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The next new summery image books for preschoolers and up contact on themes of overcoming fears, making new associates, defining residence, and persevering, all in light-and-breezy summertime-friendly methods. For extra really useful summertime reads, take a look at our Summer season Studying record. See additionally our new 5 Questions interviews with Julián Is a Mermaid writer/illustrator Jessica Love and Pie Is for Sharing writer Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and illustrator Jason Chin.

In Valeri Gorbachev’s No Swimming for Nelly, the principle character — a pink piglet with a jaunty pink bow—is thrilled along with her new red-and-white polka-dotted swimsuit, however she refuses to get within the water: “No swimming for me.” Gorbachev’s pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations use a number of sea-greens and golden-yellows, and embrace humorous particulars for kids to search out. The photographs depict a cheerful mother-daughter pair all through, joined on the finish by Grandma — a champion swimmer. (Vacation, 2–5 years)

Like Nelly (in No Swimming for Nelly, above), the unnamed little woman in Saturday Is Swimming Day by Hyewon Yum loves her (strawberry-decorated) swimsuit and is afraid of the water. Throughout her first swim lesson, she stays poolside. By her second, she’s able to get in, though cautiously. By the third, she’s excited to go to class, and absolutely participates. Yum’s watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations convey the little woman’s shifting feelings by way of easy-to-interpret physique language. (Candlewick, four–7 years)

In Rashin Kheiriyeh’s Saffron Ice Cream, younger narrator Rashin compares the seaside in her birthplace of Iran to the seaside in her new residence of Brooklyn. The absence of two highlights of her seaside enjoyable in Iran — her greatest buddy and saffron ice cream — is a stumbling block, however a brand new buddy and a chocolate-crunch cone at Coney Island assist. Kheiriyeh’s sensory textual content and her vivid and colourful textured illustrations evoke the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes skilled alongside every journey. (Scholastic/Levine, four–7 years)

Ruby, protagonist of The Little Purple Fort, asks her brothers for assist to construct a fort. In true “Little Purple Hen” vogue, nobody agrees: “Oscar Lee pretended to not hear her. Rodrigo gave her a glance that might soften Popsicles. José nearly fell off the fence. ‘You don’t know how to construct something,’ they mentioned. Ruby shrugged. ‘Then I’ll be taught.’” And he or she does. Brenda Maier’s girl-power-meets-classic-folktale story line is participating; Sonia Sánchez’s colorfully patterned and textured illustrations depict a decided and endearing pigtailed heroine. (Scholastic, 5–eight years)

From the June 2018 subject of Notes from the Horn E book.

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