June 2016

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t!

Author: Elise Parsley


Summary: Getting ready for a fun day down at the beach should be an easy thing to do, but not for Magnolia. Instead of bringing the expected things like buckets, shovels, and towels, she decides she HAS to bring her piano! Follow along as Magnolia problem-solves how to get the piano to the beach and most importantly, how to keep it clean! This book is sure to have kids laughing out loud!

Recommended Ages: 4 to 8 year olds

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: Predictions and problem-solving


Author: Mike Wu


Summary: This is an endearing book about an adorable baby elephant named Ellie who tries to help save the zoo from closing. Unfortunately, her efforts don't always work out. Follow along as Ellie discoveres her own special way to help save the zoo!

Recommended Ages: 4 to 8 years old

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: Friendship, talents, helping your community

Extension Activities: Watch the book trailer before reading the book. Click here!

What Do You Do With a Problem

Author: Kobi Yamada

Illustrator: Mae Besom

Summary: Have you ever had a problem and just didn't know what to do about it? Kids of all ages will enjoy this inspiring story of a little boy who learns to face his problem in a new way. This is a great follow up to the book What Do You Do With An Idea.

Recommended Ages: 5 to 9 years old

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: Perseverance, problem-solving, facing fears

Our Great Big Backyard

Author: Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager

Illustrator: Jacqueline Rogers

Summary: Jane has her whole summer planned out with her devices and friends but her family's decision to take a road trip ruins everything! Follow Jane on her adventure through many of our country's national parks, and her journey in finding a new attitude when things don't work out as your planned.

Recommended Ages: 5 to 9 years old

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: camping, national parks, research on U.S. States

Extension Activities: Find out more about the 50 states! Click here!

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