Reading can be one of the many fun activities children fill their summer time with. Research has shown it is also much more! Children who participate in public library summer reading programs not only avoid the “summer slide” in learning, but also score higher on reading achievement tests than those who do not participate. Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matthew Myers Gran Gran gave Alexander a beautiful book about Birthday Bunny, but Alexander decides to “create” his own book about Battle Bunny, which suits his tastes much better. Binny for Short by Hilary McKay, illustrated by Micah Player Binny’s family moves to a cottage by the seaside, where she finds adventure, a nemesis—and maybe even her long-lost dog. First in a series. Bluffton: My Summers with Buster by Matt Phelan Muskegon, Michigan, is an ordinary town until a band of vaudeville performers, including young Buster Keaton, decide to spend the summer there. The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin Daring crime-solving chicks are out to solve a mystery. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon Dory shows how much fun having an overactive imagination can be as she keeps herself entertained over the summer. A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Human by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder A story about dragons with a twist: Miss Drake (the dragon) has a new human pet! Eddie Red, Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells, illustrated by Marcos Calo Sixth-grader Eddie is called on by the NYPD to help bust a gang of art thieves by using his photographic memory and talent for drawing. Project Blastoff by Mark Kelly with Martha Freeman Twins Mark and Scott Kelly are about to embark on an adventure of epic proportions as they build and engineer their own rocket ship. Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff Twelve-year-old Rump goes on a quest to discover his true identity and to break a magical curse in this humorous take on the classic fairy tale. The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors, illustrated by Dan Santat Ben and his friend Pearl discover the new veterinarian office in their small town treats magical creatures, and they have the adventure of their lives as they track down a Sasquatch. First in a series.