Hello Dear Readers! Dot and Mae are having a lovely day. Today a very good friend of theirs invited them to spend the afternoon with him. Maybe you will recognize him from his photo?
Dot and Mae love to spend time at Humpty Dumpty’s. He has a huge collection of books – all kinds of books – and Dot and Mae can spend hours and hours reading them. When H.D. (as the girls like to call him) invites them over, he always makes tea if it’s chilly outside, or lemonade if it’s hot, and then serves it with some type of treat – like cookies, or cupcakes or brownies. The girls have such a wonderful time, and sometimes H.D. will read aloud to them (which is heavenly!) and they might drift off to sleep dreaming about whatever story is being read.
Summer is such a good time to read books, don’t you think? You can lay out in the warm sun on a blanket, or in hammock under a shade tree, maybe sitting out on a nice cool porch, or in a tree-house (if you’re so lucky to have one!) If it’s too warm outside you can stretch out on the sofa in front of a fan, or curl up in a pile of pillows on the floor! Libraries are good places to go in the summer. They’re always nice and cool – you can stop by and take a break from the heat. Oftentimes they will have summer reading programs in the summer where you can read books for prizes and fun! The librarians can always recommend good books to read if you don’t see something that grabs your attention. Just ask one, and try it out – Dot and Mae have been pleasantly surprised several times by books that were recommended by librarians!
What types of books do you like to read? Funny ones? Mysteries? True Stories? Animal stories? There are so many good ones to choose from huh? If you are going to the library, here are some books that Dot and Mae would like to recommend for you to check out and see if you like. They are some of their favorite books, and they hope you like them too!
Dot and Mae love all of Beverly Cleary’s Books – here are a few of their most favorite ones (these will make you laugh out loud – for real!)
Roald Dahl is another wonderful writer (and if you’ve seen these movies, the books are MUCH better!)
Encyclopedia Brown books are WONDERFUL they are written by Donald J. Sobol – we think you will love them too! Very fun to read in the summer!
Frederick the Mouse by Leo Leonni
The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales (these stories are so funny and the illustrations are FANTASTIC!)
NO! David! by David Shannon (Can’t you relate to this? Wonderful art too!)
Written by Maira Kalman – a wonderful story about a Dog named Max who dreams of being a famous poet and living in Paris. (keep an eye out for his neighbors, twins named Otto and Otto and their dogs Otto and Otto!) Really wonderful illustrations in this book too!
Here are a few others we think you would enjoy. If these are too hard for you to read, maybe one of your parents or grandparents, or brother or sister would read it to you – it’s always nice to have someone read to you!
- The Indian In The Cupboard by Lynne Banks
- The Wizard of Oz (and sequels)by Frank L. Baum
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
- The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (and sequels) by C.S. Lewis
- Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
- Mrs. Frisby & Rats of NIMH by Richard O’Brien
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
- Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
- Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery by Deborah and James Howe
- How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban