Hang on to summer with a good book!  As vacation winds down and back-to-school winds up, you can still travel to exciting places – all within the pages of these books!

Turtle Island
by Kevin Sherry

Turtle is lonely swimming alone in a huge ocean. When some shipwrecked friends discover Turtle and begin to live on Turtle’s shell, Turtle becomes much happier being “Turtle Island” for the friends. What will happen when they begin to miss their families? Find out, as you journey along with Turtle and his friends and learn all about Turtle Island. Bright, bold illustrations fill this delightful book!  Dial Books for Young Readers, $16.99; ages 3-5

The Midnight Library
by Kazuno Kohara

In a library open only at night, a little librarian works with three assistant owls. Her library is always busy, and she loves helping people find books. Usually her library is also quiet and peaceful, but one night, she has to help a musical band of squirrels, a crying wolf, and even a very slow moving tortoise. The little librarian solves all the problems, and it is once again quiet at the library.  Roaring Brook Press, $16.99; ages 4-8

Ken Jennings’ Junior Genius Guides: Maps and Geography
by Ken Jennings

Journey along with Ken Jennings and learn all kinds of amazing geography this summer! Junior geniuses are “always curious” and “interested in the world around them and excited to learn all they can about it—especially the cool weird stuff.” This book is full of cool, weird facts about geography and maps!  Little Simon, $7.99; ages 8-12


The Worst Princess
by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie

What makes a good princess? Princess Sue is waiting for her prince, but once he comes to find her, she isn’t happy with what he wants her to do—just sit up in her tower and wear dresses! So, Princess Sue make friends with a dragon and they get the better of the prince. Then, Princess Sue and the dragon fly all over making mischief and having all sorts of fun!
Random House, $16.99; ages 3-7

The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine De Saint-Exupery
by Peter Sis

Absolutely stunning illustrations fill this book about the life of Antoine De Saint-Exupery, pilot and author of “The Little Prince.”  From his boyhood when he builds his own plane—which doesn’t fly—to when he finally disappears in an airplane over the sea, Antoine’s story is filled with intrigue. Sis captures his life of with luminous illustrations and interesting text that wraps in and out, weaving into a magnificent tapestry.  Farrar, Straus, Giroux, $18.99; ages 5-10

Help We Need a Title
by Herve Tullet 

A group of characters tries working on a story without their author. Then, after trying a bit, they retrieve the author to write a story. An imaginative look at how stories work. Children will enjoy being in on the planning phases and seeing the characters and the author interact together as this book gets put
together. Colorful, simple characters fill this entertaining and interesting book.  Candlewick Press, $16.99; ages 5-8

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!
Blacklisted  from the PTA by Lela Davidson

This is an irreverent look at motherhood and the modern family. From the high chair to a vinyl restaurant booth on date night, Lela Davidson has captured life on the cul-de-sac with a husband, two kids, and the occasional pet. Whether failing at cloth diaper origami or smug in knowledge that her children have never consumed a PopTart, Lela assures parents they are not alone, and that it’s okay to laugh-at yourself, and at your kids. These are the stories of Everyparent-even if we don’t always tell them out loud. Each of these 62 essays can be read in under five minutes for a quick laugh-either with or at the author.  Available on Amazon.com.