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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.

Flight 1-2-3

Your bookworm's number recognition skills will really take off with this airplane-themed stunner by Maria van Lieshout. Journey through an airport and learn to count with the help of bold graphics and familiar signage (think "Baggage Carousel #2"). Available at amazon.com, $12.