Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Books, Part 3

This is the last Summer Books post, I promise! But since I found so many summer books, I just had to pass them on.
Heat Wave by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Remember a summer when day after day was hot? And each day was hotter than the day before?  Set in a time before everyone had air conditioning, this book captures such a heat wave perfectly.
Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
If you liked Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by this team, you'll like this one. too. This time the animals are entering a talent contest. The farmer is suspicious but is helpless to stop them, as usual.
Danitra Brown Leaves Town by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
If you've ever had a friend or sibling leave you to go away to camp, you'll understand Zuri's feelings in this book. Her story is written in a series of poems, with beautiful illustrations.
Summer: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur, illustrated by Leslie Evans
I love ABC books. My favorite way to read them is to cover up the words on a page and try to guess what is in the illustration that depicts the letter. This book has great pictures to guess from, plus each page has an acrostic poem of the thing depicted. For example T is for tide: Tumbling waves Inch up the beach Depositing seaweed and shells, then Ebb slowly away.
Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Soman, illustrated by Jacky Davis
Last Monday, I wrote about the first Ladybug Girl book. In this book, Lulu fights her fear of the high beach waves. But as soon as she realizes her beach pail needs rescuing, she becomes Ladybug Girl, saves the pail and goes on to have an afternoon of water fun.
Let's Look at Seasons: Summertime by Ann Scheninger [JP 574.543 Sch]
This book is full of summer information: flowers, butterflies, the heat, gardens and more. The illustrations have wonderful details to explore.
Odd Ball: Hilarious, Unusual, & Bizarre Baseball Moments by Timothy Tocher, illustrated by Stacy Curtis [J 796.357 Toc]
This is a perfect book for baseball nuts. It has lots of baseball stories and facts, told in paragraphs and cartoons.
Famous Seaweed Soup by Antoinette Truglio Martin, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott [JP 551 Mar]
Sara and her family visit the seashore. While her family does typical beach stuff, Sara gathers water, seaweed, snails, and smelly stuff to make her famous seaweed soup.
Did You Ever Wonder about Things You Find in Your Backyard? by Vera Vullo Capogna [J 595.75 Cap]
This book has lots of information about things kids (and adults) wonder about. Why do bees buzz? What's the difference between moths and butterflies? How do toads croak? There is also a beach book in this series.
I hope you summer is full of adventure and fun reading. Please recommend some more summer books! Write them in the Comments box!

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