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On the Shelf: Summertime Story Time


Chris Worthy  |  Upstate Parent

As the world returns to some form of new normal, support your local bookstores and stay tuned to your local library for news and updates on summer reading. It’s always the right time for a good book.

“Anthill,” “Beehive” and “Tree” by Petra Bartikova, illustrated by Magdalena Takacova (“Anthill” and “Tree”) and Martin Sojdr (“Beehive”) (Happy Fox Books, ages 2 – 5, available June 23)

These sturdy, detailed board books for older children incorporate interactive flaps and engaging artwork to give kids a look behind the scenes of some of nature’s busiest spots. Parents, these are perfect for books to take on the go.

“Yoga Animals” by Paige Towler, forward by yoga instructor Tara Stiles (National Geographic Kids, ages 4 – 8)

This “wild introduction to kid-friendly poses” shows how animals are already stretching and moving like experienced yogis – and kids can join in, too. 

“We Love Babies!” by Jill Esbaum (National Geographic Kids, ages 2 – 5)

Little readers love looking at littles faces, no matter what the species. The adorable photos in this picture book are accompanied by a cheer-style text that can make story time fun and help kids engage with the rhythm of language. 

“In a Jar” by Deborah Marcero (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, ages 3 – 7)

Beautiful through and through, this story of friendship will touch the hearts of readers who have spent some time feeling isolated these past few weeks, and it emphasizes the power of memories to connect us to special times and special people. 

“Poppy Takes Paris: A Little Girl's Adventures in the City of Light” by Allison Pataki and Marya Myers, illustrated by Kristi Valiant (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ages 4 – 8)

Part of the Big City Adventures series, this story lets readers join in as Poppy sets out on a tour of Paris to find out which light shines brightest in the city. It’s a fun getaway that can take place anywhere. 

“Hundred Feet Tall” by Benjamin Scheuer, illustrated by Jemima Williams (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ages 4 – 8)

This encouraging, sweet tale shows exactly what it takes to grow (children and seeds) from the tiniest start to a powerful force. It even includes the sheet music to play and sing the story, which is perfect for helping emerging readers connect the text to language. Turn story time into a family sing-along.

“Happy Rainbow” by Hannah Eliot, illustrated by Susie Hammer (Little Simon, ages 1 – 5)

This glittery board book, from the team by “Happy Heart,” can bring smiles to even the tiniest listeners. Grow a love of books with bright colors and gentle text in a shaped, sturdy form.