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.

I Scream Ice Scream!: A Book of Wordles

There are words that sound the same, but mean completely different things. Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal calls them "wordles," and she and illustrator Serge Bloch shows you a good time with sentence and language play. It's a joy to see the difference between things like "heroes" and "he rows." Available at, $12.