Summer Reading List: Picture Books

Summer Reading List: Picture Books

It’s time to get your kids outside into the sun and away from the computer screen (and phone screen and television screen)–and what better way to do that then with a sports game, so…Lucy Tries Soccer by Lisa Bowes and illustrated by James Hearne

Lisa Bowes’s Lucy Tries Sports series is designed to encourage children to get active and participate in sports. Lucy’s first summer sport adventure is out now with Lucy Tries Soccer. Join Lucy and her friends at the soccer field for their first game of three-on-three! Thanks to Coach Nick, Lucy and the rest of Team Blue learn a few basic skills as they prepare to face Team Red.Lucy Tries Short Track by Lisa Bowes and illustrated by James Hearne

Also new in the Lucy Tries Sports series, Lucy Tries Short Track (also available: Lucy fait du patinage de vitesse)! Lucy is ready for a speedy adventure—and she laces up her skates and tries short track speed skating. It’s not as easy as it looks. When you skate really fast around tight turns, you just might crash! But with her friends at her side, Lucy skims across the ice in a thrilling race to the finish.

Spare Dog Parts by Alison Hughes and Ashley SpiresNext up, a celebration of pets with Alison Hughes’s title Spare Dog Parts. A stumpy tail, mismatched paws, a long, drooly snout and the biggest dog heart that ever beat. In a celebration of what makes a pet unique, a little girl imagines how an odd assortment of parts combined to make the perfect dog. With spare, inviting text from Alison Hughes and charmingly offbeat illustrations by award-winning illustrator Ashley Spires, this gorgeous picture book is sure to be an instant classic.

This spring also had a publication of the newest book in the Just Enough series by Dr. Jillian Roberts, a series meant to help parents have their first conversations with their little ones about difficult topics. What Happens When A What Happens When A Loved Ones Dies by Dr. Jillian Roberts and illustrated by Cindy RevellLoved One Dies? Our First Talk About Death, follows Where Do Babies Come From? Our First Talk About Birth in the series. Using questions posed in a child’s voice and answers that start simply and become more in-depth, this book allows adults to guide the conversation to a natural and reassuring conclusion. Additional questions are at the back of the book to allow for further discussion.

Art's Supplies by Chris Tougas“It’s not my fault!” Art declared. “My supplies have a mind of their own!”
In Art’s Supplies, a tale about the power of imagination, Art’s supplies come to life in the studio, creating mayhem and magic—and art! Pastels, pencils, paints, crayons, brushes and markers…everything gets in on the act of creating a mess-terpiece of fun. Chris Tougas’s brilliant illustrations and clever text explore the essence of the creative process in a way that children will understand.

Just like Art, fill your summer with crafts, starting with this muffin cup flower bouquet!


  • (Multi-colored) Popsicle sticks
  • Muffin cups
  • Green construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Suggested supplies for flower decoration:

  • Stickers
  • Cotton balls
  • Markers
  • Buttons (for flower centers)
  • Artificial flowers
  • Glitter glue

What to do:

  1. Glue one muffin cup onto the end of a Popsicle stick.
  2. Cut out leaves and glue these along the Popsicle stick.
  3. Decorate the flower as you want.

And voila!! a flower bouquet!

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