Laughter is the best medicine for what cures all ails, including the boredom and idle time that summertime brings to youngsters. These new books will induce giggles aplenty.
"Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat" by Deborah Underwood; illustrated by Claudia Rueda; Penguin/Dial; 92 pages; $16.99.
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Welcome to summertime! Help summer be more fun for your kids with these water-and-fish-themed tales, plus one whopper of a bedtime story.
"Pool" by JiHyeon Lee; Chronicle Books; 56 pages; $16.99.
Gorgeously surreal and beautifully watery, the artwork in JiHyeon Lee's debut picture book stars a shy boy who tries to find friends in a crowded ...Read more
Kids who are knowledgeable about animals also tend to have an affinity for them and a passion for being kind to the environment. These new picture books introduce creatures many children may not know, but will certainly learn to love.
"Emu" by Claire Saxby; illustrated by Graham Byrne; Candlewick Press; 28 pages; $16.99.
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Books about love, whether for a family member, a friend, a special someone or even a tree, don't need to be limited to Valentine's Day. These reads are special gifts that keep on giving year-round.
"Luna and Me" by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw; Henry Holt; 38 pages; $18.99.
Inspired by the real-life story of Julia Butterfly Hill's courageous ...Read more
Study upon study proves that reading is as important to education as studying and testing. It's also a healthy way to relax and become absorbed by a calm activity other than electronic screens. There "ain't nothin'" like a good book.
These new tales for middle-grade readers are imaginative, funny and adventurous.
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From a modern tale about a mechanically smart Cinderella to a purplish way to banish nightmares, these bright new children's books empower kids and motivate them to conquer old stereotypes and fears.
"Interstellar Cinderella" by Deborah Underwood; illustrated by Meg Hunt; Chronicle Books; 32 pages; $16.99.
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April is Poetry Month. But all year long, kids can enjoy these imaginative, funny and inspiring ditties.
"Hypnotize a Tiger" by Calef Brown; Henry Holt; 138 pages; $17.99.
Author and artist Calef Brown calls himself an "enthusiologist," which is apparent in this lively book of whimsy and quirky verses. His 138 pages of oddities bring up ...Read more