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And Then Comes Summer

Author: Tom Brenner

Illustrator: Jaime Kim

Genre: Picture Book

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Publication Year: 2017

 

Being a middle school teacher, there's an anticipation that comes for summer vacation as it nears on the calendar, and simply reading the title of the Tom Brenner and Jaime Kim's And Then Comes Summer is enough to put a grin on any student or teacher's face!  And as you read the first line, "When the days stretch out like a slow yawn," you know you're reading a book that gets what it means to relax.

 

And Then Comes Summer is an ode to common ways that American kids spend summer vacation, from finishing up the school year to staying up late, from running after the ice cream truck to watching Fourth of July parades and fireworks.  That grin will remain on your face as you watch the children and families enjoy themselves, giving both younger and older readers ideas on how to enjoy this year's summer vacation and nostalgia for summers past!

 

 

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The Adventures of Sparrowboy

 

Author and Illustrator: Brian Pinkney

Genre: Picture Book

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Year: 1997

 

Henry is a paperboy, and before he goes on his daily route, he reads the comics, specifically the adventures of the superhero Falconman.  And one day, Henry has a curious encounter with a sparrow and becomes Sparrowboy, protector of the kids and critters of Thurber Street!  The Adventures of Sparrowboy is a fun book with a fun hero as its central character, and fans of the superhero genre will find delight in Pinkney's story.  This is an easy pick!

 

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