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.

Spike & Ike Take a Hike

A hedgehog and raccoon saunter through the woods and discover a soggy buggy bog, itty-bitty pretty spitty kitty, and other tongue twisters in S.D. Schnidler's latest. Consider it wordplay gone animal. Available at, $12.