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The Best Children's Books for Your 2017 Summer Reading List

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School is out and summer has officially begun! Between backyard BBQs and trips the beach, it can be easy to let learning fall to the wayside. But, just because your kids aren't in the classroom doesn't mean they can't learn a thing or two from their favorite teacher, you!

We’ve compiled a list of the best children's books to keep your kids reading and prevent those back-to-school brain fogs!

Dragons Love Tacos

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By Adam Rubin

Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

A funny, silly story about dragons’ love for tacos – because who doesn’t love tacos – and the trouble with the pesky spicy salsa! A lighthearted read that might just have the kiddos requesting tacos for tonight’s dinner – hold the salsa!

Buy Dragons Love Tacos

The Curse Ends: The Story of the 2016 Chicago Cubs

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By Jeff Attinella

Illustrated by Mike Pascale

A “must have” for Cubs fans, parents who love sports, or moms and dads looking for an untraditional bedtime story. This sports-themed illustrated book tells the true story of the 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series win after revisiting the Cubs plagued history and the Curse of the Billy Goat. Written in rhyme with of mix of fantasy and reality, kids will appreciate the witty illustrations and incredible story, while older fans will appreciate the history and depth. The Curse Ends is a fun way to break from the usual fiction children’s stories.

Buy The Curse Ends: The Story of the 2016 Chicago Cubs

The Day the Crayons Quit

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By Drew Daywalt

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

This cute story of “letters” will hold everyone’s attention. Duncan, the crayon’s owner, has come to find a stack of letters from his crayon friends – each detailing their complaints ranging from overuse, underuse and plain old stereotyping. The kids will enjoy each color’s personality, while adults can appreciate the witty jokes throughout. It may even provide inspiration for this year’s Halloween costumes!

Buy The Day the Crayons Quit

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

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By Sherri Duskey Rinker

Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Whether your children are heavy machinery fans or not, this book is worth considering. Duskey hit the mark on creating a fabulous bedtime story that will keep you and your children turning page after page. The story is well written and the illustrations are engaging and at the same time, soothing. This title is a must have if your children are fans of Bob the Builder, or just one that likes to bulldozer their toys.

Buy Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Froggy Plays T-Ball

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By Jonathan London

Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

A cute, lighthearted story about a frog playing (and learning) t-ball. A great intro for any kiddos just joining their first sports team – educational and fun. It makes for a great gift if you find yourself at a baseball themed birthday party this summer, as well!

Buy Froggy Plays T-Ball

How to Catch a Leprechaun

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By Adam Wallace

Illustrated by Andy Elkerton

A mischievous, hilarious tale of all the mayhem those little leprechauns can cause. This children's book gave me flashbacks to my own time in grade school and the mess our classroom leprechaun made each St. Patrick’s Day! Cleverly written with beautiful illustrations to match, this book will keep everyone entertained. I’ll warn you, however, you may end with a new family tradition involving green dye and glitter!

Buy How to Catch a Leprechaun

Ada Twist, Scientist

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By Andrea Beaty

Illustrated by David Roberts

A well-written “must have” for the curious kids in your pack. Beaty’s writing is clever and advanced enough to encourage stepping out of the comfort zone for new readers. Ada, the main character, is as curious as can be, often landing herself in a bit of trouble. I’d recommend this book for a bedtime with a few extra moments for questions at the end, as it will likely spark your little one’s curiosity.

Buy Ada Twist, Scientist

The Snail and the Whale

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By Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

This tale brings together a sweet message with an even more soothing story. A great book for bedtime, as the rhyming is lush and the illustrations relaxing. The story line is a more calming tale than the author’s other hits, but equally as wonderful. A great book for any aquatic fans or Free Willy lovers.

Buy The Snail and the Whale

Not Quite Narwhal

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By Jessie Sima

This sweet story is nothing short of dreamy. The illustrations are soft and joyful, while the story is a cute reminder to simply be yourself! This book has it all – unicorns, jellyfish, butterflies, and rainbow fish. It’s one of those stories that you just can’t help but love and the one your kids will have you begging to read them night after night.

Buy Not Quite Narwhal

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

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By Dan Santat

An award winning story about imagination, that sends your imagination on a wild ride throughout. The writing is cute and clever and the illustrations invite you to get lost along the way. Santat, author and illustrator, knocked this one out of the park. A special story for any of your wee ones who may already have an imaginary friend of their own.

Buy The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

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