This summer grab a book, relax and read. Check out your local library for a cool reading program. Books – the gateway to magical adventures!

beekleThe Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

If you haven’t seen this Caldecott Medal-winning book yet, you owe it to yourself to check it out. An imaginary friend is born on an island and wishes a child would imagine him so he can go into the real world. He waits, and waits, and waits. Finally, he names himself Beekle and does the unheard of—leaves the island in a boat to search for his child. Will Beekle find his child? Find out as you follow Beekle on this journey complete with gorgeous illustrations! Little, Brown, and Company, $17; ages 4-8

bear duckBear and Duck by Katy Hudson

Bear is tired of being a bear. He is tired of his hot fur in the summer, angry bees, and sleeping all winter. He sees a line of happy ducks and decides to join in and be a duck instead. However, bear is not so good at most of the things ducks are supposed to do—he splashes while swimming, and totally fails at flying. Bear decides he is best at being a bear, and Duck tells him that even though he isn’t a very good duck, he is a good friend! Harper, $17.99; ages 4-8

eggNature’s Perfect Package: Egg by Steve Jenkins and Robin Pag

Learn all about animals and the eggs they lay! Look at eggs in a whole new way. From tiny eggs that hatch into giant squid to large eggs that hatch into kiwi birds, this book explains eggs from start to finish. Bright, cut paper illustrations make this book quite the “egg”citing adventure! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, ages 5-10

grasshopper antsThe Grasshopper and the Ants by Jerry Pinkney

Jerry Pinkney has created a stunning recreation of the classic grasshopper and the ants story. Grasshopper lazes around, so he is totally unprepared for winter when it arrives. After the first snow, cold and sad Grasshopper knocks on the ants’ door and Queen Ant invites him in for a cup of tea. In the final, beautiful scene, grasshopper has learned his lesson and is gathering food with the ants. Intricate illustrations fill this book. Little, Brown, and Company, $18; ages 4-8

founding mothersFounding Mothers: Remembering The Ladies by Cokie Roberts

Journalist Cokie Roberts brings us this book full of amazing ladies who have all helped shape the history of this great country. From women warriors to women writers to specific women who helped shape our history, this book has it all! Harper, $17.99; ages 7-12

winnie waldorfWinnie & Waldorf by Kati Hites

Winnie and her dog, Waldorf, are the best of friends; they do everything together. Winnie is supposed to keep Waldorf out of trouble, which isn’t easy. Winnie’s sister, Sara, has made her room off-limits to everyone, but when the two venture into Sara’s room, trouble ensues. Will Winnie and Waldorf be able to make it up to her? Find out in this adorable adventure about family, friendship, and forgiveness. Harper, $17.99; ages 4-8

Jennifer Galvin is never far from her children, a paintbrush, or a good book. You can find her on the web at www.jennifergalvin.com.

Moms read too!

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

A leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, Brown shares ten guideposts on the power of wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. Each day we face a barrage of images and messages telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. Brown explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough,” and to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.” Available at Amazon.com.