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BEES, BUBBLE GUM & BETRAYAL FOR THE KIDS THIS SUMMER

Our Summer 2017 Reading List for the Small Type Crowd


SMALL TYPE keeps you updated on everything kidlit at Type Books. Our Children's Specialist Serah-Marie will keep you up-to-date on events and books that you (and your little ones) won't want to miss. Here's what we think you should check out over the summer.

BOARD BOOKS:

PIZZA! by Lotta Nieminen
I loved Pancake!, the first contribution to the Cook In A Book series and, if it's even possible, I love Pizza! more. Get ready for an interactive fantastic voyage of sauce, dough, and toppings you won't soon forget. For readers who like: to play with their food (and their books).

CIRCLE TRIANGLE ELEPHANT by Kenji Oikawa
Remember that Sesame Street skit where Joey is singling the alphabet song, and she keep substituting "cookie monster" for letters? And it's hilarious? This book does the same thing, but swaps out circles for lemons and triangles for elephants. It's silly, has great rhythm, and is a smartly designed little book. For readers who like: to giggle at funny words.


NON-FICTION BOOKS:

BEES: A HONEYED HISTORY by Piotr Sacha
One part science, one part cultural history, and countless parts fascination, Bees celebrates the important role that these intriguing insects have played in our ecosystem throughout the ages. For readers who like: to pore over endless facts and fascinations.

WILD ANIMALS OF THE SOUTH by Dieter Braun
The English translation of this German gem and follow-up to SMALL TYPE favourite Wild Animals of the North has finally arrived. Travel through five different world regions to meet giraffes and elephants in Africa, koalas, and kangaroos in Australia, and huge blue whales in the open oceans. For readers who like: pages you want to pull out and paste all over your walls.


EARLY READERS:

NARWHAL AND JELLY SERIES by Ben Clanton
This is my favourite of the new series that have popped up as the publishing word scrambles to fill the void left by Mo Willems when he ended the brilliant Elephant and Piggy series last year. Narwhal and Jelly are two sea-dwelling buds who debate the nature of existence, then eat waffles under water. Good fun. For readers who like: their first chapter books with personality.

THE GUMAZING GUM GIRL! by Rhode Montijo
Gabby Gomez loves bubble gum. She'll chew it anywhere! But one day she blows a bubble that's too big and accidentally transforms herself into a sticky, bubble-gummy superhero. Funny, action-filled, and perfect for a reluctant reader. For readers who like: Adventure Time and The Powerpuff Girls.

MIDDLE READERS:

GABBY GARCIA'S ULTIMATE PLAYBOOK by Iva-Marie Palmer
Finally: an illustrated novel series with a Latina in the spotlight. Gabby Garcia is enthusiastic, enigmatic, and engaging, and she loves baseball above all else. The Ultimate Playbook is filled with sports facts and blooper-reel moments that will have you laughing and rooting for more. For readers who like: Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries.

SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS by Jack Cheng
A space-obsessed 11-year-old boy and his dog, Carl Sagan (named for his hero, the real-life astronomer) is determined to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. For readers who like: Newbery Award buzz.

YOUNG ADULT NOVELS:

SAINTS AND MISFITS by S.K. Ali
This book was described to me as a modern day My So-Called Life starring a Muslim teen, so there is no way I'm not reading it this summer. A delight for readers who recognize the culture, but essential for those unfamiliar with Muslim experiences. Long overdue. For readers who like: a hot debut from a Toronto author.

ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. McManus
Someone had the brilliant idea to combine The Breakfast Club with Veronica Marsthen add a little Gossip Girl...and I applaud them. For readers who like: page-turners that keep you up at night.

THE FASHION COMMITTEE by Susan Juby
Charlie Dean is a style-obsessed girl who eats, sleeps, and breathes fashion. John Thomas-Smith is a boy who forges metal sculptures in his garage and couldn't care less about clothes. But they share one thing in common: both are gunning for a scholarship to the private art high school that could make all their dreams come true. For readers who like: fashion from a critical point of view.

FOR SUMMER CAMP & THE COTTAGE:

THE LUMBERJANES SERIES by Shannon Watters & Noelle Stevenson
This series is set in and around Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, and I think that really says it all. I can't stress enough the importance of an all-ages, female-led, and female-authored comic book title. For readers who like: Eisner Award-winning awesomeness. 

TIME SHIFTERS by Chris Grine
This book contains a scientist, a robotic Abraham Lincoln riding a friendly dinosaur, a sassy ghost, a mummy, a skeleton in a spacesuit, and a vampire Napoleon. And a kid named Luke. For readers who like: blockbuster superheroes and epic sci-fi adventures.

ICE CREAM SUMMER by Megan Atwood
Every summer the Garrison Family Apple Orchard opens its ice cream stand and lets two kids run the show. This year it’s Lizzie and Sarah’s turn, but a disaster at the grand opening results in a mysteriously empty cash register. They have to become good friends—and expert detectives—before this Ice Cream Summer turns into the Worst Summer Ever. For readers who like: a sweet story set in a diverse community.

FUNNY GIRL by Betsy Bird (editor)
An anthology of 28 short stories, autobiographical essays, and comic strips from award-winning and bestselling authors including Cece Bell, Sophie Blackall, Libba Bray, Shannon Hale, Lisa Graff, and Raina Telgemeier. For readers who like: to laugh on vacation.