During the summer, a great list of new reads is like a seventh-inning stretch for little minds. Get your budding literati amped up about reading with these 14 page-turning picture and chapter books. They may look and sound like the favorites your kids ask for night after night, but each one is a newfangled adventure waiting to be discovered. Scroll through the flip book below and we promise, the days of bugging them to fulfill summer reading requirements are over.

If they love The Carrot Seed, try And Then It’s Spring.

Waiting isn’t easy—but patience and faith pay off in beautiful ways. That’s the simple but powerful message in both these books about a child and a garden. The delightful And Then It’s Spring uses lyrical prose and ethereal watercolors to make its point about plants and seasons. Be sure to also check out the author’s second (and equally lovely) book, If You Want to See a Whale.

Good for: ages 3-8

Available at amazon.com, $13.01.

Which new book will you read to the family this summer? Share with us in a Comment!

—Emma Bland Smith

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