Summer Reading

The “lazy, hazy, crazy” days of summer offer hours of reading time, and MBC and I have recently come across some new children’s books which offer tales both inspiring and entertaining! Since my motto is to “keep reading and writing,” MBC is always thrilled to find friends and acquaintances who have done just that. The three books listed below are sure to pique the imaginations and warm the hearts of our young reader friends.


Ishmael the Snail by Madeleine Chalk introduces us to three friends who are each discovering their unique gifts. Wren learns to fly, and Hal the hare hops away. While the temptation is to compare his talents and gifts with others, Ishmael learns that finding his own gifts “at my own pace” is okay. He’s surprised to find that, with love and encouragement from his mother, Gail, just being himself can be a help to others. The soft, simple illustrations bring a calming beauty to this charming tale of Ishmael the snail.

Always Always Always, written by Audrey Copenhaver Nixon and illustrated by Kelsey Marshalsey, provides reassurance for young children of the unconditional love of parents in every season. The whimsical illustrations depict the parent/child relationship with a bear and cub, and reinforce that, through all kinds of weather, a parent’s love stays the same. Sweet and simple, the poetic verses lovingly reinforce that a parent’s love is present always, always, always.

Carrot Top the Island Cat, written and illustrated by Ann Coffee, (Happy Tales Press, Marble Falls, TX) introduces us to an orange cat, Carrot Top, who lives appropriately on Catalina Island. Life is good on the island for Carrot Top, but when Carrot Top’s cousin Butter, a yellow cat, is adopted and moves away, Carrot Top is lonely. Leaving his comfort zone, Carrot Top embarks on an adventure to a neighboring island, Balboa, in search of Butter. Balboa offers lots of excitement to Carrot Top, especially since he arrives on the Fourth of July. But will he find Cousin Butter? Read and find out! This is a “cativating” tale illustrated with beautiful paintings!

All three of these books are sure to delight young readers this summer and can be ordered from Amazon.

Congratulations to MBC’s friends on these beautiful books that encourage us all to “keep reading and writing!”

Have a dilly of a summer!

Bluebonnet Armadillo