PAT’S PICKS: SUMMER READING LIST 2022
2. Elephant and Piggie Series – Mo Willems
Mo Willems’ celebrated Elephant & Piggie series has won two Theodor Seuss Geisel Medals and five Geisel Honors. Mo, who resides in Massachusetts, began his career as a writer and animator on Sesame Street. Pat also recommends Don’t Let the Pigeons Drive the Bus for preschoolers gearing up for kindergarten.
3. How Wonderfully Odd: A Backwards Bedtime Adventure of Kindness, Empathy, and Inclusion – Rory Haltmaier
Rory Haltmaier, a locally bred author and illustrator, answers the question, “What do animals do at night?” This is a great read-aloud book to share with babies, toddlers and children of every age. Parents, teachers, early readers and advanced readers will be swept away by this heartwarming story.
6. What’s Inside a Flower? and Other Questions About Science & Nature – Rachel Ignotofsky
Budding backyard scientists can start exploring their world with this introduction to flowery showstoppers, from seeds to roots to blooms. Rachel Ignotofsky is the author and illustrator of many nonfiction books, including the New York Times bestseller Women in Science.
7. Maybe: A Story About the Endless Potential in all of Us – Kobi Yamada
Maybe is a story about everything a child can do—for who they are right now— and all the magical, unbounded potential they hold inside. With enchanting illustrations, it's a reminder that children are meant for incredible things.
8. If I Were the President – Catherine Stier
This light introduction to the office touches on duties that come with the job, such as being in charge of the armed forces and working with Congress to make laws. Some of the perks are mentioned as well, including having a chef and lighting the nation's holiday tree.