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2018 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Picture Books

Want strategies for seashore studying or books to convey to summer time camp? Listed here are our high ten books for various age ranges — together with fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — all revealed 2017–2018 and superb for the season. Grade ranges are solely strategies; the person little one is the true criterion.

For a helpful take-along listing of titles, obtain our printable PDF.

Straightforward Readers and Major Grades | Intermediate | Center College | Excessive College

Image Books

Urged grade degree for all entries: PS–2

Crown: An Ode to the Contemporary Reduce by Derrick Barnes; illus. by Gordon C. James (Millner/Bolden/Agate)
2018 Newbery Honor, Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Writer and Illustrator Honors, Ezra Jack Keats New Author Award, Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor
The unnamed protagonist tells of his barbershop haircut from begin to end. Colour-saturated illustrations seize the boy’s bravado, swagger, and even his humility, which he wants in accepting a post-cut kiss from his admiring mom. A not-to-be-missed portrayal of the fantastic thing about black boyhood. 32 pages.

Home windows by Julia Denos; illus. by E. B. Goodale (Candlewick)
2018 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor
As night falls, a brown-skinned little one walks the canine by means of their city neighborhood, musing on the actions glimpsed by means of home windows. The contemplative tone is balanced by appreciable motion within the mixed-media illustrations and a way of vibrant life all through. 32 pages.

How Are You? / ¿Cómo estás? by Angela Dominguez (Holt)
The 2 giraffes from How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo se cube? star on this high-energy bilingual e-book about figuring out feelings and making pals. Digitally colorized mixed-media illustrations place the emphasis on the giraffes’ comedian expressions and goofy antics. 32 pages.

A Spherical of Robins by Katie Hesterman; illus. by Sergio Ruzzier (Paulsen/Penguin)
Sixteen temporary, informative, and extremely entertaining poems comply with a pair of robin mother and father as they elevate not one however two units of child robins. Character-filled pen-and-ink and watercolor footage characteristic right chicken anatomy however add physique language comically paying homage to people. 40 pages.

Pie Is for Sharing by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard; illus. by Jason Chin (Porter/Roaring Brook)
This idyllic, joyously inclusive image e-book takes an atypical idea — sharing — and makes it extraordinary over the course of a daylong Fourth of July celebration. On the spectacular fireworks show, all of the neighborhood members — a real variety of races and genders and ages — share the identical rapt expression. 32 pages.

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Candlewick)
Mermaid-loving Julián creates a makeshift costume and places on lipstick. How will his abuela react? Fortunately, it’s all good, and the 2 stroll proudly towards a parade (à la Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade). Vibrant illustrations create scenes that splash and swirl to life. 40 pages.

The Little Crimson Cat Who Ran Away and Discovered His ABC’s (the Laborious Method) by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown)
Just a little crimson cat meets up with an alligator, an encounter that units this wordless — save for letterforms — alphabet e-book into motion. Skilled strains transfer the attention throughout every unfold and on to the subsequent. Touches of wit and loads of zip suggest this for lap-sit sharing. 48 pages.

Cricket within the Thicket: Poems About Bugs by Carol Murray; illus. by Melissa Candy (Ottaviano/Holt)
Twenty-nine widespread bugs and arachnids are on show all through Murray’s energetic poems and Candy’s inviting mixed-media illustrations. The poems make use of quite a lot of kinds and rhythmic constructions, and elegantly use line breaks and meter to convey the topics to life. 40 pages.

The Area by Baptiste Paul; illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara (NorthSouth)
The place: a verdant Caribbean islandscape. The day’s exercise: a youngsters’s pickup recreation of futbol (soccer). This common story that includes the world’s hottest sport is made explicit by the specificity of its setting and language. 32 pages.

Sturdy as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Turned the Strongest Man on Earth by Don Tate (Charlesbridge)
This chronological narrative tells the story of Victorian-era bodybuilding famous person Eugen Sandow — from “feeble” boy to acrobat, strongman, health guru, and creator of the primary organized bodybuilding contest — with drama and aptitude. Digital illustrations in a heat colour palette are entertaining and approachable. 40 pages.

From the Could 2018 challenge of Notes from the Horn Ebook: Summer time Studying.

For previous years’ summer time studying lists from The Horn Ebook, click on on the tag summer time studying.

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