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The Best Children’s Books of
Summer 2016

by Melissa Taylor

2016 Summer Books Preview

Kick off the summer book season with one of these hot new picture book or middle grade chapter book releases! You’ll find books on a myriad of topics, some with valuable life lessons and others with a nonfiction bent. From the latest Harry Potter story to a book featuring superheroes in high school — no matter what your interests, there’s something here for everyone.

  • Ages 6–8

  • Freckleface Strawberry and the Really Big Voice

    by Julianne Moore, illustrated by Leuyen Pham

    Windy Pants Patrick, Freckleface Strawberry’s best friend, can’t help his loud, loud voice. Everywhere he goes, he’s told that he’s too loud. Fortunately there is a place that he can he use his loud voice. Kids will enjoy this relatable story about using their inside and outside voices.
    (Available July 12, 2016)

  • NanoBots

    by Chris Gall

    From the creator of DinoTrux come the NanoBots, which help their boy inventor with everything — keeping him healthy, picking up after him, and searching for new microscopic creatures. They may be small, but they can do big things, including saving a super-sized robot in trouble.
    (Available August 23, 2016)

  • The Storyteller

    by Evan Turk

    When the Kingdom of Morocco grew bigger and bigger, it forgot about the storytellers and their stories. When the last storyteller shares his stories, a young boy discovers the forgotten truth — the thirst-quenching wonder of a tale well told.
    (Available June 28, 2016)

  • A Unicorn Named Sparkle

    by Amy Young

    Lucy can’t wait for her mail-order unicorn, Sparkle, to arrive. She’s horrified when a smelly, flea-ridden, long-eared creature shows up instead of what she imagined. Despite her initial misgivings, Lucy learns that Sparkle is just perfect for her.
    (Available July 5, 2016)

  • Return

    by Aaron Becker

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    Third in the beautiful trilogy begun in Journey and continued in Quest, Return depicts a lonely girl’s return into the fantastical world of wondrous landscapes and unusual creatures. Once she’s there, she does not want to go home to her too-busy father. It will take something very powerful to convince the girl to return home.
    (Available August 2, 2016)

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Are you looking forward to any of these children’s books? Are there any others your family can’t wait to read? Let us know in the comments below!