Here it is… the June Must Read List! As the school year comes to an end and summer adventures await, this list of must reads offers a variety of exciting and interesting stories that will ignite imagination, foster a love for reading, and encourage continued learning. The list covers a wide range of topics for all ages, so there is something for everyone to read during their summer literary journey!

Bikes by Tessa Kenan

Bikes is an informative book designed for emergent readers, focusing on the use of bicycles as a mode of transportation. The book uses high-frequency words, repetitive sentence patterns, and visual references to support reading success and avoid overwhelming young readers. With teacher tools and introductory nonfiction features like labels, table of contents, words to know, and an index, Bikes provides an educational reading experience for young learners. What a great read for World Bicycle Day!

Topic: World Bicycle Day

Publisher: Jump!, Inc.

Recommended Age(s): 3-6 years

Recommended Grade Level(s): PK

Summer by Mari Schuh

Discover the fascinating changes in nature’s seasons with this book from Amicus Publishing. This leveled text features vivid photographs, and an interactive search and find feature that keep young readers engaged. Readers will also learn more about the the behavior of animals, plants, and weather in the summer season. Be sure to read this on June 21, the first day of summer!

Topic: First Day of Summer

Publisher: Amicus Publishing

Recommended Age(s): 4-8 years

Recommended Grade Level(s): PK-3

Achoo! Why Pollen Counts by Shennen Bersani

In Achoo! Why Pollen Counts, Baby Bear discovers the challenges of dealing with his allergies during springtime. As he wishes for the pollen to disappear, his friends teach him about the crucial role pollen plays in the forest ecosystem, serving as a vital food source for various animals, including himself. Through this story, readers learn about the importance of pollen and why we cannot live without it.

Topic: Pollinator Week

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing

Recommended Age(s): 7-8 years

Recommended Grade Level(s): 2-3

Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian) & German

The Powerful Ocean by Shelly C. Buchanan

With purposefully leveled text, hands-on experiments, and vibrant images, students can explore ocean topics, including underwater land features, currents, and more in The Powerful Ocean. Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, this engaging text supports STEM education. Important text features like a glossary and index further develop students’ close reading skills, making it a valuable resource for building both science content knowledge and literacy skills.

Topic: World Oceans Day

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

Recommended Age(s): 8-13 years

Recommended Grade Level(s): 4-7

Languages: English & Spanish

Helen Keller: A New Vision by Tamara Hollingsworth

Immerse yourself in the inspiring biography of Helen Keller, where readers will witness her unwavering determination as a young deaf and blind girl. Through expressive images and informative text, discover how her teacher, Anne Sullivan, guided Helen to triumph over obstacles, learn to read, write, speak, and ultimately graduate from college. With valuable resources like a timeline, bibliography, and glossary, this book provides a comprehensive exploration of Helen Keller’s extraordinary life. What a great read for Helen Keller’s birthday on June 27th!

Topic: Helen Keller Day

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

Recommended Age(s): 7-8 years

Recommended Grade Level(s): 2-3

Languages: English & Spanish

Exploring the Solar System by Amanda Doering Tourville

Discover the fascinating interplay of physics, math, and science in understanding our solar system and beyond. This engaging exploration not only teaches readers about the intricate workings of our celestial neighborhood but also highlights its relevance to World Asteroid Day. By delving into the dynamics of asteroids and their potential impact on Earth, this book underscores the importance of scientific knowledge and collaboration in safeguarding our planet.

Topic: World Asteroid Day

Publisher: Rourke Educational Media

Recommended Age(s): 9-13 years

Recommended Grade Level(s): 4-8

Languages: English & Spanish

Aliens by Ruth Owen

Looking for something to do this summer? How about a craft? Get ready to embark on an extraterrestrial crafting adventure with aliens. Discover how to make a costume, bake delightful treats, design captivating decorations, and create engaging crafts that will bring outer space to life.

Topic: High Interest: Summer Activity

Publisher: Bearport Publishing

Recommended Age(s): 8 years

Recommended Grade Level(s): 3

Hang Ten! Surfing by Christine Dugan

Get readers ready to explore the exciting world of surfing with this engaging nonfiction reader. Readers will discover the history of surfing, surfing culture, and essential equipment, while also learning important safety tips to have a fun and secure experience in the water. With vibrant images, informative text, and helpful features like a glossary and index, this book is a must-read for surfers of all levels, or those just interested in the sport!

Topic: International Surfing Day

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

Recommended Age(s): 7-12 years

Recommended Grade Level(s): 3-6

Terror in the Tropics by Timothy J. Bradley

Terrifying Tropics: Exploring Deadly Plants and Animals is an engaging nonfiction book. Through vivid images, informative text, and captivating facts, students will learn about the fascinating and dangerous plants and animals found in the tropics. The book also includes useful text features like a table of contents, glossary, and index, as well as additional resources for further learning.

Topic: International Day of the Tropics

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

Recommended Age(s): 9-13 years

Recommended Grade Level(s): 4-7

Power On! Life-Changing Technology by Eleanor Cardell

Flash Points: Power On! is a book that explores the evolution of technology through key historical moments, such as Alexander Graham Bell’s first telephone call and the rise of arcade games. It dives into how these pivotal events have shaped our society and led to our growing reliance on technology. Students looking to gain insights into the history of technology and its impact on our lives would find this book an engaging and informative summer read.

Topic: High Interest: Summer Learning

Publisher: Full tilt Press

Recommended Age(s): 10-15 years

Recommended Grade Level(s): 5-8

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