Summer Fun with Books in the Sun
by Andrea Falkner
Summer is just around the corner and libraries everywhere are gearing up for their favorite event of the year: The Summer Reading Program!
Whether your library follows this year’s national theme, Fizz, Boom, Read, or marches to its own drum, kids are in for some wonderful programming and fun reading. Children can sign-up at their local library and get credit for all the books they read! Here are some engaging recommendations to help kids kick back and enjoy the summer!
A Pet for Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
When Buzz and Fly Guy visit the park and see children with their pets, they decide to find Fly Guy a pet of his own. After trying many different types of pets, Fly Guy and Buzz realize that the best pet is close to home. Kids new to the Fly Guy series, as well as kids familiar with the series, will enjoy this humorous picture book.
Camp Rex by Molly Idle
Cordelia, a T-Rex, and several other dinosaur friends go on a camping trip in the “wild.” They enjoy all sorts of adventures in this silly story. The illustrations are a wonderful addition to the text and contribute extra plotlines. This simple story is sure to be a hit — don’t forget to look for the raccoon!
Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka
When Grandma gives Alex a bunny book for his birthday, Alex comes up with some ideas of his own. This hilarious picture book tells the tale of the “Birthday Bunny” transformed into the “Battle Bunny.” Alex alters the text and illustrations to tell a much more action-packed story than the original one Grandma sent.
The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand by Jen Swann Downey
Dorrie and her brother Marcus fall into another world and land in Petrarch’s Library where they discover that the librarians are trained in martial arts and are tasked with protecting historical writers. Fast-paced, funny and fresh, this is sure to be a summer hit.
Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins
This is a fascinating nonfiction title that explores different animal eyes and their adaptations. Jenkins’ cut and torn paper illustrations wonderfully depict eyes from an assortment of animals including chameleons, hippos and squid.
Spirit Animals: Wild Born by Brandon Mull
A new book series will give readers the chance to play along with the story. In Edras, some children possess spirit animals and have great power. Wild Born follows the story of four such children who must use their powers to defeat the evil of the Devourer. A must-read for reluctant readers.
Upcoming programs at Wilton Library:
Grab Bag Book Club, for grades 3 and up, is June 18, from 4-4:45 p.m. Come and discuss a brand new bestselling children’s book! This month’s book will be Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done by Stephan Pastis. In this hysterical series, Timmy Failure is the founder, president and CEO of the greatest detective agency in town — perhaps the nation. Healthy snacks will be provided as well as a book-related activity.
Whodunit? Book Club begins Monday, June 23, from 4-4:45 p.m. Children in grades 2-3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for this month is The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog by John Erickson. Snacks will be provided as kids engage in fun detective activities.
If you’re an animal lover, Wilton Library also sponsors a Tales to Tails program on the fourth Saturday of the month. ROAR’s (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program brings therapy dogs to the library so children can read to them. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, who read more often and attempt more difficult books. Children must read independently to participate in this program. No program charge, however registration is required.
A robust summer reading program kicks off on July 7 with entertainment, animals, and stories galore. The theme will be announced during registration week, beginning on June 17. Visit the library’s website for all the events, activities and a summer’s worth of fun.
The events are free. Registration is required. Parents and guardians must remain in the library for both book club events, which are sponsored by the Steve and Alison Sherman Family Fund.
Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road. For more information and to register, call 203-762-3950 or visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.
Andrea Falkner is the Head of the Children's Library at the Wilton Library Association.