Heat-beater books for readers of all ages, from Candlewick Press

As sweltering summer temps currently scorch much of the United States, many folks — from babes to boomers and beyond — have staked out spots in the shade or indoors in front of the air conditioner (or fan, for poor souls like myself with no A/C) to while away the hours.

Candlewick Press offers a cool collection of compelling and creative books for readers of all ages to help beat the heat — and boredom — of these hottest days of summer.

Here are some of my recent favorites, courtesy Candlewick:

shaun the sheep 

Shaun the Sheep: Pranks A Lot! Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm by Martin Howard, illustrated by Andy Janes  ($4.99 paperback, ages 5-8) Shaun the Sheep gives Blitzer the Sheepdog a mustache, and Blitzer reciprocates the prank by painting Shaun pink. But the gags and giggles really get...

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April is National Poetry Month: Favorites new and newfangled for girls and boys

Check out these selections from Candlewick Press — some lyrical, some laugh-out-loud fun — sure to please girls and boys interested in reading, writing, and sometimes singing poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month.

candlewick picture book for national poetry month

One, Two, Three Mother Goose edited by Iona Opie and illustrated by Rosemary Wells ($8.99, ages 0-3) Nursery rhymes featuring numbers delight little ones, and you and yours will find bunches here. From One, Two, Buckle My Shoe to Dickory, Dickory, Dock (yeah, I always thought it was Hickory, too) plus...

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7 stages of scary: Spooky tales for tots to teens

candlewick press halloween books

Contrary as it may seem considering their concern about monsters under their beds and boogeymen in their closets, kids like to be scared. Proof of that lies in their endless appetite for books about things that go Boo! and bump in the night.

All kids. Of all ages. (And even some grown ups, too. You know...

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