Check out these fantastic SUMMER READS from HarperCollins Children’s Books!

Check out these fantastic SUMMER READS from HarperCollins Children’s Books!

Fill your bookshelves with these fantastic SUMMER READS from HarperCollins Children’s Books!

Who’s Ready for Summer?  It’s a time of family vacations, fun events, and quiet times full of lots of FUN reading!  HaperCollins has some perfect pictures books right in time for summer reading for kids ages 4-8!  Reading books was always a huge event for me as a kid.  I loved getting my certificates on the library wall for the most read books of my age group, and while my tastes in books has evolved, I LOVE reading children’s books with my 3 year old and soon-to-be seven year old.  It’s a wonderful way to bond and my kids EXPECT stories every single night.  We love it and we appreciate publishing companies like HarperCollins who continuously update books for every reason that we love to devour!  I picked our favorite book for our summer reading, and we read this books over and over again no matter the season!

PETERRIFIC written and illustrated by Victoria Kann

9780062563569 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/2/2017

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of PINKALICIOUS has created an all-new picture book star: Pinkalicious’s brother Peter, whose adventures are sure to be Peterrific!  In Peterrific, readers can follow Peter’s own adventures as he builds a tower of blocks all the way to the moon.

Peter loves to build with blocks. One day, he decides to build a tower that will reach the moon, and he wants to do it all by himself. Will the moon be made of cheese? Can he catch a shooting star? As Peter climbs higher and higher into space, he discovers he doesn’t have a way down! He’ll have to figure out what to do next—all by himself.  This is a great story for boys (and girls) who LOVE the PINKALICIOUS series.  We were excited to finally see a book about Peter and how he has his own fun and adventures.  It’s so much fun for my girls!

About the Author/Illustrator:  Victoria Kann is the award-winning illustrator and author of the picture book series featuring the whimsical and effervescent character Pinkalicious. Victoria coauthored and illustrated the first two books, Pinkalicious and Purplicious, and co-wrote the play Pinkalicious: The Musical.  She wrote and illustrated the New York Times number-one bestsellers Goldilicious, Silverlicious, Emeraldalicious, and Aqualicious. Currently she is working on several more books about the adventures and antics of Pinkalicious. Readers can follow Pinkalicious on Facebook and Twitter.


PETE THE CAT AND THE COOL CAT BOOGIE written and illustrated by James Dean

9780062404343 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/9/2017

From New York Times bestselling author-illustrator team James and Kimberly Dean comes another groovy Pete the Cat adventure, sure to have readers dancing in their seats.

Put on your dancing shoes—Pete is ready to boogie!

Join Pete the Cat in a brand-new story from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator team James and Kimberly Dean! Pete is learning a new dance—the Cool Cat Boogie! When he hears a groovy beat, he’s full of happy in his feet. But when Grumpy Toad tells him, “Pete, you dance all wrong!” Pete is determined to become a better dancer. With the help of his friends and some wise words from Owl, Pete learns that he’s his grooviest when he’s being himself. Includes step-by-step dance moves so readers can dance along with Pete!

Don’t miss Pete’s other adventures, including Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues and Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes.

 About the Author/Illustrator:  James Dean’s art has sold in more than ninety galleries and shops across the United States. He has devoted his paintings to Pete the Cat for fifteen years and has turned his natural love for cats into his life’s work. James published his first adult book, The Misadventures of Pete the Cat, a history of his artwork, in 2006. He illustrated his first self-published children’s book, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, in 2008, and the follow-up book, Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, in 2011. James lives in Savannah, Georgia, with his wife, four cats, and one dog. You can visit him online at

MORRIS MOLE written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

9780062411075 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/2/2017

From internationally acclaimed author-illustrator Dan Yaccarino comes a heartwarming tale about finding your own courage.

Meet Morris Mole—he has always been a little bit different. When the moles are running low on food, it’s up to clever Morris to save the day. With a little help from an unexpected friend and a lot of digging, Morris learns that even the smallest creatures can do big things.  Featuring Dan Yaccarino’s bright and distinctive art, Morris Mole is sure to win the hearts of all readers.

About the Author/Illustrator:  Dan Yaccarino is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator with more than thirty children’s books to his credit, including Five Little Pumpkins, Trashy Town, Unlovable, and The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau. He also created and produced Nickelodeon’s Oswald and is the character designer behind The Backyardigans. You can visit him at

ENZO AND THE FOURTH OF JULY RACES written by Garth Stein, illustrated by Victoria Kann

9780062380593 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/2/2017

It’s Fourth of July, and Enzo and his family are off to the races as Denny and Zoë compete on the racetrack, Denny in the season points championship and Zoë in the Kids’ Kart Challenge, each wishing to take home the top prize.

Garth Stein, the New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, returns with the newest addition to the Enzo picture book series, Enzo and the Fourth of July Races. Stein captures the excitement of the Fourth of July and the thrill of a car race as Enzo, Zoë, and Denny team up for the biggest race of the year.

For Enzo, the Fourth of July means three things: fireworks, family, and car races! This year Zoë is finally old enough to compete in the Kids’ Kart Challenge. But when one of the boys at the track says that girls aren’t fast drivers, Zoë gets nervous and backs out of the race. Enzo knows it’s up to him to help his family regain the confidence to compete on the big day.

About the Author:  Garth Stein is the author of Enzo Races in the Rain!, based on the New York Times bestselling novel The Art of Racing in the Rain (and its tween adaptation, Racing in the Rain). His other works include A Sudden Light, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, Raven Stole the Moon, and a play, Brother Jones. He is the cofounder of, a nonprofit collective of sixty-two Northwest authors dedicated to fostering a passion for the written word. Garth lives in Seattle with his family and his dog, Comet.

About the Illustrator:  R. W. Alley has illustrated a number of books featuring Paddington Bear. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, with his wife, author Zoë B. Alley.


SHARK DOG written and illustrated by Ged Adamson

9780062457134 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/16/2017

From author-illustrator Ged Adamson comes the funny and sweet story of Shark Dog: half shark, half dog, and a one-of-a-kind pet. It’s a shark! No wait, it’s a dog! It’s Shark Dog!

Adamson creates the funny and sweet story of Shark Dog: half shark, half dog, and a one-of-a-kind pet.  Shark Dog is no ordinary pet. Sometimes when he does dog things, he’s more like a shark. And sometimes when he does shark things, he’s more like a dog. But when Shark Dog gets homesick, he starts thinking maybe he belongs with the other shark dogs. Will he go back to Shark Dog Island or decided to stay in his new home? With quirky and colorful art, Shark Dog! is perfect for fans of such funny books as Hello, My Name Is Octicorn and The Adventures of Beekle.

About the Author/Illustrator:  Ged Adamson has worked as a cartoonist, a storyboard artist, and a composer for TV and film. He grew up in Liverpool and now lives in London with his partner, Helen, and their son, Rex. Shark Dog! is Ged’s fourth picture book. He’s also the author of Elsie Clarke and the Vampire Hairdresser, Meet the McKaws, and Douglas, You Need Glasses! You can visit him online at

Happy Summer Reading!

Check out these fantastic SUMMER READS from HarperCollins Children’s Books!

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