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Travel + Imagination = Adventure

Adventures come in many sizes; some are small, others huge. Some adventures are real, others are imagined. All adventures can be memorable especially during the long, warm days of summer.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

At This Very Moment

By: Jim Arnosky
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Gentle rhymes and realistic watercolor illustrations invite readers to imagine what a range of animals are doing as readers go through their day. Naturally, activities wind down as animals "…who at this very moment/will fall asleep with you."

Blackout

By: John Rocco
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Does no electricity mean that there's nothing to do or are there new adventures just waiting to happen? A family and their neighbors find out one hot summer night in the city. Luminous illustrations and limited text reveal the unexpected, joy-filled pleasures of a blackout.

Flip Flop!

By: Dana Meachen Rau
Illustrated by: Jana Christy
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Two friends make decisions about their summertime activities and adventures. Do they want to do cannonballs or float in the pool? Is this a firefly or fireworks night? Soft illustrations and limited text accessibly present compatible girls engaged in recognizable activities.

Hurry Down to Derry Fair

By: Dori Chaconas
Illustrated by: Gillian Tyler
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Dinny Brown hurries and helps his family finish getting ready so they can walk to the fair. Grandma and Dinny start out but are soon joined by the others for a lovely fair day! Softly hued, detailed illustrations and playful, rhyming text build excitement for this family outing.

Me on the Map

By: Joan Sweeney
Illustrated by: Annette Cable
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The United States is a big place which holds many children and their families. Maps and what they show are introduced by a girl who begins with a drawing of her room in her home. The house is then placed on a street, in a town, etc. until we see the U.S. as part of the world. This accessible book may help children understand their place on the map — and in the census.

Mosquitoes Are Ruining My Summer and Other Silly Dilly Camp Songs

By: Alan Katz
Illustrated by: David Catrow
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Summer camp adventures — from arts and crafts to games to hiking — are presented in rhymes that can be sung to familiar tunes. Slightly irreverent humor in text and illustrations are sure to make this a memorable experience for campers and non-campers alike.

Nat Geo Wild Animal Atlas: Earth's Astonishing Animals and Where They Live

By: National Geographic Kids
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Dramatic photographs, attention-grabbing facts, and clear maps introduce a world of animals and their habitats. A glossary, where to go for more information, and an index make this an ideal book for both browsing and research.

The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town

By: Mary Casanova
Illustrated by: Ard Hoyt
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Feared by the townsfolk, only young Sam understands outlaw Dirk Yeller's "itchin’ and twitchin.'" And Sam has the cure: a visit to the local library where Dirk finds adventure — and love. Animated, twangy language and caricature-like illustrations make a memorable tall tale.

The Swimming Lesson

By: Dori Chaconas
Illustrated by: Lisa McCue
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Unlikely friends, Cork (a short muskrat who enjoys the water) and Fuzz (a tall possum who doesn't) find that practice can turn fear into an unexpected adventure. Expressive illustrations and understated humor present a memorable, exciting everyday escapade.

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