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Annie and Snowball and the Book Bugs Club

Annie and Snowball and the Book Bugs Club

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Sucie Stevenson 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 2011   ISBN: 978-1416971993

It is summer and Annie and her cousin Henry are having a wonderful time playing outdoors. They ride their bikes, play Frisbee together, and climb trees. One day Annie finds out that the local library is hosting a Book Bugs Club, which Annie learns in the library’s summer book club for kids. Annie is eager to join, but Henry is not so sure. He likes to spend his summer days playing outside in the fresh air. Then Henry decides that it is “time to do an Annie-thing,” because Annie so often does things that Henry likes to do.

Annie and Henry soon discover that the Book Bugs Club is going to be a lot of fun. The librarian gives the children special notebooks and he invites the children to check out books that sound interesting. Soon Henry and Annie are reading their books in all kinds of places, outdoor kind of places. They read on the swing, they read in a tree, and they read in many other places that feel summery. Who knew that a summer book club could be so much fun?

In this beginner reader, Cynthia Rylant gives her audience a story that they will find accessible and entertaining. Annie and Henry have adventures that children can relate to, and they make little everyday discoveries that are memorable and often heartwarming.