Enjoy the summer skies with these “up in the air” reads available at the Abington Community Library:
• In “The Red Hat,” written by David Teague and illustrated by Antoinette Portis, Billy keeps trying to introduce himself to the girl in the red hat. But the wind blows his words away, along with the kite and the paper airplane. Will Billy find a way?
• “Look Inside a Robin’s Nest” by Megan Cooley Peterson will give you all the information and pictures you need to see what really happens inside a robin’s nest.
• Do you ever look up at the clouds on a summer day and notice their shapes? Learn more about them in “Clouds” by Bill McAuliffe. Explore the different forms of clouds and how they develop.
• Gather your materials from a craft store and use “Making Kites” by David Michael to create your own kite. This step-by-step guide illustrates different types of kites while also showing the basics like tails and decorations.
• You don’t need binoculars to do your own bird-watching. All you need is patience and curiosity. “Look Up!” by Annette LeBlanc Cate is a guide to bird-watching in your own backyard. Lively illustrations accompany text that gives advice on noticing details, listening to songs, and even spotting habitats.
• Is that a flying car up in the sky? Enjoy a classic with Ian Fleming’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” a story of a marvelous automobile.
• Life on the moon is a snooze. At least it is until a top lunar scientist turns up dead. Twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson suspects foul play, but will anyone believe there is a moon maniac on the loose? Middle-schoolers will enjoy “Space Case” by Stuart Gibbs.
Laura Gardoski is head of youth services at the Abington Community Library.