July Staff Reading Recommendations

This month's staff recommendations come from Emily Snyder, our Children's Librarian. When she's not reading books that involve elves, dragons, and/or magical quests she's keeping up with the latest books for kids. Read on to find out what she recommends for your young kiddos this summer! Each of these books are available at TCPL.

Pete the Cat's Got Class by James Dean

As a rule, most kids dislike math. I recently had a conversation with a seven year old little friend who told me, "I really hate math, which is hard because I'm so good at it." See, even the ones who do well in the subject don't like it! Enter: this great new book from a crowd favorite, Pete the Cat! In the book he teaches us how to add, subtract, and learn to love math! Two other new Pete books worth checking out: Pete the Cat: Sir Pete the Brave and Pete the Cat: Go, Pete, Go!

Puppy Pool Party!: An Underwater Dogs Adventure by Seth Casteel

This book is just plain adorable and perfect for summer! Who wouldn't want to attend a puppy pool party? This book is all about the photography, so as you read, use it as an opportunity to talk about what your child is seeing. Just don't let them talk you into getting a new family pet!

Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle

Speaking of books that are all about the pictures, this next installment in the Flora series is a gem. Flora, the sweet little dancer, soon learns that while three may be a crowd, friendship will win out in the end. Completely void of text, you and your children will have a blast making up the story all on your own. I find textless picture books to be a beautiful way to learn more about how your child thinks and perceives the world. If you like this book be sure to also pick up Flora and the Flamingo and Flora and the Penguin. 

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't! by Elise Parsley 

If you're getting ready to take your little ones to the beach this summer (best of luck to you, by the way!) this is a fun, wacky book that will get them ready for the sand and surf. Our main character Magnolia insists that her upright piano must come with her to the beach and zany antics ensue. You may recognize Magnolia from her previous adventure, If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! Which, come to think of it, would make a perfect segue into back to school time once you get back from that beach vacation!  

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