By mid-summer, children seem to decide that everything fun about summer is over, and there isn’t anything left to do but hang around. Whining about boredom can drive any parent crazy, but an easy, guilt-free, alternative to TV is to have some books on-hand that captivate your child. Even better if they want to read them again and again.
Here are some of the newer, best books of the year — great fixes for boredom or just time to curl up and read together.
Ball by Mary Sullivan $7.84
When no one wants to play with him, this little dog begins a one sided game of fetch with himself. Watch as he attempts to get anyone, anywhere, just to throw his beloved ball one time.
Locomotive by Brian Floca $10.13
Join families across the nation to ride America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad in the summer of 1869. This book features incredible details while focusing on the power of the steam engine. Feel how excited people were to be a part of the machine that changed history.
Glow-in-the-dark piglets, soccer-playing parrots, cicada-flavored ice cream, and fashion-forward slugs are just a few of the things that this book packs in for children. Learn unbelievable facts about animals, athletes, space, food, toys, geography, money, weather, and more. Get ready to open your eyes to the wild wonders of the world. You’ll never look at the news the same way again!
This book is based around the fairy tale of The Snow Queen. Practical Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard and her sister move with their father when he takes a job in a strange museum. After discovering a boy locked away, they begin to learn the frightening tale of the Queen behind it all.
Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld $11.10
As the sun sets, the trucks at the construction site slow down and get ready for bed time. Join them as they turn off their lights, hold a teddy bear in their claw, and snore so loudly the neighbors wake to yell at them. Any child will love the rhyming and unique story of their favorite trucks settling in for the night.
Sleep Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld $9.49
Reuniting the author and illustrator from Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, this book lets you board a train with monkeys, giraffes, ice cream cars, dinosaurs, and trucks. Travel with them as they carry their passengers to the next adventure, all while their human driver is tucked away dreaming.
Press Here by Herve Tullet $12.32
By simply pressing the dots and turning the pages, you and your child will discover the magic of imagination in this book where dots multiply and become different colors and sizes just by following directions.
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