2014 Summer Adventures in Bookland

It's a Firefly NightIt's a Firefly Night by Dianne Ochiltree (ages up to 6). It's finally summer - time to catch fireflies! This cute, rhyming story of a girl and her father is brought to life by vivid pictures, reminiscent of Eric Carle. Perfect for Father's Day! ~ Leah Moore The StarsThe Stars: A New Way to See Them by H. A. Rey (all ages). Summer nights are perfect for stargazing with your kids, and this guide by the creator of Curious George is a terrific introduction to the night sky. ~ Jennifer Armstrong
Great Things to Do OutsideGreat Things to Do Outside by DK Publishing. Time to shut off the electronics and get outside! You'll love the projects for any weather. Make your own peashooter or design a treasure hunt; create a ladybug sanctuary, lavender soap or just lie down and cloud spot! 365 awesome outdoor activities that will open everyone's eyes to nature's playground. ~ Martha Cornwell & Whitney Kaaz Get Your Bug On! ($1-$17.99). Start your backyard exploring with our great selection of butterfly nets, bug jars, Critter Keepers and magnifying glasses. Not available online. ~ Monique Proulx
Edgar Gets Ready for BedEdgar Gets Ready for Bed by Jennifer Adams, illus by Ron Stucki. A charming, stylized bedtime book inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." With a light touch, this endearing story is far from dreary. ~ Jessica Wood Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall AsleepChengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg. Warm, fuzzy text joins warm, fuzzy illustrations to create a cozy bedtime story for those who have trouble falling asleep - or not. Readers and listeners will be charmed by adorable panda bear Chengdu's solution to his insomnia. ~ Gail King
Go! Go! Go! Stop!Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Cherise Mericle Harper. Green and red are bossing trucks and diggers around a construction site, creating chaos (too much stop! too much go!) until yellow shows up to smooth the rough edges. Full of giggles and might even inspire an exciting came of Red Light! Green Light! ~ Jennifer Armstrong Feeding the SheepFeeding the Sheep by Leda Schubert & Andrea U'Ren. The day-to-day, season to season work caring for a flock of sheep. Schubert, a Vermont author, weaves a gentle call and response song of the process from sheep to sweater. A perfect gift for fiber lovers everywhere! ~ Martha Cornwell Troll SwapTroll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson. Timothy Limpet is a tidy troll. Tabitha Lumpit is a loopy girl. Neither fits in, until they decide to switch places! Delightful wordplay and colorful illustrations make this a story time favorite. ~ Marika McCoola
JunkyardJunkyard by Mike Austin. The story of two garbage-munching robots cleaning up their messy world to plant a garden! Bright colors give these pictures attitude, and the rhyming text makes it a blast to read aloud. ~ Leah Moore Poor Doreen: A Fishy TalePoor Doreen: A Fishy Tale by Sally Lloyd- Jones & Alexandra Boiger. Ignorance is truly bliss for some folks. Oblivious to the perils that stalk her at every turn, Doreen (an Ample Roundy Fish) swims through life with an unquenchable sunny disposition. One close call after another, and yet she remains sublimely positive. ~ Jennifer Armstrong The Crocodile Who Didn't Like WaterThe Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water by Gemma Merino. An entertaining story about a crocodile that wants to fit in but doesn't really enjoy what other crocodiles do - until he discovers that maybe he isn't a crocodile after all. An inspiring story about finding out who you are and being yourself. ~ Frances Tobia
Hide and Seek Harry Around the HouseHide and Seek Harry Around the House & Hide and Seek Harry at the Beach by Kenny Harrison. Harry is a hippo and, as such, is not quite as good at hiding as he thinks he is, but the kids love playing hide and seek with him all the same. Little ones will delight in the silly hiding places Harry chooses. ~ Jennifer Armstrong Tap Tap Boom BoomTap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle, illus by G. Brian Karas. As a thunderstorm rolls in, a diverse urban community rushes to the subway to escape the rain, thunder and lightning. Rhythmic verse coupled with lively illustrations make for a fabulous antidote to stormy summer weather. ~ Gail King The Baby TreeThe Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall. This adorable book explores the different theories about where babies come from! A little boy is about to have a baby brother and he asks everyone he can about the origin of babies until he gets the right answer. Includes suggestions for how to answer some tricky questions from soon-to-be big brothers or sisters. ~ Adriana Gomez Piccolo
The Secret TreeThe Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford. Minty plans to spend the summer hanging out on the block and practicing roller derby moves. But when she discovers a tree full of secrets, she sets out to solve the neighborhood's many mysteries. A cute and quirky summer mystery. ~ Marika McCoola The Night GardenerThe Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. Perfect underthe- covers Gothic thriller for readers with strong nerves. Orphans Molly and Kip are new servants in the manor house, where muddy footprints each morning show the passage of a mysterious "night man," and their employers grow weaker day by day. Atmospheric and spooky! ~ Jennifer Armstrong
Beth's Story, 1914Beth's Story: 1914 by Adele Whitby. The first in a new historical fiction mystery series! Secrets lie locked in the walls of Chatswood Manor and Beth is determined to uncover them. When her heirloom necklace goes missing, she finds a diary that is riddled with clues. Great for American Girl and Dear America fans! ~ Martha Cornwell The ACB with Honora LeeThe ACB with Honora Lee by Kate Di Goldi & Gregory O'Brien. Perry and her father visit Gran at the retirement home every Saturday, but Gran can't remember who that man is. Perry discovers her Gran's love of the alphabet and decides to make an ABC to help her remember. A book for every child's library. ~ Martha Cornwell
The Meaning of MaggieThe Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern. Being 11 means the beginning of everything! Maggie is one step closer to voting, getting a tattoo and becoming president. It also means she must find out why her dad's legs are falling asleep. A quirky, heartbreaking, refreshingly honest story of a family coping with MS. ~ Martha Cornwell & Whitney Kaaz The BoundlessThe Boundless by Kenneth Oppel. The action begins with an avalanche and doesn't stop! After Will's father saves a railroad baron, he becomes engineer on the largest luxury train ever built. Will thinks he's just along for the ride, but after witnessing a murder, he realizes this is no vacation. Pure adventure! ~ Leah Moore
Open Road SummerOpen Road Summer by Emery Lord. A beautifully written debut from a talented author, about Reagan, the misanthropic "delinquent" best friend of rising superstar Delilah Montgomery, as she accompanies the singer on her headlining summer tour. Perfect for anyone who loves music, summer, romance and friendship. ~ Paige Mushaw Why We Took the CarWhy We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herndorf. Mike and Tschick are misfits, permanent residents of Loserville. When Tschick "borrows" a car at the start of summer vacation, Mike reluctantly goes along for the ride. Hilarious and touching. Think of it as a driver's manual for friendship, loyalty and finding your own way. ~ Jennifer Armstrong
Love by the Morning StarLove by the Morning Star by Laura L. Sullivan. Upstairs/Downstairs meets P. G. Wodehouse in this WWII romantic comedy. Hannah has been sent from Germany to live with her relatives at the same time Anna is sent to spy on the family. Their identities are confused and result is a sparkling romantic comedy. ~ Marika McCoola Breakfast Served AnytimeBreakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs. At a summer gifted and talented program, Gloria tries to embrace everything but there are challenges - from her enigmatic professor, the annoying boy who dresses like a Mad Hatter and her nice roommate from a coal-industry family. You'll relish every moment of this summer of discovery. ~ Marika McCoola Swim That RockSwim that Rock by John Rocco & Jay Primiano. When his father goes missing in a fishing accident, Jake must save the family diner that is sinking into debt as well as his family's legacy, even though being a quahogger isn't easy. A beautifully written male coming-of-age story set in coastal Rhode Island. ~ Martha Cornwell
The Summer ExperimentThe Summer Experiment by Cathie Pelletier. UFOs in Allagash, Maine? Roberta and her best friend, Marileee, think if they can prove it, they'll definitely have the winning State Science Fair project. But what are the consequences? A fun summer read for those who like a bit of mystery. ~ Gail King Say What You WillSay What You Will by Cammie McGovern. A nonverbal girl, communicating through a computer, falls in love with a boy with OCD. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, try this realistic novel featuring star-crossed lovers making tough choices. Spoiler alert: Contains the unintended consequences of stereotyping, underage drinking and unplanned pregnancy. ~ Bonnie Winchester

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial RussiaThe Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming. Moving between the Romanov family and the plight of the Russian peasants, this story offers a surprising portrait of the family and their inevitable downfall. With period photographs and primary sources. Nonfiction at its very best! ~ Martha Cornwell
This One SummerThis One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illus by Jillian Tamaki. Rose and Windy spend every summer together at Awago Beach. This year, things are different. Rose's parents are fighting and drama among the local teens is as entrancing as it is frightening. Stunning illustrations and carefully crafted text combine in this pitch-perfect graphic novel. ~ Marika McCoola
SetSet: The Family Game of Visual Perception. An excellent family game that can quickly become addictive. Math nerds will love it, but if you don't have any math nerds, don't worry – it's fun for everyone. Totally portable for summer road trips and picnic tables. ~ Jennifer Armstrong Soda Geyser Car by Be AmazingSoda Geyser Car. Build a car that will zoom more than 100 feet fueled by Mentos and Soda! Sixteen fun-packed activities all in one kit. Learning about Newton's Law of Motion has never been so much fun. ~ Monique Proulx All You Need Is a Pencil: The Stuck in a Car, Plane, or Train Activity Book: Games, Doodling, Puzzles, and More!All You Need Is a Pencil: The Stuck in a Car, Plane or Train Activity Book by Joe Rhatigan. The name says it all – don't travel this summer without this in your "I'm bored!" emergency toolkit. ~ Jennifer Armstrong
Mountain of Doom by Be AmazingMountain of Doom. Twelve superb science activities in one kit! Make an avalanche, erupt a volcano, create a quick sand pit – this is just some of the fun that awaits you on the Mountain of Doom: having fun with science even on a summer vacation. ~ Monique Proulx GoldieBlox and the Dunk TankGoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank (ages 4-9). Engineering toys with a girl's twist, designed by Debbie Sterling, a Stanford University grad, to encourage the next generation of women engineers. In every set you can help Goldie bring her great ideas to life by building a new invention and reading along with her story! ~ Leah Moore & Krysta Piccoli