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On the Shelf: Soothe, Eat and more

As we ease (or run) into the end of the school year, it’s time for summer reading. Be sure to sign up with your library to keep kids exploring new worlds and navigating exciting adventures – all from the pages of a good book. This selection offers tales of good food, mindful activities and much more.

“Delicious! Poems Celebrating Street Food Around the World” by Julie Larios, illustrated by Julie Paschkis (Beach Lane Books, ages 4 – 8)

Whether it’s saffron tea, deep-fried scorpions on a stick or a hot dog from Fenway Park, this delightful book of poetry might get kids to try some new foods as they learn that anything can be inspiration for expression. These are short, fun and easy for kids to memorize. 

“Together We March” by Leah Henderson, illustrated by Tyler Feder (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, ages 7 and older)

Teach young readers about the history and power of protest from around the world. From the March of the Mill Children in 1903 to Justice for George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, the power of people coming together is undeniable. Some of these events will be familiar to older elementary children, but many will spawn conversation. There are tough subjects tackled in these pages, with an extensive bibliography and more to inspire young activists. 

“The Mindful Kids Activity Book” by Louison Nielman, illustrated by Thierry Manes (Bala Kids, ages 3 – 7)

This book scales big feelings for little kids, with 60 activities, games and more to help children deal with anger, anxiety and stress. The pages are hands-on in every way, with beautiful, calming illustrations and creative ways to understand and cope with feelings. This is a delightful way to help all children gain tools for life. 

“A Giant Mess” by Jeffrey Ebbeler and “Spring Cakes” by Miranda Harmon (Holiday House, ages 4–8)

The “I Like to Read” Comics series launched in April with these two fun ways to introduce beginning readers to their very own graphic novels. “A Giant Mess” is a delightful play on words that will have little ones giggling, and possibly even cleaning. “Spring Cakes” helps children see that gathering ingredients to bake can be an adventure, especially if you do it together. Look for more books in this series coming in June and August.

“Mars Is – Stark Slopes, Silvery Snow, and Startling Surprises” by Suzanne Slade (Peachtree Publishing, ages 6 – 10)

If your kids love all things space, mechanical engineer Suzanne Slade can keep them engrossed page after page with astounding photos and a wealth of knowledge about our neighbor planet. As the Perseverance rover explores, there will be plenty more to learn and understand. This excellent book gives young readers a head start.