These books will keep kids smiling and exploring all summer long.

“Bees, Bugs and Butterflies: A Family Guide to Our Garden Heroes and Helpers”

by Ben Raskin (Roost Books, $16.95, ages 4-8)
Families can use this Discover Together Guide to learn all about garden pollinators through games, quizzes and outdoor exploration.

“Curious Jane: Science+Design+ Engineering for Inquisitive Girls”

by Samantha Razook Murphy (Sterling Children’s Books, $16.95, ages 6-11)
Open this book to any page and find a fun project, from making mini-catapults to fizzy bath bombs to screen printing.

“Maker Lab Outdoors: 25 Super Cool Projects”

by Jack Challoner (DK Books, $19.99, ages 8-12)
Create a homemade compass or a thermometer, grow a plant without soil, make enormous bubbles and more – you’ll find out how with easy-to-follow illustrated instructions and learn the science behind the project.

“Summer Brain Quest”

by Workman Publishing. $12.95, separated by grade groups from Pre-K to fifth grade.
Avoid the summer slide with these activity books to improve on math, reading and other skills. Each book is made for specific grades, and helps work on core concepts for those grades.

“Star Wars Workbooks”

by Workman Publishing. $8.95, separated by age/grade and topic.
This line of books combines the popularity of “Star Wars” with educational topics kids learn in Pre-K through fourth grade. This includes ABCs, phonics, writing, reading and math.

“Everything You Need to Ace In One Big Fat Notebook”

by Workman Publishing. $14.95, grades 6-8.
Geared towards middle school students, this book series helps look towards topics they will learn in the coming year. This includes science, history, math and English. The books include colorful sketches and graphics to keep attention.

“Summer Fit Activities”

by Summer Fit Learning. $14.95 separated by grade groups from preschool to eighth grade.
These books combine learning with play and fitness for a fun-filled summer. On one page, a child may learn about healthy eating and on another, learn about colors, letters or sounds. Each book also includes a value lesson such as compassion or honesty.

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