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  Summer Reading 2018 Picture Books

Handpicked and reviewed by our staff for 2018 summer reading! Click on the cover images for more information.

Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? by Jory John (ages 3-5)

This book introduces unique animal characteristics with a laugh. Elephant has an itchy back and is looking for a helping hand from all the animals he meets, but even though everyone is willing to help, not everyone can!


Don’t Blink! by Amy Krause Rosenthal (ages 3-5)

This interactive bedtime book for preschoolers includes just enough optical illusions to keep it interesting for older readers while the silly text makes it fun for all ages. Kids who loved The Book With No Pictures are sure to be fans of Don’t Blink!


Who Am I? An Animal Guessing Game by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Beautifully illustrated and a fun way for younger children to learn about animals. Check out the clues and guess which animal it is! More intriguing  animal facts included at the back.


Here We Are: Notes for Living On Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers (ages 3-6)

An introduction to the natural world that starts by showing the vastness of the universe, then moves closer, to the oceans and animals around us, to the people in the world and then to the people that we depend on in our own lives. Makes a great baby gift!


I’m a Duck by Eve Bunting  (ages 3-5)

A charming rhyming book that reminds us all that we can lean on our friends for help. When Duck was just an egg, he rolled from the nest into the lake and now he’s afraid of the water. With encouragement from his brothers and fellow pond dwellers, he gathers up enough courage to practice paddling in a pond and then jumps in the lake.


A Rock Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija (ages 5-8)

Stunning illustrations and simple poetic text in this very special non-fiction book show that a rock can be more than a rock! More detailed information on rock formation is included in the back.


Islandborn by Junot Diaz,  Leo Espinosa, Illustrator (ages 5-7)

This book, with vivid and colorful illustrations depicting the Dominican Republic, shows what it can mean to be from another country. When Lola is told to write about where she came from, she can’t remember and so she starts talking to the people in her neighborhood to find out what their island was like and why they left.


Rescue & Jessica, A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, illustrated  by Scott Magoon (ages 5-7)

Based on the true story of Jessica Kensky, who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, and her service dog, Rescue. The text and illustrations are realistic and appealing and the story is told from both Jessica and Rescue’s point of view.


The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler  (ages 3-6)

A great book for little truck lovers and early environmentalists. Digger is a backhoe with a gentle soul who nurtures a flower, keeping it safe while the city continues to build up around it. When the flower is cut down, he is devastated, but finds a way to move forward.


Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Gugliemo, Jacqueline Tourville, Brigette Barrager (ages 4-8)

This biographical picture book is as vivid and colorful as the title promises as it tells the lively story of Mary Blair, Disney’s first female artist.


The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

In just a few words accompanied by beautifully simple illustrations, this sensitive book deals with approaches to grief for the very young. All the animals want to help Taylor when things go wrong, but nothing they do is quite right. Until the rabbit comes along.


She Persisted Around the World by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger

An inspiring picture book that encourages children to find their voice and persevere by telling the stories of 13 women who changed history.


Let’s Find Momo! by Andrew Knapp

This little board book has been a preschool story time favorite at The Bookies Bookstore all year! Momo is a black and white collie who is hiding in every photo in the book. Can you find him?


And don’t forget these all-time favorites!

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear Don and Audrey Wood

Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

And anything by Mo Willems or David Shannon!


The Bookies Preschool Story Time takes place every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Older siblings welcome!