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Open Up Your Summer

To begin Connect Your Summer this year, you will receive a StoryBox. After that, it's up to you. Below are a few books to help you think about what exactly you might do with that box.

When a girl receives a beautiful porcelain box from her grandmother, she immediately wants something special to put inside it. What does she love best? She loves jumping in puddles on rainy days, blowing bubbles in the park, and watching her little sister's first steps. Life's most precious treasures cannot be contained in a box! Features a sparkly die-cut star on the cover, and flaps throughout reveal hidden surprises.

What to do with a box by Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen poetically reminds young readers that a simple box can be a child's most imaginative plaything as artist Chris Sheban illustrates its myriad and magical uses.

When her friend Simon moves away, Isabel, the girl with the parrot on her head, is upset until she meets a new friend named Chester.

Mr. Cornell's dream boxes by Jeanette Winter

Discusses how the American artist Joseph Cornell created his shadow boxes, art works filled with random objects that he found on his walks throughout New York City.

Not a box by Antoinette Portis

To an imaginative little bunny, a box is not always just a box.

When this box is full by Patricia Lillie

Each month a child adds something to an empty box, including a red foil heart in February and toasted pumpkin seeds in October.

My book box by Will Hillenbrand

A determined elephant creates his own book box and discovers all the magic and fun of books and reading.

When Beatrix Potter was a young girl, she was given her mother's paint box.

Big friends by Linda Sarah

Best friends Etho and Birt love going up Sudden Hill and sitting in simple cardboard boxes imagining they are kings, soldiers, astronauts, or pirates until Shu asks to join them, and their "two-by-two rhythm" is disturbed.

The memory box by Mary Bahr

When Gramps realizes he has Alzheimer's disease, he starts a memory box with his grandson, Zach, to keep memories of all the times they have shared.

Provides instructions for a variety of craft projects using cardboard boxes.

Box by Min Flyte

A group of toddlers imagine all the adventures they could go on using boxes.

The nowhere box by Sam Zuppardi

Frustrated by little brothers who follow him everywhere and wreck his toys and games, George commandeers an empty washing machine box for an imaginative escape that is free of pirates, dragons, and bothersome younger siblings.

The kiss box by Bonnie Verburg

As they prepare for a short separation, Mama Bear and Little Bear find a way to reassure each other while they are apart.

The treasure box by Margaret Wild

When war forces people to flee their homes, young refugee Peter carries a cherished family possession throughout a difficult period of survival before reflecting on its importance years later.