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May 16, 2011
Updated on Apr 4, 2014

Our 2010 Preschool Summer Reading Picks

Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman. It seems every time someone on the Greenstalk family farm has a problem, a boisterous herd of pigs is there to lend a hoof. But sometimes their response is a bit, um, overzealous. One small leak in Mrs. Greenstalk's garden hose, and the pigs bring a veritable tsunami of water which leaves her drenched and her flowers waterlogged. This super silly book has Chaplin-esque physical comedy written all over it. It's all good fun, but it's also a great way to introduce your child to cause-and-effect, a foundation for storytelling. Many of the key details are told in colorful, cartoon-style images, which means preschoolers can use the pictures to help them read the story. A hilarious, and substantial, reading experience. (Henry Holt, $11.46) 

Sally's Great Balloon Adventure by Stephen Huneck. Sally is a black lab with an inquisitive nature, and when she smells chicken, she follows her nose ... even when it takes her into a hot air balloon! Colorful woodcut prints and a simple storyline make this a sweet adventure for young children, and the tongue-in-cheek sense of humor will entertain parents, too! Whether your child is a fan of Sally, or is new to the series, she's sure to love this lab's latest escapade. (Abrams, $11.03)

 Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. What would happen if the kids put the parents to bed? In this playful tale of bedtime role reversal, it's time for lights out, but mom isn't quite ready. She sulks in the bathtub, hems and haws when it's time to pick an outfit to wear tomorrow, begs for an extra bedtime story, and stalls for a few extra minutes. By the time she's all tucked in, her daughter is exhausted, and she still needs to put daddy to bed! A seriously cute read from one of the best picture book authors working today. (Bloomsbury, $11.55)

The Falling Raindrop by Neil Johnson. This simple story, about a raindrop hurtling down from the clouds, will have your child on the edge of his seat. At first happy, then increasingly concerned, the raindrop learns the importance of appreciating the moment, as he misses out on the beautiful sights around him because he's worried about what comes next. Luckily, he has a second chance, as he becomes steam and rises up again! A great introduction to states of matter (and states of mind), this books is a wonderful addition to any young child's library. (Tricycle, $10.19)

Let's Do Nothing by Tony Fucile. Frankie and Sal have played every sport ever invented, painted more pictures than van Gogh, and baked enough cookies to treat a small country. There's absolutely nothing left to do. Except... nothing. Can these energetic preschoolers sit down and remain as still as statues for ten whole seconds? This thoroughly entertaining book, from the animator of such favorites as Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, hits just the right notes for read-aloud bliss. Super silly, laugh out loud fun! (Candlewick, $11.55)

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