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Summer reads: Children

Summers are for kicking back, letting pages curl up in a beach house, reading stories at night — and reading anything you want. In celebration of that freedom, here are books worth packing up and taking along for those long, long rides:

Snippet, the snail hero of “SNIPPET THE EARLY RISER” (Knopf, 2013) doesn’t get the whole idea of sleeping in and taking things slow. Though in “many ways” he is “an ordinary snail,” he’s also a go-getter. “At sunrise, long before his family stirred, Snippet sprang from his shell.” Insect friends offer their help (aid from a stink bug is declined) in rousing the rest of the family. Bethanie Deeney Murguia underplays the humor, with softly colorful illustrations and a happy eye for comic detail. Sure to ring true to all the young dawn-greeters.

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