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.

Matilda and Hans

One of them is naughty; the other is nice. Follow a feline pair on a rollicking journey that involves escaped animals and the police. Author and illustrator Yokococo delivers a delightful surprise at the end. Available at, $10.