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The Milwaukee Public Library's Super Reader Summer Reading Program has begun. Aside from offering a fun summer activity, it's a great way for Milwaukee kids to avoid the summer learning slide by developing good reading habits. What's the best way to start reading daily? Pick up one of these fun books at your Milwaukee Public Library and read on!

Recommended by Milwaukee Public Library children's librarians Karli Pederson and Emily Stueven.

Crocopotamus: Mix and Match the Wild Animals!by Mary Murphy (Ages 2-4)

Young children can mix and match wild animal heads and tails to create silly hybrid characters in this charmingly illustrated board book.

Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatchingby Laura Gehl; pictures by Joyce Wan (Ages 2-5)

Despite Peep's pleading, obstinate Egg refuses to hatch. But when Peep walks away, will Egg finally come out of his shell? This bright, charming picture book delights with its cleverness.

Among a Thousand Fireflies

by Helen Frost & Rick Lieder (Ages 3-8)

Simple prose and beautiful photography elegantly combine to tell the story of two fireflies using their lights to communicate and find each other.

Surf's upby Kwame Alexander; illustrated by Daniel Miyares (Ages 4-7)

Dude is ready to hit the waves and doesn't understand Bro's insistence on finishing his book, until cries of 'Wowie Kazowie!' and 'Whoa, Daddy-O!' spark Dude's curiosity. This ode to surf and a love of reading is totally awesome, dude!

Dance! Dance! Underpants!

by Bob Shea (Ages 5-8)

Butter Bear will use any excuse not to dance. Will Ballet Cat's encouragement turn Bear into a ballerina? This is a fun and silly book about overcoming shyness and learning to shine.

Get a Hit, Mo!by David A. Adler; illustrated by Sam Ricks (Ages 6-8)

When Mo's baseball team, the Lions, faces off against the Bears, it all comes down to the final inning. Will Mo, the smallest member of his team, be able to help them win the game?

Spirit Week Showdownby Crystal Allen; illustrations by Eda Kaban (Ages 8-10)

Mya and Naomi's friendship is put to the test during School Spirit Week, but spunky Mya will do everything she can to win back her best friend's favor in this page-turning chapter book.

The Pirate Who's Back in Bunny Slippers

by Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White; illustrated by Anthony Holden (Ages 8-12)

Fearful pirate Shivers sets sail for adventure! A little help from his friends, a dash of courage, and he might just save the day in this fun, fast-paced chapter book.

Paxby Sara Pennypacker; illustrated by Jon Klassen (Ages 9-14)

Separated by war, Peter and his pet fox Pax try, against all odds, to get back to one another in this moving adventure tale of hope, determination, and friendship.

For more great book ideas, visit metroparentmagazine.com/books.

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