Nellie Belle, a fun-loving little pooch, visits the beach on a summer day.


Nellie Belle, a fun-loving little pooch, visits the beach on a summer day. Enjoy the trip with a repetitive rhyming text. There are many sights to see and adventures in store for Nellie Belle and your little one. Brightly illustrated with many opportunities to stop and talk about what's happening in the story. Mem Fox never disappoints for early literacy engagement. Also a delight for babies to hear the rhythm of language! AGES 0-5

SEASHORE by Alain Gree

If you are lucky enough to visit the seashore this summer, this is the book you want. Seashore is a beautifully illustrated introduction to the vacation experience for young children. The picture book reads more like informational text with engaging activities for drawing and writing, finding what's different in pictures, and asking questions that encourage conversations. Alain Gree, a French illustrator, creates beautiful vintage artwork for a series of books that also includes: Transportation, Nature and Alphabet. AGES 3-7

AMERICA AT BAT FROM 1900 TO TODAY by Richard Panchyk

Baseball enthusiasts will pore over this detailed historical account of baseball in America. It is jam-packed with personal accounts from former players and legends. Nineteen hands-on activities designed to build knowledge about the sport are included, such as calculating a batter's average, how to keep score and designing a team logo. There are many photographs and memorabilia included as well, and website resources to visit. AGES 9 AND UP

UP FROM THE SEA by Leza Lowitz

This novel in verse is told over three seasons: spring, summer and fall of 2011. On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami hit coastal towns in Japan, devastating Kai's village, family, friends and life. Survival instincts are quickly replaced with despair and guilt as Kai struggles with the reality of life after the tsunami. This is the beautifully told story of a young biracial teen who finds hope as he visits a memorial of 9/11 at Ground Zero and hears survival stories of adults who were children who lost everything in the terrorist attacks 10 years earlier. Can Kai make a new life for himself? Should he look for his long-gone father in New York? Will he ever enjoy soccer again? This gripping novel sheds light on the kindness and universal connectedness we share in the face of disasters. A page-turner and quick read with an intimate look into Japanese culture for the middle-schooler on up. FOR TEENS

-Linda Van Vickle, Youth Services Manager, Main Library - Children's Department



Interested in learning some Japanese over the summer? Want to brush up on your Spanish before traveling? Take easy lessons at your own pace by signing in from home with your Columbus Metropolitan Library card. Mango Languages also features a translate screen, which is handy for summertime travel.

Visit the Columbus Metropolitan Library's website at to access premium resources for Mango Languages, which offers self-directed conversational lessons in 71 different languages.