The heat of summer is here, and that means equally cool treats are in order to combat it! July 17th marks National Ice Cream Day, so check out these books to help cool off after a long day out in the sun. Ranging from history to fantasy, you'll find a great read about everything related to ice cream!
“Ice Cream Face” written and illustrated by Heidi Woodward Sheffield
This charming book brings you through all of the emotions that accompany waiting for, getting, and eating ice cream! For the main character, a kit who loves ice cream, his day can be a roller coaster of emotions when it comes to his favorite food. He can get impatient, annoyed, and even sad, but ultimately, he ends up deliciously happy!
"Ice Cream Everywhere" by Marjorie Blain Parker and illustrated by Stephanie Roth.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice scream! Discover all the fun and exciting ways and places you can eat ice cream with this early reader favorite. From cones to cups to sloshing and slurping, you'll enjoy a wild ride of ice cream fun with friends in this cool treat of story!
Watch a free read aloud here.
“Ice Cream Summer” written by Megan Atwood and illustrated by Natalie Andrewson
As the first book in the series Orchard Novel, Sarah, the 11-year-old protagonist, is tasked with spending the summer minding an ice cream stand on her friend’s family orchard. Happy to spend the summer with her friend Lizzie, Sarah runs into a roadblock when Lizzie invites twins Peter and Olive to help them. Sarah was also hoping to get closer to Lizzie over the summer, so the sudden arrival of two other people sparks all sorts of conflict about making friends and keeping old ones.
“Ice Cream: The Full Scoop” written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons
Well known for its kid-friendly dive into the history of ice cream, Gail Gibbons gives the perfect insider’s look into how ice cream is made. This book makes for a great way for kids to get into researching the things they love, and can also serve up a good introduction to a classic treat!
Watch a live read aloud here.
“7 Days Till Ice Cream” written by Bernardo Feliciano and illustrated by Rayanne Vieira
For those older kids who are showing an interest in being a maker, this book ties in problem-solving and computer coding to an already sugary concept! The book follows three friends as they try to figure out how to track the path the ice cream truck takes, and ultimately score some ice cream. As an additional cool bonus, the book has a fun coding-related activity for kids to try.
“The Nice Dream Truck” written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Brigette Barrager
Imagination and dreams abound, this book is a delightful little bedtime story all about the Nice Dream Truck! The Nice Dream Truck drives around night after night, delivering tasty dreams with as many flavors to choose from as there are dreams to be had! Be sure to curl up with this book if you want a sweet and cozy way to end the day.
Watch a free read-aloud here.
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We are thrilled to welcome Jacquelyn Hall as Read to Succeed's new Co-Executive Director! Check out a fun Q&A with Jacque below all about reading!
What is your favorite children’s book?
As a child, I liked Amelia Bedelia. Right now my favorite children's book is "Ada Twist, Scientist."
Where is your favorite place to read?
Outside in the shade at the beach. If I can’t get there, I’ll settle for my bed.
What’s the last thing you read, book or otherwise?
"The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brené Brown.
If you could have one author, dead or alive, over for dinner, who would it be?
Brené Brown – she is funny, authentic and awe-inspiring.
Who inspired your love of reading?
My mother. She used to read to my sister and I all the time when we were little.
What’s your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?
When is the last time you read to someone else?
Last week at the Arthur R. Edington Center summer camp.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would it be titled?
"Totally Fierce Through Imperfect Faith"
What is your favorite genre to read?
What is one of your favorite things to do in Asheville/favorite aspect of Asheville?
I love the mountains. I look forward to warm weather to explore nature and visit our mountain waterfalls.
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