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School’s out for the summer. But that doesn’t mean Captain Smartypants can’t hit the books. Between trips to the playground and ice cream shop, ramp up imaginations with quality story time. Get started with these 10 new picture books that are worth cracking open on even the sunniest of days.

Tea Rex

When a Tyrannosaurus Rex shows up for tea, a brother and sister give him a most polite and comfortable welcome. Molly Idle's colored-pencil drawings give this page-turner its heart. Available at amazon.com, $12.