Start the summer holidays with fun books – Low Calorie Diets Tips

After another turbulent school year in many ways, the summer holidays are a welcome break for children.

While children may need to step away from academics for a while, they still need to be read aloud and read independently if their abilities allow. One of the best ways to keep kids listening/reading is to look for books that are lighthearted and stimulate the imagination like the books being reviewed today.

It is a proven fact that children who do not read (or are not read to) in the summer fall behind their peers when they return to school. Your public library has pretty much everything a child could want in the reading world. Your local librarian will be happy to help. What’s more, your public library offers are free of charge. This is a real win-win situation.

Empower kids with a summer of great books they won’t get graded for. Instead, just let the kids read on for fun!

books to borrow

The following book is available in many public libraries.

“Stick Dog”, written and illustrated by Tom Watson, Harper, 189 pages

Reading aloud: from 7 years.

Read for yourself: from 8 years.

Stick Dog lives in an empty pipe under a highway. He’s lived in the Pipe and Stick Dog for as long as he can remember and has four very good canine friends: Poo-Poo, Karen, Mutt and Stripes. Stick Dog’s friends are very important to him, but one thing is even more important – food!!

It’s summer and Stick Dog knows it’s time to have a barbecue outside. One afternoon, Stick Dog and his buddies smell the irresistible smell of grilled hamburgers in Prospect Park. Stick Dog needs to get one of these hamburgers, and his friends decide to join him. But the task turns out to be much more complicated than any of the dogs expected.

Hilarious in every way, the kindhearted Stick Dog and his four canine friends will have children laughing page after page.

The Librarian’s Choice

Library: Hamburg City Library, N. Drei Str. 35, Hamburg

Library Director: Chelsea Williams

Youth Services Librarian: Becky Hartman

This week’s picks: “The New LiBEARian” by Alison Donald; Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl; “Holes” by Louis Sachar

to buy books

The following books are available in popular bookstores.

“Poopsie Gets Lost,” Written and Illustrated by Hannah E. Harrison, Dial, 2022, 44 pages Hardcover for $18.99

Reading aloud: 3 – 7 years.

Read for yourself: 6 – 7 years.

Poopsie the cat lives an enchanted life, preferring to spend her days in her lovely cat bed. However, the narrator of this book has a different idea of ​​Poopsie and strongly suggests that Poopsie is a daring adventuress and should be pushing out the cat door and venturing into where the real fun is.

Poopsie doesn’t know where to go and can’t read the warning signs that indicate the place she’ll enter when full of danger. She ventures into a jungle-like area where she encounters venomous snakes, hungry crocodiles, angry tigers, and a scary descent down a waterfall. Poopsie must use her wits to try and escape the dangers that surround her. Will she ever make it home to her comfy cat bed?

Highly original, Poopsie Gets Lost is packed to the brim with just the right amount of playful excitement and fun.

“Air Miles” by Bill Salaman, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, Candlewick, 2022, 36 pages, hardcover for $18.99

Reading aloud: 4 – 8 years.

Read for yourself: 6 – 8 years.

Miles the dog lived with his people Norman and his mother Alice. As a younger dog, Miles was very active and even learned to drive a car built by her neighbor, Mr. Huddy. But Miles was older now and had trouble doing the things he used to enjoy.

Norman and Alice thought Miles needed something new to cheer him up and asked Mr Huddy for advice. Mr. Huddy had built an airplane and needed a pilot small enough to fit in the cockpit. Since Miles already knew how to drive a car, it seemed like he could learn to fly quickly, and he did.

Flight after flight, Miles flew to many exciting places, and when he came back he slept late. Then one day, Miles didn’t want his food, left the house and went to the plane. Norman followed, lifting Miles gently into the cockpit, and Miles took off into the sky again, this time higher and further than ever – his last flight.

A magical, heartfelt love and farewell story, Air Miles is ultimately an uplifting tale perfectly complemented by the expressive illustrations of Helen Oxenbury’s award-winning art.

Kendal Rautzhan, nationally syndicated, writes and lectures on children’s literature. She can be reached at

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