Every page of See You Next Year (Owlkids, $16.95) is filled with the sweetness of childhood summer vacations. Author Andrew Larsen relates a familiar, nostalgic story: a girl makes friends with her neighbor at the beach-front motel and together they take in a week of ocean fun: digging in the sand until they hit water, learning to dive into crashing waves, listening to evening concerts on the beach. It’s almost unbelievable that the pitch-perfect blues and golds are illustrator Todd Stewart’s first foray into children’s literature. Leaf through this book and you’ll see why we hope he’s here to stay. Ages 3-7. Sharat Buddhavarapu

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By Andrew Larsen, Todd Stewart (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781926973999
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Published: Owlkids - March 17th, 2015

Never turn the page too quickly. Never assume you know what happens next. These are the rules for reading Rules of Summer (Arthur A. Levine, $18.99). In this tale of two brothers’ summertime adventures and mistakes, Shaun Tan creates a world in which meteors are caught like fireflies, robots populate parades, and a giant rabbit menaces those who leave red socks on the clothesline. Tan’s sweeping surreal paintings pair with sparse text to create a world of commonplace marvels that invite the full participation of the reader. His work never confines a reader to a single, easily interpretable narrative. Its appeal is part wonder, part adventure, and part lurking menace. Wildly inventive and richly layered, this meditation on friendship, childhood, and imagination will engage a wide range of readers. The book’s an adventure in itself, the kind to which one returns again and again. All ages. Amy Dickinson

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By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545639125
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 29th, 2014

There’s nothing like living in a city to boost appreciation for parks and public spaces, and this lovely new picture book by Emily Jenkins is a tribute to the importance of these urban getaways. Water in the Park: A Book About Water and the Times of Day (Schwartz & Wade, $16.99) shows the ins and outs of a day in the life of a city park, from the break of dawn until the sun begins to set. Beautifully understated illustrations by Stephanie Graegin bring the park to life, along with the countless unique stories of the people it serves. Ages 4–7. CEB

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By Emily Jenkins, Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375870026
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - May 14th, 2013