Kids' Books for Family Fun Month

Check out all our family-centered programming that's happening this month as we celebrate Family Fun! Stretch at a yoga class or learn some new moves at a dance party. There's something for everyone. Learn more about our programs here: denverlibrary.org/familyfun

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Patricelli, Leslie

Pack a beach bag and join Baby for that quintessential summer activity: a day at the seashore. With a new little pal in tow, it's time to put on sunscreen (rubby, rubby), set up the umbrella (ouch, this sand is hot!), splash in the waves (run away from the big ones!), and build a sandcastle (extra hands help!). And don't forget ice cream! Thankfully, there's a shower for rinsing off that sandy, sticky stuff. There's so much to do and see that it might be a challenge to get these babies back home!

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Galbraith, Kathryn Osebold

It is summer in the park, and as the sun shines babies play and hide, while spiders spin and ants scurry.

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Bissonette, Aimée M.

Summer is the perfect season for families to embrace the outdoors.  When Summer Comes celebrates playing and exploring in the wilderness during the summer months.

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Tariq, Ambreen

An immigrant family embarks on their first camping trip in the Midwest.

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Bolling, Valerie

Told in rhyming text, a young African American girl learns to ride a bike, with the help of her father.

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Dorléans, Marie

A family goes on a midnight walk and takes in the beauty of the night and the natural world.

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Ledyard, Stephanie Parsley.

You're invited to a glorious Fourth of July picnic where you'll learn all about sharing, the good things along with the bad.

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Messner, Kate

Over the canyon, the sun scalds the air, and bakes the desert mud to stone. But under the shade of the canyon hides another world, where bighorn sheep bound from rock to rock on the hillside, roadrunners make their nests in sturdy cacti, and banded geckos tuck themselves into the shelter of the sand. This book takes readers on a journey through the wonders concealed in the curves of the canyon, and all the secret life hidden in its arms.

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Peter, Gareth

A boy and his mothers build a treehouse fit for a prince.

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Wong, Jack

A reverent celebration of learning to swim among a diverse cast of children and families who each experience the mysterious joys of water in nature.

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Greenawalt, Kelly

In rhyming text, super girl Princess Truly goes on a camping trip with little brother Ty and her dog, Sir Noodles; with her super powers she is not afraid of dark caves, bugs, or things that go bump in the night, which is a problem when she develops hiccups, and needs something to scare them away.

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Tan, Sheri

Pablo invites his friends to go with him and his father to Coney Island to celebrate the end of summer, using his trusty maps to guide their way by bus and subway train.

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Snyder, Laurel

Charlie and Mouse and their parents are going on a camping trip, and there will be hiking, storytelling, marshmallows, and campfires, and the joy that comes from sharing it all.

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Rosoff, Meg

When a camping trip unleashes a reluctant Peachey family on the great outdoors, its up to their savvy dog, McTavish, to show them how it's done.

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Alvarez, Julia

When three girls and their father visit for a week in the summer, it takes T́́ía Lola to make Miguel forget his unhappiness at the absence of any boys and embrace the adventures that ensue.

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Arlow, Jake Maia

Would-be amusement park aficionado Dalia only has two items on her summer bucket list: (1) finally ride a roller coaster and (2) figure out how to make a new best friend. But when her dad suddenly announces that he's engaged, Dalia's schemes come to a screeching halt. With Dalia's future stepsister Alexa heading back to college soon, the grown-ups want the girls to spend the last weeks of summer bonding -- meaning Alexa has to cancel the amusement park road trip she's been planning for months. Luckily Dalia comes up with a new plan: If she joins Alexa on her trip and brings Rani, the new girl from her swim team, along maybe she can have the perfect summer after all. But what starts out as a week of funnel cakes and Lazy River rides goes off the rails when Dalia discovers that Alexa's girlfriend is joining the trip. And keeping Alexa's secret makes Dalia realize one of her own: She might have more-than-friend feelings for Rani.

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Bidania, V. T.

Astrid, Apollo, Eliana, and their parents are at the state fair and enjoying a scavenger hunt based on the five senses, but none of them can figure out what it is that little Eliana wants.

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Ard, Cath

A book that encourages children to go and play outside and discover what nature has to offer. Leave the house and roam into the nature: It is a fascinating place, waiting to be conquered by little ones with curious minds. Whether in the garden, park, or a nearby forest, a closer look at nature will draw out budding architects, their first constructions built from stones, branches, and leaves; a thorough investigation of trees will reveal all kinds of insects; and listening to the animals around will teach their sounds. Let's Play Outdoors! is for a new generation of environmentally conscious children, showing them how to interact with their surroundings in a meaningful way. The activities suggested inspire independent learning about animals, plants, and the weather, as well as how to look after the world.

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Halligan, Katherine

Make every Sunday a fun day with an amazing activity to keep you busy each weekend of the year. From gardening projects and obstacle courses to creative crafts and recipes, there's something fun to do no matter what the weather is. Packed with fifty-two seasonal activities for all ages, this book will be sure to make every weekend a fantastic one.

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Mason, Allie

It's time for a new generation of autistic adventurers! Outdoor adventuring can be life changing--it makes you physically and mentally stronger, takes you to new places and introduces you to new friends, as well as being an exhilarating challenge--but it can be stressful when there are unexpected social and sensory challenges involved. Allie Mason, autistic adventurer extraordinaire, is here to help. Join Allie as she introduces activities ranging from archery to stargazing, sailing to fossil hunting, snorkeling to nature-writing--and so much more. Each easily digestible factsheet comes with a short introduction, a summary of the sensory experiences involved, suggestions on approaching activities for when you're just getting started, as well as a handy budgeting system. With personal anecdotes and interviews with awesome autistic athletes, this book will give you the support you need to take on the great outdoors.

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Thomsen, Amanda

The backyard has long been a space associated with recreation and relaxation, a private patch of earth to escape to, and a springboard for the imagination. In her signature style and drawing on her personal experience as a mother, gardener, and author, Amanda Thomsen encourages kids to create kingdoms of their own making, right in their own backyards. With whimsical projects for every season and any setting, from forest to pavement, fun-seeking kids and their families will rediscover the yard as a place for inspired play, using repurposed materials and existing features of outdoor spaces. Whether they're creating tiny gardens inhabited by action figures, weaving a secret hideaway out of a loom of twine and twigs, or setting sidewalk cracks on fire with Coffeemate, Backyard Adventure lets kids of all ages turn their yards into a place they can call their own.

Summaries provided by DPL's catalog unless otherwise noted. Click on each title to view more information.

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