Summer Read-to-Learn

All summer, I’ll be sharing books for kids of all ages on topics that will interest them or offer them something new to learn about. Most of the time, these will be nonfiction books, but sometimes we can learn from fictional stories too.

I hope you will stay tuned to these posts. They will always have Summer Read-to-Learn in the title and the tags. There will be books from some of my favorite publishers like Feeding Minds Press, Chronicle Kids, Twirl, Templar Books, Candlewick Press, and others as well as books on all kinds of topics kids love to read and learn about. Be sure to stop by each week to see what book I’m sharing as part of my Summer Read-to-Learn series.

To see all the books in the Summer Read-to-Learn series, click HERE.

Hello Hello Shapes and Hello Hello Colors with boys

Last week I was able to share these HELLO HELLO books with my great-nephews. They were so excited to see all the animals on the pages and tell me what colors and shapes were on each page.

Hello Hello Shapes

By: Brendan Wenzel
Published: June 18, 2024
Publisher: Chronicle Kids

HELLO HELLO SHAPES teaches kids about various shapes along with animals that are threatened, vulnerable, or endangered.

Hello Hello Shapes page

Two polar bears hugging make a square shape. Parrots in a pile make a pear shape. A family of penguins makes a pentagon. Each of these animals is vulnerable to becoming endangered or are already endangered.

Common shapes like squares, circles, triangles, and rectangles are found on the pages along with the shape of a pear, hexagon, and star. Plus not all the animals are familiar. You’ll find servals, tragopans, and a dhole among the common animals like owls, frogs, and geckos.

The end of the book names each animal and its vulnerability level for becoming endangered. An author’s note explains how to find out more information about these animals and ways to save them.

Hello Hello Colors

By: Brendan Wenzel
Published: June 18, 2024
Publisher: Chronicle Kids

HELLO HELLO COLORS introduces a rainbow of colors to kids through the natural colors of endangered animals. Kids will find familiar animals on the pages as well as those they have likely never seen before.

Hello Hello Colors page

Each page features a collection of animals that are a particular color. On the blue pages, kids will see a butterfly and a blue jay along with a gecko, a poison dart frog, a sailfish, and a partridge. Some of these animals are in danger of becoming extinct. There is even a page of animals that have multiple colors on their feathers, fur, or skin.

The end of the book creates a rainbow of animals leaping across the page and an explanation of each animal and its level of vulnerability when it comes to being endangered. An author’s note at the end explains why these creatures are in danger and ways to help.

Brendan Wenzel is an author and illustrator based in upstate New York. His debut picture book, They All Saw a Cat, was a New York Times bestseller and the recipient of a 2017 Caldecott Honor. An ardent conservationist, he is a proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species.

To purchase a copy of HELLO HELLO SHAPES, click HERE.

To purchase a copy of HELLO HELLO COLORS, click HERE.

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