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Fun in the Sun
Picnics, baseball, trips to the beach, ice cream--there are so many delights of summer to enjoy with children. Perhaps the best thing of all is having a little more free time to relax and spend time together. Sharing books together can be a great way to unwind and cool off after a day of busy summer play.

The charming books on the Fun in the Sun Book List will be great conversation starters about summer fun.
     Cover Art: Summer Wonders

Fingerplays & Songs
The Sun

Over there the sun gets up
(Hold arm straight out at side and point.)
And marches all the day.
(Begin raising arm.)
At noon it stands just overhead,
(Hold arm straight up.)
And at night it goes away.
(Move arm down across body.)

Cover Art: One Hot Summer Day

Ocean Breeze Blowing

Ocean breeze blowing,
(Wave hands back and forth)
Feet kick and splash.
(Kick feet.)
Ocean waves breaking
(Swing hands up and down.)
On rocks with a crash!
(Clap hands together.)
Girls finding seashells,
(Pretend to pick up shells.)
Boys sifting sand.
(Pretend to sift sand.)
Friends building castles,
(Place fists one on top of the other.)
As high as they can.
(Continue with fist movements.)
I hold my arms out
(Stretch arms out at sides.)
As far as they'll reach.
(Strech arms even wider.)
Oh my, what fun.
(Dance in place.)
On this day at the beach!

Cover Art: Fun With Dude and Betty Fun With Dude and Betty
Dude and Betty spend a day at the beach. Learning to read surf-speak has never been so easy, or so much fun! It's like, totally radical!
Cover Art: Mama, Is It Summer Yet? Mama, Is it Summer Yet?
As spring slowly turns to summer, a little boy builds a fort and plants a garden in impatient anticipation.

New Books

Suryia Swims!

Water Sings Blue

Summer Days and Nights

Surfer Chick

more New Picture Books

Storytimes at your Library
Many storytimes require registration and fill up early. Registration is available online, by phone and in person.
  • Baby Storytime - for children birth to 24 months.
    Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books and music.
  • Toddler Storytime - for children ages 2 and 3.
    Nurture a love of books. Learn letters, sounds, and new words.
  • Preschool Storytime - for children ages 4 to 6.
    Enjoy stories together and build language skills.
  • Family Storytime - for children 2 years old and up.
    Share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement with your children.
  • World Language Storytime - for children 2 years old and up.
    Experience the world in other languages.
see all Storytimes at Hennepin County Library

see all events at Hennepin County Library

Jane Amy, Birth to Six Librarian
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