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Four new or upcoming books to share with your children

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Here are four (new or upcoming) well-written and beautifully illustrated books that will have children and adults laughing out loud. These rhyming stories are excellent springboards for meaningful discussions between parents and children.

"The Great Indoors" by Julie Falatko, with illustrations by Ruth Chan (Disney-Hyperion, 40 pages, in stores April 9)

A family leaves home to go camping, and deer, bears, skunks and beavers move in for their own vacation indoors. They bring along a karaoke machine, 13 cartons of ice cream and enough cookies for a Girl Scout sale. After the deer become sore from dancing, the beavers' thumbs hurt from playing Dam Builders 4 all day, someone puts cheese in the toaster and a bed gets broken, the animals return to the quiet of the forest. What will the people think when they return home?

"Some Days" by Karen Kaufman Orloff, with illustrations by Ziyue Chen (Sterling Children's Books, 40 pages, in stores)

This book explores 34 emotions experienced by children, ranging from the joy of picking out a puppy to the sadness of getting in trouble for making a mess.

"Underwear" by Jenn Harney (Disney-Hyperion, 40 pages, in stores April 2)

Little Bear has finished his bath and should be putting on his underwear so that he can go to bed. Instead, he imagines using his underwear as a boat, hair styles, swim goggles and a superbear costume. Unfortunately, water splashes out of the tub. What will Daddy Bear say? This book, written and illustrated by Harney, uses repetition to teach conjunctions and homonyms.

"Just Read!" by Lori Degman, with illustrations by Victoria Tentier-Krylov (Sterling Children's Books, 32 pages, in stores)

The joy of reading is that it can be done alone or with friends and in myriad places and times, as the children in this story learn on their travels. And they can always read books again.

— Jeanie Soles, for The Oklahoman

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