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Welcome summertime with fun books

June 6, 2018 GMT

For most kids, school is just about over for the academic year, and after all of the months of hard work, kids need a well-deserved break from the rigors of required reading. A great way to pass hours of summer vacation is to read fun books, like the ones listed below. Of course, reading is also a way to keep kids’ minds fresh and ready to rock-and-roll in less than three months when school resumes. Keep the kids reading all summer long.

Books to Borrow

The following book is available at many public libraries. “Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt” by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, Candlewick, 118 pages Read aloud: age 7 and older. Read yourself: age 8 - 9. Judy and Stink and their parents were on a ferry boat en route to an island off the North Carolina coast. The siblings were very excited, especially Stink, who desperately wanted to meet pirates, look at shipwrecks, and find gold and treasure. As they disembarked onto the island, they were met by Cap’n Weevil, a pirate with an eye-patch, a scraggly beard, and a treasure map! The kids couldn’t believe their good fortune - first thing tomorrow morning was the start of the Third Annual Pirate Island Treasure Hunt. The first to collect sixteen pieces o’ eight would win a pirate gold doubloon and a ride on Blackbeard’s own private ship. Hilarious and brimming with adventure and riddle-solving, this selection is pure fun.

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Librarian’s Choice

Library: Carroll County Public Library, 136 Court St., Carrollton KY Library Director: Hillary Arney Assistant Director: Patricia Hersey Youth Services Librarian: Leslie Sutherland Choices this week: “Farm Flu” by Teresa Bateman; “Dear Primo, A Letter to My Cousin” by Duncan Tonatiuh; “Geronimo Stilton” series by Geronimo Stilton

Books to Buy

The following books are available at favorite bookstores. “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Changing Picture Book” by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, Candlewick, 2018, 19 pages, $18.99 hardcover Read aloud: age 3 - 7. Read yourself: age 6 - 7. This award-winning book has a fun new format that features changing pictures that add even greater delight to this classic story that kids have loved since it was first published in 1989. A family decides to go on a bear hunt. What lies ahead presents some obstacles they must overcome, such as long grass, a cold river, thick mud, a dark forest, and a sudden snowstorm. At last they find a cave, and what might be inside? A bear, of course. Realizing the bear isn’t happy with the intruders, the family retraces their steps as fast as they can back to their home with the bear in hot pursuit! Boasting seven pull-tabs that change pictures, this book is a fun, bold adventure kids will want to revisit time and time again. “The Wolf Who Didn’t Like to Read” by Orianne Lallemand, illustrated by Éléonore Thuillier, Auzou, 2018, 33 pages, $14.95 hardcover Read aloud: age 6 - 8. Read yourself: age 7 - 8. There once lived a wolf who loved to eat every kind of book written; he “simply loved the taste of paper.” As for reading, Wolf thought that was boring. One day his friends wanted to convince Wolf that reading books was an exciting adventure and gave Wolf a special book to read and said they wouldn’t play with him again until he finished it. Frustrated, Wolf sat down in his chair and began reading and soon found himself in Book World faced with a frantic squirrel librarian who had lost ten books. Wolf offered to help locate the books, and a most incredible life-altering adventure ensued. Loads of fun in every way, this is a highly creative book that will appeal to both avid and reluctant readers. Nationally syndicated, Kendal Rautzhan writes and lectures on children’s literature. She can be reached at kendal@sunlink.net