Reader's Roundup for Summer

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine
back-to-school picks.  

Ages 0-5

Bear’s Big Day, written and illustrated by Salina Yoon

The third story in the critically acclaimed Bear and Bunny series, the duo face a brand new experience -- going to school. BloomsburyPublishing. Hardcover, $14.99.

Aberdeen, written and illustrated by Stacey Previn

Aberdeen the mouse never meant to leave the yard, but a balloon floated by, and he’s off on an unexpected adventure. On sale August 9. Penguin Random House, Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $16.99

With Any Luck I’ll Drive a Truck, by David Friend. Illustrations by Michael Rex

A fun read-aloud where a little boy can’t wait to grow up and drive a truck -- all kinds of trucks. Penguin Random House, Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $16.99.

Ages 3-5

Max & Ruby’s Preschool Pranks, written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells

As seen on Nick Jr., the beloved bunnies are playing school in this lift-the-flaps book of science experiment antics. Penguin Random House, Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $17.99

Ages 5-7

Giraffes Ruin Everything, written by Heidi Schultz. Illustrations by Chris Robertson

This giraffe just wants to make friends, but the young narrator thinks he’s a bad playmate, until he finds out a giraffe is a pretty good friend to have after all. On sale August 16. Bloomsbury Publishing. Hardcover, $16.99.

Ferocious Fluffity, by Erica S. Perl. Illustrations by Henry Cole

Kids learn the responsibilities of having a pet when they meet Fluffity, the ‘ferocious’ hamster in Mr. Drake’s second grade class. Abrams Books for Young Readers. Hardcover, $16.95.

Ages 4-8

What a Beautiful Morning, by Arthur A. Levine. Illustrations by Katie Kath

The touching story of a young boy who learns to accept his grandfather’s memory loss and enjoy the beautiful moments they have together. On sale August 9. Running Press. Hardcover, $16.99

Ages 5-8

My Favorite Pets, by Jeanne Birdsall. Illustrated by Harry Bliss

This read-aloud shows that sheep can also be man’s best friend too, when Gus writes a school report and learns that sheep look silly in pajamas, and you may get sent to your room for letting the flock into the house. Random House Children’s Books. Hardcover, $16.99

Ages 8-12

Cosmic Catastrophes, written and illustrated by David A. Aguilar

Astronomer David Aguilar buildsthe scientific case for seven extreme events that could impact Earth, way down the cosmic line. An exciting nonfiction story about how and why these space catastrophes could happen, with original art to show just how devastatingly spectacular it will bewhen any one of these seven “big ones” hit. Penguin Random House Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $18.99

Applesauce Weather, by Helen Frost. Illustrations by Amy June Bates

A poetic novel of a fall ritual for a family grieving the loss of a beloved family member. Candlewick Press. Hardcover, $14.99