Books for the lazy days of summer

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Hello Baby!

By Mem Fox

Beautiful illustrations coupled with a sweet story make this a great book to curl up and read to your little one. The colorful illustrations complement the descriptive text, exposing young children to new vocabulary words. Enjoying wonderful books as a family will encourage a lifelong love of reading in your child. Ages 3-5.

Rhyming Dust Bunnies

By Jan Thomas

What rhymes with "dog"? Hog, log, fog ... vacuum cleaner? These dust bunnies love to rhyme, but their rhyming fun is constantly interrupted by dangerous brooms and other household cleaning devices. Even though he doesn't fit in, will Bob be able to save the rhyming dust bunnies Ed, Ned and Ted from danger? Ages 3-6.


By Douglas Florian

Wonderful mixed media illustrations complement the fun, hilarious and tongue-twisting poems about a classic favorite subject. As a bonus, dinosaur names have a pronunciation guide and translation. Did you know that "Triceratops" means "three-horned face", or that "Pterosaurs" means "winged lizards"? Dinosaur lovers and poetry lovers alike will enjoy this collection of poems that beg to be read over and over. Ages 6 +.

What is This?

By Antje Damm

This book is full of entrancing photographs, in which ordinary objects are transformed into creative and quirky animals. What animal does the piece of cheese, or leaf, or garden hose resemble? Will you be able to guess each transformation? Readers of all ages won't be able to resist turning the pages of this fun book. Ages 4-8.

Not Norman: A Goldfish Story

By Kelly Bennett

He wanted a pet that could run and catch, a soft furry pet to sleep in his bed at night. He wanted a good pet, not Norman, who only swims around and around and around. Who wants a boring old goldfish while his friends have exciting pets like dogs and snakes? Though this little boy had a different kind of pet in mind, Norman might prove to be the best friend and pet ever. Ages 4-8.

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World ... One Child at a Time

By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

This young reader's edition of the worldwide bestseller Three Cups of Tea has been specially adapted and updated by Greg Mortenson to bring his remarkable story of humanitarianism to young adult readers. Featuring a new interview with the author's 12-year-old daughter who traveled with her father as he built schools in Pakistan. This remarkable and inspiring story can help young adults feel closer to people the same age in other parts of the world.

Did you know that you can participate in the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Summer Reading Club online? Children, teens and adults can move ahead on their reading record by completing online activites such as submitting poems, stories, book reviews, download audio books, chat online with a librarian and much more! Visit for more information on summer fun at your library. Remember: Get a clue ... READ!

All reviews by Rebecca Schmelzer, Youth Services Leader, North Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library.