Happy Father's Day! Happy reading! Will your family go fishing, read a book together, go hiking, or fly a kite? No matter how you celebrate June, have a wonderful Father's Day and a wonderful month!
by Toni Buzzeo and Jim Datz
Can you guess which tools go to which craftsperson? Children will love guessing which craftsperson is behind the heavy-duty gatefold that features the smiling tools the person uses. Rhyming, rhythmic text and bold, bright illustrations of smiling tools and all types of people building makes this a fun book to read that children will want to open again and again! Abrams Appleseed, $9.95; baby-preschool
Zig and the Magic Umbrella
by Sylvie Kantorovitz
When a magic umbrella floats past Zig’s house, he grabs hold and quite the adventure ensues! Follow along with Zig as he makes a friend—Bird. Then, follow along with both of them as they hatch a plan to save a bunch of Bird’s friends. This is a fabulously magical story full of dynamic, colorful llustrations. Dial, $16.99; ages 3-6
Spy Guy: The Not-So-Secret Agent
by Jessica Young
Spy Guy wants to be sneaky, he tries to be sneaky, but it just doesn’t work. He asks his dad (the Chief) for help and has some great adventures along the way to learning the secret of spying. Will he ever be able to surprise his dad and get good at being a spy? Find out in this charming book! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, ages 4-8
Gone Fishing: A Novel In Verse
by Tamera Will Wissinger
Dad and Sam are supposed to be going fishing, but all of the sudden Lucy, his sister, gets to come along too. From a tercet variation worm- hunting poem to a concrete poem shaped like a fish, this book is full of all kinds of amazing poetry that works together seamlessly to tell this trio’s fishing story. Full of fish, worms, and lots of laughs, this is one fishing story you won’t want to put down until the very end. At the end, there is an informative author’s note about poetic forms and techniques.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99; ages 6-10
by Rob Biddulph
Come along for a ride with Penguin Blue and friends and see how the maiden flight of Blue’s kite goes for them. The kite goes so high it actually lifts Penguin Blue and two friends right up into the air. Journey along with them as they fl y out over the ocean. How will they ever get back home? Find out in this fabulous adventure full of dynamic, vibrant illustrations! Harper, $17.99; ages 4-8
by Matt Phelan
Penelope is bored and it just keeps raining and raining! Her dad asks her what she would like to do if she had her “druthers.” After explaining what druthers are, Penelope and her dad have a fabulous day playing inside while the rain reigns outside. After their day Penelope says that if she really had her druthers tomorrow would be a rainy day as well! A charming story full of lively, illustrations that celebrates fathers, daughters, and imagination! Candlewick Press, $15.99; ages 4-8
Parents Read Too!
Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee
This is an historic literary event! Harper Lee, the bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, originally wrote Go Set a Watchman first. The manuscript for this Watchman, assumed to have been lost, was discovered in late 2014, and it features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, albeit set some 20 years later. In the novel, Scout returns home to Maycomb where she struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that has shaped her. Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right. Available at Amazon.com.
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.