpretation of the summer evenings of childhood Lovely the lateness in summertime darkening. Dinner is over. The grownups are...

By Nina Payne and Gabi Swiatkowska

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Two Sticks

Maybelle wanted SOME drum, A kettle, snare, not humdrum, A drum-dee-dum-dee-dum drum, Oh, any funky fun drum! But all she has is two sticks – her “tried...

"...picturing wild-haired fearless Maybelle, who follows her own beat and makes joyful noise."  --Booklist   "The text sets a catchy rhythm and never lets go.  Wilsdorf’s illustrations, rich in saturated..."

By Orel Protopopescu and Anne Wilsdorf

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Readers are in for another rousing good time with Sara and Catherine the Great The unsinkable heroine of Three Cheers for Catherine the Great! is back!...

"...Readers are in for another rousing good time with Sara and Catherine the Great The unsinkable heroine of Three Cheers for Catherine the Great! is back!.... Readers are in for another rousing good..."

By Cari Best and Giselle Potter

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