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Take me out to the ball game / Take me out with the crowd.

Okay, we can't be out in crowds right now.  So we might not be able to actually go to a Birmingham Barons, Atlanta Braves, or Chicago Cubs game.  (Sorry, I had to throw that last one in for my Illinois relatives.  Go Cubbies!)  But baseball can still be your favorite summer sport experience!  Here are a few ways you can PLAY BALL!

Come with me, and you'll be
in a world of pure imagination.

Pure imagination.  That's what you'll find when you watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder.  The movie came out in 1971.  I was born in 1980.  I can't remember the first time I saw the film, but I do remember that I rented it from that little video place in Germany.  When we moved to the States, I checked it out from the local library.  I saw it several times as a child, but I could never get enough!  I loved everything about the story of Charlie Bucket and the idea of winning a Golden Ticket.  I used to open every candy bar very carefully, end first, just in case.

Charlie and Mouse are two inventive brothers who star in a hilarious series for young readers graduating from picture books.  The first book, Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder, won the 2018 Geisel Award.  In four short chapters that could each stand alone, readers join young brothers Charlie and Mouse on a full day of imaginative adventures. The brothers talk to sleeping lumps, invite friends to an impromptu playground party, fail to sell rocks, and invent the bedtime banana. (Bedtime bananas—they’re a thing.)  The fourth book just came out this March, and all four titles are available as ebooks on Hoopla!  Add them to your summer reading list!

June is Rainbow Book Month, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual community.  It is an initiative of the American Library Association and is coordinated through its Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.  ALA supports LGBTQIA+ literature through the Stonewall Book Award as well as the Rainbow Book List (for youth) and the Over the Rainbow Book List (for adults).  All are excellent resources for finding titles for everyone in the family to read this month.  The ones with an asterisk are books I have personally read and recommend.  They are all youth titles because I'm a youth librarian.  But I've added many of the adult books to my to-read list!

These brand-new picture books will look great on your summer reading log!  Three titles not enough?  Choose any of the books from these summer reading lists -- Picture Books 1, Picture Books 2, Picture Books 3, or Picture Books 4.