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‘Silly Books to Read Aloud’ By Rob Reid

‘Silly Books to Read Aloud’

By Rob Reid

A wonderfully straightforward resource, this guide recommends more than 180 books that make great read-alouds for kids of all ages. Each listing comes with a short synopsis of the story, as well as the information needed to locate the book at the library. The books are selected for maximum silliness with the goal of getting parents and kids to share a good laugh and some quality time. Chapters highlight picture books, chapter books, poetry and graphic novels. Huron Street Press.

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‘Make Magic! Do Good!’ By Dallas Clayton

‘Make Magic! Do Good!’

By Dallas Clayton

This collection of silly poems is bound to become a family favorite. Beginning with “The Boy With the Beard” and ending with the title poem, Clayton’s rhymes have a liberal dose of whimsy and humor. The accompanying illustrations brighten each page with a palette of rainbow hues. Just try not to smile when you read this: “Whenever you build a robot/make sure to give him a switch/that changes him from bad to good/and remember which is which.” Candlewick Press.

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‘A Year With Friends’ By John Seven; illustrated by Jana Christy

‘A Year With Friends’

By John Seven; illustrated by Jana Christy

This gentle story highlights a year’s worth of adventures, going month by month and beginning with January – “a time for rolling down hills.” Through the seasons, a young boy and girl and their canine pal build sandcastles, pick apples an play in mud puddles. Simple, colorful pictures make this a sweet tale to read aloud with a toddler. Abrams Appleseed.

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‘Bedtime Is Canceled’ By Cece Meng

‘Bedtime Is Canceled’

By Cece Meng

Maggie and her brother try to convince their parents via note that bedtime is canceled. Their parents don’t buy it, but somehow the note gets into the hands of a reporter who does. Next thing you know, it is a global news event. This story brings to life every child’s dream of a deferred bedtime while gently poking fun of the information overload of today’s society. Clarion Books.

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