This time of year, things are heating up, it’s scorching, and we’re wishing for a world with “Water, Water Everywhere.” Submerge yourself in Newsbee’s July Picks. They’ll float your boat on hot summer days — dip into 1, 2 or 3. You can find Book Buzz titles, past and present, at Washington Public and Scenic Regional Library, totally cool places, and at Neighborhood Reads Bookstore.

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The seashore has never looked more splendid than in “Ocean and Sky,” an artistically beautiful read by the Fan brothers, Eric and Terry. They’ll stir your imagination with their tale of Finn and his grandfather.

“Finn lived by the sea, and the sea lived by him,” the book begins, as the boy gazes mesmerized by the ocean outside his bedroom window thinking about his grandfather and how much he loved sailing. His grandfather would have been 90, and Finn misses him “so to honor him, Finn builds a boat.”

The vessel takes the boy on a fantastical journey where animal shapes and other objects are illuminated in the clouds and sea creatures frolic in the briny deep. Finn seeks the place where “ocean meets sky,” and a “great golden fish” offers to show him the spot, the origin of his grandfather’s stories. Wonders are revealed, as well as a surprise, the boy’s heart’s desire. Dreamy illustrations will make readers envious of the boy’s journey.

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Oh the allure of a rippling stream — skipping rocks, nabbing crawdads, and diverting a creek’s flow with rocks. “Creekfinding, A True Story,” by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, will have you pining for all the fun a creek provides.

This factual tale is told in short passages, questions and answers providing the key to how a creek in Iowa disappeared. A farmer wanted more land to plant, covering over “a spring that burbled out of the ground and rumbled itself across a prairie valley.”

Woodblock prints by Claudia McGehee are the perfect accompaniment to this story, text and illustrations taking us through the stages of bringing the creek back to life — a project a man named Mike undertook, as he marked the creek’s path calling in heavy machinery to excavate the land and find “the old stream.”

Mike painstakingly worked to help the creek support new life because “. . . a creek isn’t just water.” With patience, passion and prayer, the process paid off, in this environmental story of hope and the tenacity of spirit.

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In the beginning of “Bob,” by Wendy Moss and Rebecca Stead, 10-year-old Livy isn’t sure she’s going to like staying with her grandmother in Australia. The area is in a severe drought, and Livy has little memory of her last visit to Gran’s. Livy was only 5 at the time.

Told in alternating chapters, Livy and Bob, a creature dressed in a chicken suit, relate their weird and wonderful story.

When Livy gets to Gran’s house, a visit upstairs to her old room reawakens some memories for her, as well as a foggy recollection of an unusual chicken, which Livy kind of blows off, until she opens her closet door and finds Bob perched inside on a dictionary.

The unusual creature reintroduces himself and the tale is off and running as readers try to decipher clues that explain what the heck Bob is — something the little fellow has no idea about either.

Pay attention as the author drops hints about wells and rain, and just go with the flow because this clever read will keep you guessing until the end, when it finally rains cats and dogs, Bob being the cause of the colossal cloudburst.