BookPage is excited to reveal the cover for Wish, the upcoming middle-grade novel by Barbara O'Connor, the award-winning author of How to Steal a Dog and The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester. It will be released this November from Macmillan Children's.
According to the publisher, Wish takes young readers to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where 11-year-old Charlie Reese is sent by her irresponsible parents to live with family she doesn't know. But there she finds a stray dog that quickly becomes her best friend, and suddenly it feels as though her greatest wish may come true.
This week, the Library of Congress appointed graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang as the 2015-2016 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The son of Chinese immigrants, Yang is the first graphic novelist to hold the position since it was created in 2008. Yang's 2006 graphic novel, American Born Chinese, received the Printz Award, an Eisner Award for best graphic album, and was the first graphic novel to be a finalist for the National Book Award.
It seems so fitting that Yang would hold this position of encouraging kids all over America to read, at a time when graphic novels are finding more and more recognition as a credible literary form and as a useful way to encourage young people to read. We spoke with Yang about his platform Reading Without Walls, the future of graphic novels, book recommendations and much more.
Congratulations on being named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature! What does this position mean to you?
Thank you! I’m so excited and honored to be appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature! I’m now a part of a larger mission. The Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader and the Children’s Book Council want to get more kids reading and kids reading more. The post is a part of that mission. My predecessors Kate DiCamillo, Walter Dean Myers, Katherine Paterson and Jon Scieszka have established a legacy. I’m going to do everything I can to carry on that legacy.
What is your personal goal as ambassador? What will be your greatest challenge?
I have two goals. First, I want to encourage kids to explore the world through reading. Second, I want to figure out how to use technology to promote reading.
I’m not sure what my greatest challenge will be. This first year, I’m sure everything will be a challenge.
Tell us a bit about your platform "Reading Without Walls."
Every ambassador chooses a platform. A couple months ago, I met with First Second Books and the Children’s Book Council. Together, we came up with the platform “Reading Without Walls.” We want kids to go outside their comfort zones.
For a kid who doesn’t read for fun, this means picking up a book and giving it a try.
For kids who are already reading, we want to challenge them in three ways. First, pick a book with someone on the cover who doesn’t look like you or live like you. Second, pick a book about a topic that you find intimidating. I’m actively pushing STEM-related books. I think stories are a great way to introduce STEM to kids. And third, pick a book in a format you’ve never tried before. If you only read prose novels, give a graphic novel a try. If you’re the opposite, if you only read graphic novels, give a words-only book a try.
How do you think your ambassadorship will affect the future of graphic novels and comics?
The fact that they were willing to consider a graphic novelist for the post shows how far comic book culture has come in America. When I was a kid, graphic novels were hard to find at my local library. We were never allowed to read them in class. Now, librarians and teachers are using graphic novels to engage students. They recognize the value of the medium.
My hope is that this just the beginning. Actually, it’s not just a hope. I KNOW this is just the beginning of a wonderful, fruitful era for American comics.
What books do you most often recommend to young readers?
I recommend a lot of different books for a lot of different readers. Here are some of my favorites:
For young readers, any words to live by?
Read. Write. Draw.
We're still talking about our favorite children's books of 2015 and the 2016 Youth Media Award winners, but it's time to get excited about what 2016 holds, including new books from Kate DiCamillo, Jon Klassen and more. With a list like this, we can't wait to see what other great children's books await us this year!
Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead (Roaring Brook, March 1)
We're always a sucker for a new Stead picture book, but this one looks especially magical. It’s sort of a book about nothing, or everything: In search of writing ideas, an author takes a walk with his dog around the neighborhood. View all our reviews of Stead's previous books.
Summerlost by Ally Condie (Dutton, March 29)
The author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling Matched trilogy makes her middle-grade debut with the story of 12-year-old Cedar, who is grieving the sudden deaths of her father and younger brother while working for the renowned Summerlost Shakespearean theater company.
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley and Lauren Castillo (Two Lions, April 1)
This beachy bedtime book is the first-ever picture book from Pulitzer Prize winner Smiley, and we're ecstatic to see she's collaborating with Caldecott Honor winner Castillo (Nana in the City).
Booked by Kwame Alexander (HMH, April 5)
Alexander follows up his Newbery Medal winner, The Crossover, with another novel-in-verse, this one a heartfelt tale of soccer. Most importantly, one of the characters is a rapping librarian named The Mac.
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick, April 12)
Two-time Newbery Medalist DiCamillo pulls generously from her own life for this much-anticipated middle-grade novel about 10-year-old Raymie Clarke, whose father has just run away with a local dental hygienist. Specifically, DiCamillo grew up in small-town Central Florida, competed in (and lost) the Little Miss Orange Blossom contest, and her father left the family when she was very young. View all our reviews of DiCamillo's previous books.
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat (Little, Brown, April 12)
Don't let the innocuous title fool you, as there's also a T-Rex on the cover of Caldecott Medalist Santat's road trip picture book, so we're expecting more than a few wonderfully ridiculous surprises. On this most unusual road trip, time seems to be moving so. slowly. . . . that it starts moving backward. View all our reviews of Santat's previous books.
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier (Amulet, April 5)
It seems like we've waited FOREVER for Auxier to take us back to the world of Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes (2011). But our patience is rewarded: This new middle-grade book is set two years after Peter Nimble and Sir Tode rescued the kingdom of HazelPort, and now they're back to find a 12-year-old bookmender named Sophie Quire. View all our reviews of Auxier's previous books.
Gordon and Tapir by Sebastian Meschenmoser (NorthSouth, April)
Mr. Squirrel and the Moon was one of our very favorite 2015 picture books, and we can't wait to see the humor and charm that will no doubt fill Meschenmoser's odd-couple tale. And it's already been shortlisted for the German Children’s Book of the Year Award.
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Little, Brown, May 10)
National Book Award-winner Alexie and Caldecott Honor winner Morales (Viva Frida) team up for a picture book about a little boy, son of Big Thunder, who's looking for his own special name.
There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook, May 3)
We were granted a sneak peek of Smith's picture book for last September's cover reveal and Q&A, and we still can't wait for this one. Plus, I crack up everytime I think of a group of Lane Smiths being an "annoyance of Lanes." View all our reviews of Smith's previous books.
A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff (Philomel, May 24)
The latest middle-grade novel from National Book Award nominee Graff returns to the world of A Tangle of Knots (2013) for another magic-filled camp adventure. View all our reviews of Graff's previous books.
Nine, Ten by Nora Raleigh Baskin (Atheneum, June 28)
Ruby on the Outside was one of our favorite 2015 middle-grade novels, so we're definitely watching for Baskin's next book, about four middle schoolers whose lives are dramatically impacted by the tragic events of 9/11.
School's First Day of School by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson (Roaring Brook, June 28)
Robinson just picked up a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for Last Stop on Market Street, and he's quickly becoming one of our all-time favorite illustrators. His back-to-school book with Rex sounds like a collaboration made in heaven.
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown, July 12)
Another 9/11 middle-grade novel? We trust Rhodes to do the tragic events justice. View all our reviews of Rhodes' previous books.
Travis and Stinky by Jacqueline Kelly (Macmillan Children's, October 4)
This is the first installment in a new spinoff series of chapter books from Kelly's beloved The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate and The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate. A new generation of readers will get to meet all those wonderful characters we immediately fell in love with. View all our reviews of Kelly's previous books.
We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen (Candlewick, October 11)
The epic Klassen hat saga reaches its end, after I Want My Hat Back and the Caldecott Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning This Is Not My Hat. This time, two turtles have found a hat, both of whom look good in said hat. Who will win the hat? Will one turtle eat the other turtle? These questions must be—will be—answered.
A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785 by Matthew Olshan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (FSG, October 11)
Olshan and Blackall brought us the outstanding The Mighty Lalouche (2013), so another (mostly true) history lesson from the duo is a real treat. Check out our interview with Blackall on The Mighty Lalouche and collaborating with Olshan.
What children's books are you most looking forward to this year? Share in the comments below.
Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards. Several of the BookPage Best Children's and Teen Books of 2015 received awards, including Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, which took the Newbery Medal, a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford and Ekua Holmes also earned multiple nods, including a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award and a Sibert Honor.
And congratulations to Jerry Pinkney, winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement!
Read on for all the winners:
NEWBERY MEDAL, for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Putnam)
Newbery Honor Books:
CALDECOTT MEDAL, for the most distinguished American picture book for children: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (Little, Brown)
Caldecott Honor Books:
CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR BOOK AWARD, for an African-American author of outstanding books for children and young adults: Rita Williams-Garcia for Gone Crazy in Alabama (Amistad)
King Author Honor Books:
CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR BOOK AWARD, for an African-American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: Bryan Collier for Trombone Shorty, written by Troy Andrews (Abrams)
King Illustrator Honor Books:
CORETTA SCOTT KING/JOHN STEPTOE NEW TALENT AUTHOR AWARD: Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith (Clarion)
CORETTA SCOTT KING/JOHN STEPTOE NEW TALENT ILLUSTRATOR AWARD: Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes (Candlewick)
PRINTZ: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (Balzer + Bray)
Printz Honor Books:
MARGARET A. EDWARDS AWARD, for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults: David Levithan
PURA BELPRE AUTHOR AWARD, for a Latino writer whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings by Margarita Engle (Atheneum)
SIBERT AWARD for most distinguished informational book for children: Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams)
Sibert Honor Books:
WILLIAM C. MORRIS AWARD, for a debut YA author: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (Balzer + Bray)
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook)
Click here to view all the winners, including the Alex Awards (the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences), the Stonewall Book Award (books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience), the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book and more.
Did your favorite children's or YA book pick up an award this year?
Autumn and harvest time go hand-in-hand with independent reading time. My first BookPage blog post of this school year provided an introduction to STEM, STEAM and STREAM for parents. (Read it here.) Now I want to suggest two novels that parents and children can enjoy together, and which offer wonderful connections to math and science for third- through sixth-grade readers.
In 2010, Aaron R. Hawkins, a professor of electrical engineering at Brigham Young University, published his debut novel for children, The Year Money Grew on Trees. Hawkins said he was inspired by his own memories of growing up in New Mexico and working on his family’s orchard. I’ve been recommending this delightful title as a read-aloud to parents, librarians and teachers ever since I reviewed it for BookPage five years ago.
The year is 1983. Jackson Jones, the book’s 13-year-old hero, has the chance to obtain an apple orchard—but only if he can earn $8,000 from the crop. Jackson convinces his sisters and cousins to help. The book’s humor—and magic—is in watching Jackson and his team learn about pruning, irrigating and fertilizing, to say nothing of trying to figure out the economics of their new business. The author has included maps and illustrations of mechanical equipment and irrigation systems, along with mathematical calculations.
The Year Money Grew on Trees is a wonderful book for budding farmers, engineers, businesspeople and just plain lovers of apples. Check out Hawkins’ website for pictures of some of the equipment used here.
Another debut novelist, Jacqueline Kelly, received a Newbery Honor for her first book, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (2009). (A sequel, The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, was released earlier this year.)
Like The Year Money Grew on Trees, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is historical fiction—only it’s set a bit earlier, in 1899 Texas. Here, the STEM connections are most strongly related to natural history and botany, for Calpurnia’s grandfather is a devoted follower of Charles Darwin, whose book The Origin of Species was published in 1859.
Each chapter in The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate begins with a quotation from Darwin. Calpurnia, the only girl among six brothers, dreams of becoming a scientist herself someday, to her parents’ dismay. Calpurnia tries to fulfill her mother’s expectations that she learn domestic arts, but the truth is, she much prefers exploring the natural world with Grandaddy. One of the highlights of the novel is the duo’s discovery of a new species of plant “heretofore unknown.”
This is a wonderful book for young scientists and plant lovers—both girls and boys. It also complements many nonfiction books on botany, Darwin and the natural world available at your library.
This fall, grab an apple (or some warm homemade applesauce), curl up and read!
Deborah Hopkinson wrote about Charles Darwin in Who Was Charles Darwin? She has also written about the 19th-century astronomer Maria Mitchell in Maria’s Comet. Next spring she will publish Follow the Moon Home, a book about sea turtle conservation with Philippe Cousteau. She's also a regular contributor to BookPage.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month! Eighteen-year-old Aija Mayrock has written the ultimate guide for any kid struggling with bullies, The Survival Guide to Bullying, based on her own difficult experiences. In a guest blog post, Mayrock shares how she went from victim to anti-bullying spokesperson.
The first time I was told I was worthless, I was 8 years old. I felt like I had my purpose taken from me. I was bullied every day at school. When I got home, it didn’t end, because I was cyberbullied as well.
I thought perhaps I could create my purpose again through words. I created fantastical worlds to escape into. I wrote in class, out of class, at home and everywhere I went. But soon I stopped writing. My classmates told me that I wasn’t good enough to write. And I guess because I was 8 years old, I believed them.
So I ventured to the school library every chance I got. I read as many books as I possibly could. And that’s where my dream of writing a book began to blossom. From my early teenage years, I wanted to help other kids survive bullying. But I didn’t know how.
I always read how-to guides on making friends or having confidence. But none of them ever really addressed the issues I was going through. I was terrified of going to school every morning, in fear that I would be torn to shreds by my classmates. I began to hate everything about myself. I lived an online life where I was cyberbullied terribly, yet I didn’t know how to protect myself.
I knew there was a way to shine a flashlight into the unknown for the rest of the kids being bullied. So I started re-reading my diaries that I had kept since the age of 8. I decided to build a book from 8-year-old Aija’s fears and foes.
Eventually my streams of consciousness turned into a guide that could help any kid navigate their way through going to school, having confidence, cyberbullying, finding their creativity and living a happy, healthy life.
It was the guide that I always needed, but never had.
I self-published it a year ago on October 1, 2014. I spoke at local schools and tried to get it into as many kids' hands as possible. My dreams came true when Scholastic published it this summer.
I wake up to hundreds of messages from kids around the world who have heard my story or read my book. I now realize why the bullying happened.
It took me so many years to be able to stand up after being knocked down so many times. It took me even longer to be able to pick up a pen and paper and know that I was worthy enough to write.
I found my purpose in a book I created to help others being bullied find THEIR purpose. It always takes a dark night to be able to see the stars.
BookPage is thrilled to reveal the cover for There Is a Tribe of Kids, the upcoming new picture book by Lane Smith! It will be released next spring from Macmillan Children's. Click to view larger.
Lucky devils that we are, we were granted a sneak peek of the book, and readers can expect a rich and absorbing—and very funny—exploration of collective nouns. Smith answered a few questions about the new book:
BookPage: What inspired your new picture book?
Smith: In the summer of 1969 I was an 8-year-old boy living in the foothills of Corona, California. One evening after several hours of exploring caves and climbing rocks I found myself lost and unable to find my way home.
That night I stumbled onto a herd, also called a tribe, of goats. Mostly kids, as their young are called. They shared their food with me and led me to water. If it had not been for these goats who knows what might have happened to me. As the night grew colder, I found warmth in their fur as we huddled together to sleep. In the morning, they led me home.
I never saw them again.
Over the years the memory of this night faded, and I haven’t thought much about it until your question, ‘What inspired There Is a Tribe of Kids?’ I wonder, could There Is a Tribe of Kids have something to do with that time so long ago, that dreamlike night under the stars with that other Tribe of Kids . . . ?
NAH! I think I just wanted to make a book with lots of different animals.
In choosing groups to feature in the book, what do you think is the silliest group name? Most unfair?
I’ve always thought a Murder of Crows was both the coolest collective noun ever and the most unjust. I love crows. I feed them every morning and could watch them all day long. They are smart, clever and funny and don’t seem the slightest bit murderous.
Why is this book important to you?
I don’t know if important is the right word. I try to avoid “statements” with my books. But the fun thing about picture books is you can do something wildly, stylistically different with each one: sometimes realistic, sometimes cartoony, sometimes goofy, sometimes abstract. I wanted this one to be dreamlike but also a believable journey, so the art is a mixture of the scribbly and the rendered. It’s probably the loosest book I’ve done.
What are you most excited about for young readers to discover with your new book?
I think it will be a good book for group discussion. I never really say if the boy in the story is lost and trying to get back to his “tribe,” or if he was born alone and looking for acceptance with different animal groups. It will be fun to hear what young readers think.
If there were a large group of Lane Smiths, what would that group be called?
My wife Molly said, “an Annoyance of Lanes,” but I think she only said that because she wasn’t sure how to spell “an Adorableness of Lanes.”
Getting your kids back to school in the fall just isn’t as simple as it used to be. Gone are the days when buying a new backpack, shoes and notebook would be enough. Now, in addition to understanding macro-educational policies, standards and testing requirements, parents must also make sense of ever-changing acronyms, such as STEM, STEAM—and now STREAM. What’s behind these terms and what can a parent do to help support a child’s learning?
The acronym STEM has been around for awhile; it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM education refers to teaching and learning in these fields, from preschool to post-doctorate, in both classroom and informal settings. STEM education initiatives are designed to ensure that young people have opportunities in these fields, and to make the U.S. more competitive internationally.
Several years ago, STEM was expanded to STEAM, an effort to incorporate art into the mix. STREAM wasn’t far behind—a reminder that reading and writing are essential. As Rob Furman wrote in his 2014 Huffington Post article, “Without the ability to read and write, there is not a job to be found for which STEM or STEAM education is going to be enough preparation.”
What’s a parent to do? Fortunately, reading great books at home—and seeing reading as a jumping off point for the exploration of the world, is the best place to start. Sometimes just following your child’s lead is all it takes. Examples abound: Gardening books for preschoolers can lead to explorations of how plants get energy, and young children are naturally curious: a fictional story about a bear can lead to nonfiction books about mammals and hibernation.
Here are some tried-and-true tips:
Deborah Hopkinson is the author of titles such as The Great Trouble (about the history of cholera), Sky Boys, How They Built the Empire State Building (construction and engineering) and Who Was Charles Darwin? Her newest book is Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in WWII Denmark, out August 25. She's also a regular contributor to BookPage.
Emma Donoghue is best known for her international best-selling novel Room, which was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth and Orange Prizes. The story of 5-year-old Jack, who has spent his entire life within the confines of a single room with his Ma, is fierce and daring, but young Jack's pitch-perfect narration is what has given the novel such staying power.
With that unforgettable young narrator in her back pocket, Donoghue will publish her first middle grade novel, The Lotterys Plus One, with Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine imprint in February 2017. Sumac Lottery is a little girl at the heart of a big, loving family——six siblings, two moms and two dads all piled into a big Victorian house called Camelottery. It's a lovely life—but then her racist, homophobic grandfather moves in, too.
Says publisher Arthur A. Levine, "This is a tale about the unbridled joy of living in a big, loving family, and the lengths to which one creative nine year old will go when that crazy, delicate equilibrium is threatened. Only a writer with the incredible skill of Emma Donoghue could present such a vibrant bounty of personalities with perfect clarity and true heart."
ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: View all our coverage of Emma Donoghue's books.
It's tough to compete with swimming pools, lake days and bike rides in the sun. To keep kids reading all summer long, it's going to take a whole lot of adventure and magic. Fortunately, there are several new children's books that fit the bill:
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
Ten-year-old Micah Tuttle has grown up listening to stories about the amazing Circus Mirandus, with its talking animals, invisible tigers and otherworldly performers. But when he discovers that magic is real, Micah and his new friend Jenny go in search of a miracle. “Once in a while, it’s good to be ridiculous and amazing," writes debut author Beasley. So true! Read more>>>
Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
This enchanting story set in the Louisiana bayou explores the world of 10-year-old Maddy as she discovers her family's magical legacy. Readers will love the novel's Southern roots and African mermaid mythology, which features a uniquely heroic mermaid. Read more>>>
Grounded by Megan Morrison
The classic Rapunzel fairy tale takes off in a fun, imaginative direction, as our naive heroine discovers her safe little world in the tower may not be all it seems. She journeys into the world of Tyme with her friends Jack and Prince Frog, and their adventures make the pages fly by. Read more>>>
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
With codes, puzzles and literary references, this one will delight young readers who may already be inclined to opt for reading over swimming. The story of 12-year-old Emily as she attempts to win the great Book Scavenger game will both challenge and entertain. Read more>>>
Woof by Spencer Quinn
In the first in a new middle grade series, Birdie and Bowser form as lovable a sleuthing team as Chet and Bernie, the stars of Quinn's best-selling adult mystery series. In their first adventure, Birdie and Bowser take on the mystery of Grammy’s mounted championship black marlin, which has gone missing. Everything's more fun with a dog! Read more>>>
Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
Plucky Tabitha Crum has been invited with a group of other children to the huge, possibly haunted Hollingsworth Hall. With her mouse sidekick, Tabitha unearths the secrets of the mansion—and makes some new friends along the way. Read more>>>
The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry
Kids might not want to think about classes and field trips between the months of May and August, but they'll be laughing too hard to care while reading Pulitzer Prize winner Barry's hilarious novel about a school trip to the nation's capital. Read more>>>
Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith
One word to describe Smith's first novel for middle grade readers: wacky. It's all over the place—in a good way. This story of an amusement park, werewolves (possibly) and homework might not make sense to you, but kids will likely devour it. Read more>>>
Beach House by Deanna Caswell, illustrated by Amy June Bates
This pleasant, gentle picture book captures the joys and rituals of the family beach trip, from unloading the car and prepping the house before all parading to the water, to relaxing at the end of an exciting day with a bonfire in the sand. Read more>>>
Pool by JiHyeon Lee
This deceptively simple picture book finds a little boy hesitating at the edge of the swimming pool, but as soon as he dives in, he makes a new friend. Together they explore an imaginative deep-sea world full of incredible creatures. Read more>>>
Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sís
A little boy reveals all the amazing things he has learned throughout the summer, but clearly he's been thinking about one thing above all else—ice cream! Read more>>>