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On the Shelf: Read together for summer fun

From the Fourth of July to the moon, with a little of everything in between, keep kids reading this month to prevent that summer slide. Need more ideas?

“Our Flag Was Still There” by Jessie Hartland (Simon & Schuster, ages 4 – 8) The original star-spangled banner is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, but this book tells its story from origin to restoration to display. With engaging illustrations and a wealth of facts, this is a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July. 

“Weird but True! USA” by National Geographic Kids(ages 8 – 12) Prepare for an avalanche of fun trivia with this one. What’s the world record for the number of peanut butter sandwiches eaten in one minute? Where was perforated toilet paper invented? Find this and much, much more in this book. It’s perfect for summer road trips.

“The Big Book Adventure” by Emily Ford and Tim Warnes (Silver Dolphin Books, ages 6 – 8) Get ready for a bibliophile’s delight. Parents will love sharing their favorite books with young readers in this trip through beloved fictional worlds. The story also encourages book sharing. If your kids are inspired to pass some along, try, where they can “release” books and track where they find a new home. 

 “If I Was the Sunshine” by Julie Fogliano and Loren Long (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, ages 4 – 8) This sweet story of love and relationships is perfect bedtime reading. The gentle illustrations are a delight. This is one that little ones will want to hear over and over until they learn it by heart, but parents won’t mind as they call “sleep tight.”

“Luna: The Science and Stories of Our Moon” by David Aguilar(National Geographic Kids, ages 10 and older)  Just in in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this book by David Aguilar, the former Director of Science Information for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, boasts a wealth of detail in a small volume. This book includes hard science, inspiring exploration, myths, art instruction and more. Engage young scientists in astronomy in a whole new way.