A kids' summer reading bonanza at the San Francisco Chronicle rounds up titles for everyone from the chewing-the-board-book age to young-adult hipsters.
- Forest of the Pygmies, by Isabel Allende.
- Picture books about dogs (and cats). That New Animal, by Emily Jenkins, with pics by Pierre Pratt; Puppies! Puppies! Puppies, by Susan Meyers, illustrated by David Walker; Good Dog, poetry by Maya Gottfried and paintings by Robert Rahway Zakanitch; and Romeow and Druliet, by Nina Laden.
- Runny Babbit, by Shel Silverstein.
- Lost in America, by Marilyn Sachs.
- Kai's Journey to Gold Mountain: An Angel Island Story, by Katrina Saltonstall Currier, illustrated by Gabhor Utimo.
- Books about dads, for younger readers. Papa, Do You Love Me?, by Barbara M. Joosse, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee; Father's Day, by Anne Rockwell, pics by Lizzy Rockwell; Daddy Cuddles, a board book by Anne Gutman and George Hallensleben.
- Eye-catching picture books by San Francisco-area authors. Stanley Mows the Lawn, by Craig Frazier; Chato Goes Cruisin', by Gary Soto, illustrations by Susan Guevara; and Miss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten, by Joseph Slate, pics by Ashley Wolff.
- Prom stories, including Prom, by Laurie Halse Anderson; 24 Girls in 7 Days, by Alex Bradley; and Mosh Pit, by Kristyn Dunnion.
- Sequels and spin-offs. Shredderman: Meet the Gecko, by Wendelin Van Draanen, pictures by Bryan Biggs; Judy Moody Declares Independence, by Megan McDonald, illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds; and by the same team, Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid, about Judy Moody's brother.
- Rose and Riley, for the beginning reader, by Jane Cutler, with pictures by Thomas F. Yezerski.
In the Washington Post, Elizabeth Ward reviews three books for older readers: The Enemies of Jupiter, by Caroline Laurence; Summer's End, by Audrey Couloumbis; and Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, by Sally M. Walker. Plus, Ms. Ward takes a look at two picture books—Bruno Munari's Zoo, by Bruno Munari (a re-issue of "one of the most striking picture books of its time" ); and The Shopping Expedition, by Andre Amstutz, with illustrations by Allan Ahlberg. (Registration required.)
An American book, Lobster Boy, is the (London) Sunday Times' children's pick of the week. Rodman Philbrick's novel for nine- to twelve-year-olds was published here under the title The Young Man and the Sea.