Newsletter: Summer Books & Games for Kids!

School is out and the season is finally in full swing! This selection of sea-inspired stories, suspenseful novels, and a couple eagerly awaited titles will provide young readers with a list of must-reads for Summer 2018.

 


our favorite summer board book

BOATS ARE BUSY
by Sara Gillingham

Bright primary-colored illustrations provide a perfect introduction to things that go on the water,

from ships to sailboats, to ferries and more. Plus nautical flags!


picture books for the little ones

 

Ocean Meets SKy

 

OCEAN MEETS SKY
by Terry Fan & Eric Fan

The Fan brothers score again in the most striking and elegant picture book of the summer. The beautifully illustrated story follows a young boy’s boat journey after the death of his grandfather, who told him of a magical horizon. A gorgeous and moving voyage!

WHALE IN A FISHBOWL
by Troy Howell, illustrated by Richard Jones 

A lonely whale lives in fishbowl in the city, dreaming of freedom and the ocean, searching for a sense of belonging. As hopeful as it is inspiring!

JULIAN IS A MERMAID
by Jessica Love

After seeing a group of women dressed up for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, Julián dreams of becoming a Mermaid himself. With the help of his abuela, he explores his true self. This lovely picture book celebrates the individual spirit.


for your middle grade readers

SECRET SISTERS OF THE SALTY SEA
by Lynne Rae Perkins

Newberry Award-winning author Lynne Rae Perkins delights with a tale of two sisters and their first beach vacation, with beautiful pencil and ink illustrations.
ALL SUMMER LONG
by Hope Larson

A summer that changes everything --a comic coming-of-age story about a 16-year-old girl whose passion for music creates a bond with a new friend in this older middle grade graphic novel.
ENDLING #1: THE LAST
by Katherine Applegate

A promising new series! The first in an animal fantasy trilogy, the story of the relationship between a child and an endangered "endling."  Endling is both a heartwarming adventure for animal lovers and a great choice for any young reader concerned with protecting our planet.
THE LAND OF STORIES: THE ULTIMATE BOOK HUGGER'S GUIDE
by Chris Colfer

The ultimate guide to this treasured series with never-before-seen chapters and art. This is a perfect companion for anyone who has read, and loved, the magical books.

for young adults

LOVE & WAR
by Melissa De La Cruz

A sequel to last year’s Alex & Eliza continuing the story of young Alexander Hamilton and his wife. The Revolution ends and they move to New York — how will their new marriage fare in this fast-paced city? American history wrapped in a love story, with some of our most beloved historical characters.

NEVERWORLD WAKE
by Marisha Pessl

After graduation and the death of her boyfriend, Beatrice returns to a memory-filled New England coastal estate in an attempt to understand what happened. This suspenseful time-warp thriller should appeal to readers of all ages and is perfect for book club discussions.

coming soon and highly anticipated!

 

THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST
by Samantha M. Clark

Marooned on an strange island, a young boy’s only companion is the “bully" in his head. This is a spooky yet gentle middle grade tale about overcoming your fears, helping readers recognize the empowerment of believing in yourself. (Available June 26)

 
BEAST: A TALE OF LOVE AND REVENGE
by Lisa Jensen

A new young adult twist on the classic The Beauty and The Beast story—this time set in a cursed chateau. (Available July 10)

fun (device-free!) activities


ALL YOU NEED IS A PENCIL:
The Wild and Crazy Summer Fun Activity Book

by Mark Shulman

Parents rejoice: Technology-free hours of fun for kids! Includes tons of puzzles and quizzes and games all in one book! Ages 7-10

Got-to-have these bright Sunnylife Inflatable Pool Toys for kids in the shapes of flamingos, swans, and even unicorns. These are great for idling in the pool and keeping your books dry.
Adults too will love the rainbow-colored drink holders!

Adorable baby sunglasses to protect young eyes from the harsh rays. These will make them the coolest kids on the beach. Many styles to choose from --get them while they last!

Coloring and sketching for adventurers of all ages!


Happy Summer!

See you in the store,

Melanie Fleishman
Children's Book Buyer
BookHampton