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Reading on the Run

by Tracie Grimes
Tracie is a monthly contributor to Kern County Family Magazine

Summer vacation is right around the corner, and with it comes a great American tradition: the family trip. As you’re packing the camera, sandals, and sunscreen, don’t forget to toss in a few books and magazines to keep the kids busy during your journey. Reading is a great way to keep kids settled during a long road trip, not to mention the fact that reading on the road helps to encourage summer-time reading. And, if Junior gets carsick? Audiobooks are a great way to make the miles fly by.

Here are a few suggestions for your summer-time excursions:

 AGES 1-3 

Who’s Hiding? by Sebastien Braun (Candlewick Press, 2013), $6.99. Who is that behind the flower pot? What could that be hidden in the bush? Who could that be peeking out from under the leaves? Teaching little ones about what kinds of creatures are hiding in the garden has never been as fun as with this lively lift-the-flap book.

 AGES 3-5 

Hooray for Bread by Allan Ahlberg (Candlewick Press, 2013), $15.99. Ever wonder what a day in the life of bread is like? Early each morning, the baker bakes this fabulous food. By nightfall, there are only crumbs left. Where does it all go? Well, the baker nibbles at the crust, while his wife eats toast for breakfast. The baker’s son comes in for a yummy sandwich around lunchtime. The loaf gets smaller and smaller, as everyone (and a few animals, too) eats their fill. Lively rhymes keep the fun going page by page in this cutely illustrated read.

 AGES 4-9 

Noisy Bug Sing-Along by John Himmelman (Dawn Publications, 2013), $8.95. Warm temperatures bring out the music in nature, especially at night. Just step outside on a summer evening and listen. Chirping, buzzing, and croaking seem to come from every corner of the nighttime – a concert of sounds made by insects. In this new book, naturalist and author, John Himmelman, shows children what these noisy bugs look like and how they make their noises and encourages kids to join in the sing-along fun. A beautifully illustrated book that offers many a teachable moment about the noisy, busy world of insects.


Rome by Kristyna Litten (Candlewick Press, 2013), $8.99. A beautiful keepsake guide, this 3D cityscape takes you on a tour of Italy’s capital city. From St. Peter’s Basilica to the Trevi Fountain, this fold-out guide will give you a peek inside some of the loveliest parts of the eternal city.

 AGES 6-8 

Bink and Gollie: Best Friends Forever by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee (Candlewick Press, 2013), $15.99. Bink is not sure she likes the queenly airs her BFF Gollie puts on when Gollie thinks she has royal blood coursing through her veins. The two friends also set their sights on getting a picture into a book of record holders, but where to begin? A funny new adventure sure to delight readers of all ages.


Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan (Montlake Romance, 2012), $12.95. Sadie Turner likes things around her to be tidy. This usually isn’t a problem until a wandering husband throws a wrench in her perfectly ordered world. She decides to spend the summer at her aunt’s lake house, nestled in the bosom of her family and, above all, away from men. Then, she meets Desmond, and the new order Sadie tried to establish begins to topple but in a good way…

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