Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids -- Kirkland SummerFest!


The books I’ve picked this week are some of my all time favorite storytime books that I plan to share with kids at Kirkland SummerFest at Marina Park on August 11. There will be five storytimes throughout the day starting at 11am each with a different theme, from colors to ocean life. In addition to stories, songs, and rhymes, there will also be a fun (and free) craft for kids. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog. I hope to see you there!


Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

Little, Brown and Company, 978-0316236539


The Big Green Monster has two yellow eyes, a long bluish-greenish nose, and two little squiggly ears. As you turn the pages of this book the die-cut paper illustrations gradually brings the big green monster to life. But don’t worry, the Big Green Monster doesn’t scare you because you can turn the pages and watch as the monster disappears feature by feature, “Go away, Big Green Monster!”



The Magic Hat by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Tricia Tusa

Sandpiper, 978-0152057152


One day a magic hat comes wafting into town on a breeze. It flips and flies through the air until it lands on the head of a man and poof! suddenly the man is a toad! As the magic hat continues it’s journey through town, it continues to change ordinary people into magical creatures. The fast pace of the book is propelled by the forward motion of the magical hat and by the anticipation of the next magical event.



Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Judy Horacek

Harcourt Children’s Books, 978-0152049072


This colorful book is jam-packed full of sheep. It’s easy to find the red sheep, the clown sheep, the up sheep and the down sheep, but where’s the green sheep? Turn the pages to see the sun sheep and the rain sheep, the scared sheep and the brave sheep, but what about that green sheep? The simple rhyming text, using a vocabulary of colors and opposites, makes this a great book to read to toddlers and preschoolers.