This post was sponsored by Candlewick Press. All views and opinions are my own.
Here at Hip Mama’s Place, I love promoting summer reading with kids. We also know that if we don’t continue to engage our kids in academic activities, they will lose their academic ground.
So today, I’m so excited to bring you another great lineup of children’s books from my favorite publisher, Candlewick Press, to help our kiddos dive into summer reading with a splash! Plus, at the end of the post, you’ll have a chance to enter to win all of the book titles listed here, courtesy of Candlewick Press!
By Tom Brenner, illustrated by Jaime Kim
ISBN: 9780763660710 | May 2017 | Ages 4-8 | 32 Pages
“Summer’s smells, sounds, rhythms, and rituals unspool luxuriantly in this tribute to the season… A perennial read that radiates summer’s heady glee.” – Kirkus Reviews
When the days stretch out like a slow yawn, and the cheerful faces of Johnny-jump-ups jump up . . . then it’s time to get ready for summer! From flip-flops and hide-and-seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, from lemonade stands and late bedtimes to swimming in the lake and toasting marshmallows, there’s something for everyone in this bright and buoyant celebration of the sunny season. Tom Brenner’s lovely, lyrical ode to summers spent outdoors will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever counted down the days until school gets out, and Jaime Kim’s jubilant, nostalgia-soaked illustrations leave little doubt that summer is indeed a time unlike any other.
By Gaia Cornwall
ISBN: 9780763678388 | May 2017 | Ages 4-8 | 32 Pages
“This simple and sincere tale of working up courage to face fears makes quite a splash.” – Kirkus Reviews
Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks easy,” says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.
By Chris Van Dusen
ISBN: 9780763665456 | May 2017 | Ages 4-8 | 40 Pages
“The story’s message—don’t judge by appearances—is gently delivered in a tale just right for one- on-one sharing.” – Booklist
Hattie McFadden is a born explorer. Every morning she grabs her life jacket and paddles out in her canoe to discover something new on the lake, singing a little song on her way. When her singing draws up from the depths a huge mysterious beast, everyone in town is terrified — except Hattie, who looks into the creature’s friendly, curious eyes and knows that this is no monster. So Hattie sneaks out at night to see the giant — whom she names Hudson — and the two become friends. But how can she make the frightened, hostile townspeople see that Hudson isn’t scary or dangerous at all? Chris Van Dusen brings his colorful, perspective-bending artwork to this satisfying new story about acceptance, friendship, and sticking up for those who are different.
By Alex Milway
ISBN: 9780763694005 | March 2017 | Ages 5-9 | 80 Pages
“Another clever tale from Milway gives emerging readers an excellent series to sink their teeth into. His ink renditions of the Tuptown characters and graphic novel elements will appeal to comic lovers. Riddled with humor and visual clues, this giggle-inducing mystery is a sure bet for young readers.” – School Library Journal
The Butterfly Ball is tomorrow, and everyone has a job to do — even Harold. He’s making the Spirit of Tuptown prize! But when the prize statue goes missing, a confident Pigsticks volunteers to solve the case. With more and more things disappearing and everyone in Tuptown a suspect, will Detective Pigsticks track down the mysterious thief?
By Carolyn Crimi, illustrated by Laurel Molk
ISBN: 9780763675424 | May 2017 | Ages 3-7 | 32 Pages
“There’s ample humor in the watercolor, acrylic, and ink illustrations and heaping doses of compassion, too. Sly inclusions of lobsters in the details, in particular, will provoke readers’ laughter as they cheer on Sukie and applaud Eleanor’s pluck and patience. Just “beachy.”” – Kirkus Reviews
Lots of things at the beach scare Sukie. Lots. Because she is just a small dog, and the stairs are big and sandy, and the waves are big and whooshy, and the balls are big and beachy. And besides, there might be lobsters. With endearing illustrations and a perfectly paced text that captures a timid pup’s looping thoughts, here is a funny and honest read-aloud about how overwhelming the world can be when you’re worried — and how empowering it is to overcome your fears when it matters the most.
By Jonny Duddle
ISBN: 9780763692926 | March 2017 | Ages 6-9 | 160 Pages
When Matilda discovers a treasure map inside an old bottle, she shows it to the Jolley-Rogers and they all set sail to find the mysterious island on the map. Unfortunately, they end up in the belly of the dastardly Pirate Cruncher! Can Matilda and the rest of the Jolly-Rogers rescue themselves before it is too late? Or will they end up trapped there forever? Expect adventure, laughs, and perhaps an almighty sneeze.
Don’t forget about Father’s Day on June 18th!
By Laura McGee Kvanosky, illustrated by Laura McGee Kvanosky and Kate Harvey McGee
ISBN: 9780763689711 | April 2017 | Ages 3-7 | 32 Pages
“Kvasnosky’s story celebrates all that is fresh and original in the creative spirit of children, and her text will be great fun as a read-aloud, especially after some practice. Kvasnosky and McGee’s collaborative illustrations are done in gouache resist with digital colorization, a striking technique that particularly emphasizes the black night and the bright moonlight. All double-page spreads, the illustrations successfully evoke the vast beauty of the country the wolves inhabit. Visually lovely and sure to be a read-aloud hit; put on some Ella Fitzgerald, too.” – Kirkus Reviews
Little Wolf can hardly wait. Tonight he will howl at the moon to the top of the sky. First, Big Wolf demonstrates traditional howling form: AAAAAAAAAAOOOOOooooooooo. Then it’s Little Wolf’s turn. He’s sure he is ready, but when the big moment comes, something happens. Something unexpected, something wild, something unbe-beep-bop-believable! Sisters Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate McGee have created a wonderful story about the importance of doing things your own way and being true to your heart when it swells with wildness and joy.
By Sam Zuppardi
ISBN: 9780763681463 | April 2017 | Ages 4-8 | 32 Pages
“Zuppardi’s acrylic-and-pencil illustrations have a charming, childlike quality, especially the young child, who is basically a 3-D stick figure with lines for hair, and his imagination truly runs amok when the child amends the list (the only words in the entire book).With some imagination, even chores can be fun.” – Kirkus Reviews
A morning of fun with Dad takes a turn for the boring when a long to-do list interferes. At first content to let Dad cross things off his list, the boy in the story soon realizes that the whole day will be spent on chores — unless he can come up with a solution. In his singularly expressive, kid-friendly style, author-illustrator Sam Zuppardi crafts a colorful celebration of the fun that can be had with just a little imagination — and a trusty green crayon.
By Sam McBratney
ISBN: 9780763674489 | October 2017 | Ages 0+ | 40 Pages
Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not an easy thing to measure! For two decades, Sam McBratney’s timelessly endearing story, beautifully rendered in Anita Jeram’s exquisite watercolors, has captured the deep and tender bond between parent and child. Guess How Much I Love You is one of the world’s best-loved picture books. Visit the Guess How Much I Love You website!
So how do you like this lineup of children’s books? What do you do to encourage your kid/s to read during the summer? Please share your thoughts with me in the comments!
One of you, lucky Hip Mama’s Place reader, will win a set of all nine (9) book titles listed above to help you get started on your kids’ summer reading this year! Contest is open to US and Canada residents and ends on June 22, 2017 at 11:59PM, EST. Enter to win through the Rafflecopter widget below.
Good luck and happy summer! 😎