Islands of Summer: Books to read

Summer is here, when school is just a memory, and it’s time for kids to explore islands – reading new and favorite children’s books. Sun and water, warm breezes, cool fogs, staying up late on long summer days, secret huts in the forest, imaginary pirates, picking huckleberries, moonlight on the water, going to sleep listening to the waves. And it’s your very own island.

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Tokyo: Samurai and Shogun

Japanese samurai were elite warriors, highly skilled in sword-fighting, archery, and horseback riding. Exploring Tokyo with kids, go up the high hillside where the donjon of Edo Castle once towered over the city, find samurai armor and swords in museums, and visit Sengakuji temple of the Forty-Seven Ronin – samurai who were loyal to their daimyo to the end.

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Travel books for toddlers

In one of our local bookstores in San Francisco, we came across a delightful board book series – Hello World. We were enchanted – New York book about colors, shapes in Paris, opposites in London, San Francisco counting book. And gave us the idea for this post about travel-themed board books for toddlers – cities, food, art in museums, transportation, wildlife.

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