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It's Summer Vacation

Summer fun, summer sun. What will you do this summer? The list of possibilities is as long as the days in this selection of recommended books for kids ages 0-9. Whether it's taking trips, visiting family, or hanging out at home, wherever you go and whatever you do, be sure to take along a book or two to share together or enjoy alone.

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

Amazement Park: 12 Wild Mazes

By: Roxie Munro
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Lots of vacations include a trip to an amusement park, but how many are trips to an aMAZEment park? Find the way with Ms. McCourt and her class as they visit the Cyclone, the Enchanted Castle, the Wild West Walk, and more before heading through a series of intricately illustrated mazes that make a playful visual treat for all.

Amazing Animal Adventures Around the World

By: Brian Keating
Illustrated by: Brian Keating
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Travel with Canadian naturalist Brian Keating on a journey around the world to meet some of the animal inhabitants of the different continents. From kookaburras and kangaroos in Australia to the Arctic’s wolf population, this book's informal, diary-like approach creates an exciting armchair expedition with photographs, facts, and more.

Are We There Yet? A Journey Around Australia

By: Verna Aardema
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The year Grace turned eight, her Mum and Dad took her and her siblings on a trip around Australia. The kids "missed school for the whole winter term" and Grace documented much of what she learned, where she went, and the adventures they had as they experienced the diversity of the continent. Grace’s informal voice is informative yet engaging, completed by line drawings and simple maps.

Go Wild in New York City

By: Brad Matsen, Paul Corio
Illustrated by: Paul Corio
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Going to visit a big city on vacation? Think there’s nothing but concrete above and below? Well, think again! Readers are greeted by bagel-eating Skippy, an Eastern Gray Squirrel, and begin a complex, unexpected, revealing, and animated jaunt through and around New York City. The Big Apple comes alive in sophisticated, surprising ways through cartoons and photographs creatively placed on double page spreads.

Honey Cookies

By: Meredith Hooper, Alison Bartlett
Illustrated by: Alison Bartlett
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Ben visits his grandma, they love to bake together. But to make their special cookies, they need a cow, a thousand bees, and much more. Grandma’s lyrical explanations of the ingredients result in the tasty joy of a "warm, yummy honey cookie"! Colorful, well paced, child-like illustrations are as engaging as the interaction between Ben and Grandma. Their recipe is included so you and your child (or grandchild) can try the cookies yourselves.

Mud City: A Flamingo Story

By: Brenda Guiberson
Illustrated by: Brenda Guiberson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The creator of this book visited the Inagua National Park in the Bahamas to tell a dramatic story of how the elegant pink flamingos live, thrive, and even survive a hurricane on their protected island home. Dramatic paintings and a vibrant narrative will inform and inspire young readers.

On the Road

By: Susan Steggall
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

A family trip begins with everyone piling into the car. They then travel through the city with its traffic, over a bridge, through a tunnel, and more, stopping only when the family reaches the sparkling sea. Torn paper collage illustrations and simple text chronicle the gratifying outing.

Starring Grace

By: Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch
Illustrated by: Caroline Binch
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

It's summer vacation for Grace and her neighborhood friends, just the time for the fun to begin! Grace remains the imaginative, energetic girl first introduced in Amazing Grace (1991) as she involves all the kids in dramatic play. From helping an isolated older woman to creating a circus, Grace and her chums spend a delightful summer vacation close to home.

The Relatives Came

By: Cynthia Rylant, Steven Gammell
Illustrated by: Steven Gammell
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A large, slightly frumpy family travels to visit their equally large and frumpy relatives to share food, conversation, and a good time, proving that there’s always room for one more! The relatives' visit is humorously chronicled in the lively illustrations and understated text of this Caldecott Honor book.

The Scrambled States of America

By: Laurie Keller
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Dorothy may have thought there's no place like home when she clicked her ruby slippers, but the wanderlust of her native state is what starts all the trouble here. Kansas is bored and gets best friend Nebraska to help stir things up. Soon they're throwing a potluck party for all the states and everyone delights in the idea of seeing another part of the country. Readers will unwittingly learn more than they would ever have thought while poring over the witty remarks exchanged over state lines.

Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems

By: Kristine George, Kate Kiesler
Illustrated by: Kate Kiesler
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Share the sights, sounds, smells, and humor of a family camping trip through this collection of engaging poems illustrated with vivid paintings. From setting up the tent to the ultimate return home, campers and non-campers alike will enjoy this vacation and all its outdoor pleasures.

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