Today we’re looking at the next set of books we found in our Summer Book Hunt! This week is all Bean–she is excited about this project and had fun hunting through her shelves and Addy’s shelves to find more summer-themed books. The one that’s still vexing us…we haven’t found a book showing a BBQ yet! Our eyes are peeled!
Summer reading for kids

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Summer reading for kids

A book about biking

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Kids amaze me with their memory about the details of a book. When I told Bean we were searching for a book about a bicycle she sprinted directly for Thunder Boy Jr.…which is not a book about a bicycle. But she flipped through, and there it was: an illustration of Thunder Boy standing atop his bicycle, being chased by his worried father.

Thunder Boy Smith has a unique name. His mom and his sister have “good, normal” names, but Thunder Boy is not a normal name. Thunder Boy doesn’t even get to have his not-so-normal name to himself—he has to share it with his dad, Thunder Boy Sr., otherwise known as Big Thunder. In the end, an unspoken understanding leads to a resolution in the form of a new name that honors the father’s legacy while allowing the son his own identity.

A book about family time

This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

This unique picture book is all about how different kids and families do things around the world. (It’s also, as I noted on Instagram this week, a great way to get that old Montell Jordan song stuck in your head.)

Learn what these kids wear to school, how they play, how they unwind at the end of the day, and how they spend time with their families. The book is illustrated, but has photos of the families featured at the end, which helps kids understand that This is How We Do It is a nonfiction book. Read our review in our roundup of our favorite books from July 2017.

A book about nature

I Wrote You a Note by Lizi Boyd

We received a copy of this book from Chronicle Books in exchange for an honest review. I Wrote You a Note is a lovely friendship story. A young girl writes her friend a note, which is carried by animal friends through fields and woods. Each animal tries to use the note for its own purposes. Bird tries to make a nest, snail tries to make a house, and rabbit makes a basket. But it flits and floats away from each animal until it reaches its intended recipient. Pick up a copy of this fun, nature-filled book to join the party and find out what the special note says. Lizi Boy’d illustrations make the book extra cheerful, modern and summery!

A book about sleeping in

Wake Up, Rupert! by Mike Twohy

Full disclosure: I have not read this book. Bean read it at preschool and reports back that it’s hilarious. And since this is her Summer Book Hunt, she gets to choose the books! The description from Amazon:

A rooster who just wants to sleep in gets a little help from a friend in this laugh-out-loud picture book from New Yorker artist Mike Twohy. Rupert the rooster knows that every morning when the sun comes up he must cock-a-doodle-do—no matter what. But Rupert is terrible at waking up! And even worse, he can never, ever sleep in. Life just isn’t fair. When his friend Sherman the Sheep volunteers for the job, everything is perfect. Or is it?

Author/illustrator pair (and husband/wife pair) Trisha Speed Shaskan and Stephen Shaskan are musicians, artists and teachers, so who better to create a children’s book about Punks Skunks? Kit and Buzz are BSFs—Best Skunks Forever. But sometimes even BSFs fight. These two rockers have band practice everyday until artistic differences get in the way. Kit wants to sing about skating. Buzz wants to play a song about painting. The BSFs split up. But things just don’t sound right without each other. Will the band get back together? An extra treat: the illustrations hold lots of clues about the real life of skunks, too!

A book about ice cream

Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis

Yum! This is our favorite Summer Book Hunt category. And Peter Sis made it easy for us by writing a book all about an Ice Cream Summer.

It starts out with a young boy writing a letter to his grandpa about how good he’s being this summer. He’s reading, doing his math, and studying history. Turns out, all of his summer learning is a guise for eating lots of ice cream. But surely, he’s earned a trip to the ice cream store with Grandpa after all that hard work?

Did you miss Part One of the books we found in our Summer Book Hunt? Find them here:

It’s not too late to start your Summer Book Hunt! Download it below to start hunting today!

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