6 picture books for summer reading

It’s summertime – how better to celebrate than with pictures books that feature green grass, bare feet, and lots of playtime with friends?

6. 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff,' by Jerry Pinkney

Finding the courage to confront a bully is also at the heart of a gorgeous retelling of The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 40 pp., ages 4 to 8), by Caldecott Medal winner and fabled children’s book author Jerry Pinkney. Pinkney says he altered the classic folk tale to offer the troll who lives under the bridge – and tries to prevent the goats from crossing – a chance at redemption. Young readers will love this gentle tale of good prevailing over evil, and readers of all ages will swoon over Pinkney’s brilliant watercolor drawings, which are rich enough with details to demand multiple readings.

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