"Fairyopolis" by Cicely Mary Barker (Warne, 32 pp., $19.99)
"Fairyopolis" is the secret journal of Cicely Mary Barker from the summer of 1920, where Cicely reveals a world of wonderful flower fairies. Summer is a time for magic and fairies, both of which you will experience in this beautifully illustrated book that would be enjoyed by all ages.
"National Geographic Kids Almanac 2011" National Geographic (National Geographic Children's Books, 352 pp., $14.99)
Packed cover to cover with lists, tips, photos and other information about "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Everything!", the newest NG Kids Almanac is the ideal book summer reading-wise for young adults, with all kinds of games, puzzles and more to occupy a summer day here in the South.
"This is the Sunflower" by Lola M. Schaefer (Greenwillow, 24 pp., $17.99)
Starting off with a sunflower - "This is the sunflower, tall and bright, that stands in my garden day and night" - the poem continues throughout the book, as the plant evolves and creates new growth, from birds spreading the seeds to the way the weather affects the flower. Great for younger children.
"Sea, Sand, Me!" by Patricia Hubbell (HarperCollins, 32 pp., $18.99)
This cheery picture book about a little girl preparing for and going to the beach captures summertime fun in a sing-song kind of manner ("Flippy-floppy sun hat/ We jump in the water and dance, dance, dance") that will delight young ones, especially preschoolers and children just learning to read.
"The Jolly Mon" by Jimmy Buffett (Harcourt Children's Books, 32 pp., $18.95)
Take a trip to the Caribbean, splash in the sea-green waves and ride the beautiful dolphin along with the Jolly Mon in this exciting and colorful story about the ocean, pirates, the power of music, and willpower. And the book comes along with a CD of Jimmy Buffett singing about the Jolly Mon. All in all, a very good package.