Honoring Dads, the Power of Reading

This month’s book selections help keep reading on tap all summer long for kids of all ages. Reading to a child is one of the most important things you can do to encourage learning. Included are some titles in honor of dads.Visit Carol’s Bookshelf in June to discover how you can win great books for preschoolers.

My Daddy and Me (Random House, $6.99) by Newberry Medalist Jerry Spinelli and illustrated by Seymour Chwast is a tribute to fathers. Spinelli’s first picture book features a young puppy who loves to spend time with his dad. The father-son duo have fun wrestling, planting tomatoes, making gingerbread men and working on fix-it projects together. Ages infant to preschool. Paperback and hardcover.

In Clifford’s Day with Dad (Scholastic, $3.99) by Norman Bridwell, Clifford spends a fun day in the country with his dad as they fetch, play and dig together. Ages 3 and up. Paperback.

Golden Book has reissued the classic, Daddies (Little Golden Books, $3.99), a 1953 title that asks, “What do daddies do all day?” Written by Janet Frank and illustrated by Tibor Gergely, this cherished story shows dads working in all types of careers, from farming to health care to teaching and rushing home at the end of the day to greet the family. Ages 4-8. Hardcover and Kindle.

Al Pha’s Bet (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $16.99) by The New York Times best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a quirky book with illustrations by Delphine Durand. In this tale, a man named Al Pha gets his big chance when the king asks him to invent the alphabet. This funny spin on a familiar topic keeps kids guessing how Al will fit in the next letters. Ages 3-5. Hardcover.

How Rocket Learned to Read (Scwartz & Wade Books, $17.99) by Tad Hills, creator of The New York Times best-seller, Duke & Goose, is the story of a lovable dog who is transformed from a reluctant to an avid reader with the encouragement of his devoted teacher, a little yellow bird. Ages 3-7. Hardcover and Kindle.

Meet Einstein (Meet Books LLC, $16.99) introduces young minds to what scientists do, helping kids make connections to things they see and experience. The pages are dotted with flashlights, light bulbs and rainbows to show children how science works in everyday lives. Written by Mariela Kleiner and illustrated by Viviana Garofoli. Ages 4-8. Hardcover and Kindle.

Critically acclaimed local author Sarah Dessen has released a new young adult novel, What Happened to Goodbye (Viking Juvenile, $19.99). This compelling story is about a young girl named Mclean who has lived in four towns in two years since her parents’ divorce. Mclean, who is estranged from her mother, has reinvented herself with each move and now finds she just wants to settle down in one place and be herself, whoever that is. Young adult. Hardcover, Kindle and audiobook.

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