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.


When Cedric the Dragon asks to hear his favorite bedtime story again and again, tempers flare -- and so does his fire breath. Emily Gravett's charming, funny tale teaches kids to not get hot tempered and praises the patience of parents. Available at, $13.