Hot summer books for kids

School's Out, But These Books Are In

Now that school's out, your child has a lot of time on his hands. If you don't want to hear those dreaded words, "I'm bored," hand your child one of the hottest books coming out this summer! From Lincoln Pierce's latest Big Nate book to Wendy Mass's charming story of a girl turning 13, these stories will remind your child that reading is fun.

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

(Ages 2-8)

Full of vibrant images of the fun combination of crocodiles and watermelon, Pizzoli's latest children's book is not only beautiful to look at, but it's funny too! Whether you're reading it to your child or she's reading it to herself, everyone will love this delightful story of a watermelon-loving crocodile with a huge fear: swallowing a watermelon seed! As you might imagine, the crocodile's wild imagination gets the best of him and makes the story even more hilarious.

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Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus by James Dean Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus by James Dean

(Ages 2-8)

The hugely popular Pete the Cat series has added another book! In this fun story, New York Times bestselling artist James Dean adapts the children's song "Wheels on the Bus." Kids will love taking a ride with Pete and his friends as he hears the many sounds a bus makes while it drives. And of course children will love singing along to one of their favorite songs.

You can also tell your child that there will be another Pete the Cat book coming out this fall. Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses will hit stores on Oct. 1.

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Big Nate Doodlepalooza by Lincoln Peirce Big Nate Doodlepalooza by Lincoln Pierce

(Ages 8-12)

Remember what we were saying about not wanting to hear those dreaded words, "I'm bored" coming out of your child's mouth? Well if there isn't a book more perfect for your child with nothing to do, it's Big Nate Doodlepalooza. A surefire way to bust boredom, this book by popular children's book author Lincoln Peirce is chock-full of over 150 activities. From crossword puzzles to breaking secret codes, your son or daughter will love banishing their boredom alongside Big Nate.

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13 Gifts by Wendy Mass 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass

(Ages 8-12)

Fans of Wendy Mass will be excited that she has yet another book coming out this summer. This time, she tackles the 13th birthday. 13 Gifts is the story of Tara, who steals the student mascot in an attempt to get in with the popular crowd. But she didn't bank on getting caught red-handed. So now she's in big trouble. Her punishment? She's no longer going to Madagascar to study. Instead, she must go with her aunt, uncle and bratty cousin to Widow Falls. But Tara doesn't realize that Widow Falls is the fresh start she needs on her milestone birthday.

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