Did you see The Washington Post editorial on summer reading? The author, 

We asked Josie Rhodes, Baltimore mom and co-owner of Red Canoe Cafe and Children’s Bookstore in Lauraville, about some ‘wacky and wonderful’ magic summer reads for kids! Here are her picks…

Wacky and Wonderful Summer Books for Kids: Picks by Josie Rhodes

TODDLER/PREK PICK: Crocopotamus by Mary Murphy

Well the name should say it all! This super vibrant board book gives the reader the ability to mix and match wild animals. Toddlers will get a kick out of coming up with ridiculous animal name combinations. 

EARLY ELEMENTARY PICK: Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran

A land filled with imagination. Enter Roxaboxen, where every child visits this town of make believe. Less wacky more wonderful in the most wonderful way, with dusty earth toned illustrations and a story brimming with nostalgia.

UPPER ELEMENTARY PICK: Beatrice Zinker the Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes

I love how fresh and fun and Ramonaesque this chapter book with scattered illustrations is. Beatrice Zinker is a strong female character, a great role model for our young females!

TWEEN PICK: The Heartless Troll by Oyvind Torseter

This is a fun twist on an old fairytale called The Troll with No Heart. The fanciful and a little outlandish graphic novel style tale is partnered with Moominesque illustrations – speaking of wacky!


Are you participating in our 2018 Summer Passport program? Red Canoe is offering 15% off any book with any other purchase (yes! even coffee!). Don’t have a Passport yet? Buy one here. All of the deals and Play Date offers are good through Labor Day!