Summer is here, and it’s a great time to read! Whether you’re at a picnic, relaxing at the beach, or taking a summer road trip, toddlers love to browse colorful picture books to pass the time.

Random House Kids has a fabulous New York Times bestselling series starring Duck and Goose, 2 honkin’ quackin’ good friends. With over a dozen books in the series, you can follow adorable feathered friends Duck and Goose as they deal with a variety of toddler-friendly situations, celebrate holidays, and even go to the beach! Here are just a few books:

Duck & Goose Go to the Beach

In this delightful follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Duck & Goose and Duck, Duck, Goose, Duck wants to go on an adventure. Goose doesn’t. He doesn’t see the point. After all, why would they go anywhere when they’re happy right where they are? But then Goose sees the ocean and loves it. Who doesn’t? Well, Duck, for one! This is the perfect book for kids who are nervous about trying something new.

Duck, Duck, Goose

Duck and Goose, Goose and Duck. Feathered friends forever . . . or are they? In this charming and hilarious follow-up to the bestselling Duck & Goose, there’s a challenge to their friendship: a little whippersnapper of a duck named Thistle. Thistle’s good at everything (or so she thinks), from math to holding her breath to standing on her head. Duck thinks she’s fantastic! But Goose does not. And so Goose is faced with a problem close to the hearts of children everywhere: what happens when your best friend makes a new friend?

What’s Up, Duck?

Little siblings of Duck and Goose fans rejoice! The stars of the bestselling Duck & Goose and Duck, Duck, Goose return in this board book for preschoolers, this time to introduce opposites. In this ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book, Goose carries an oh-so-heavy log, while Duck easily balances a light-as-a-feather feather. Thistle is a fast bird, but Goose is sloooow. And when Duck is sound asleep, Goose is wide awake. With simple text and colorful illustrations—plus the inimitable characters, of course—here’s a wonderful and humorous introduction to an important concept.

These books have been kid-, parent-, teacher-, and librarian-tested to make the perfect gifts. And once you’re done reading, you can go online for printable Duck and Goose activities. Throw a party, make a mask, make finger puppets, and more!

We adore these books and encourage you to purchase them today, and make sure to follow Random House Kids on Facebook and Twitter.

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