Summer is here and that means summer reading! Dig out the books and get to reading with your children. Most of us have either finished school and are on break or have relaxed our schedule which means that there’s more time to lay a blanket outside and read together as a family! Here is a great list summer reading book ideas, starting with children’s books to read in June, including books about summer, Father’s Day, and Juneteenth!
Children’s books about summer
The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer by Davide Cali
What happened over summer break? One curious teacher wants to know! Follow along in The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer as a day at the beach turns into a bigger and grander adventure that just might be true!
The Little Blue Cottage by Kelly Jordan
Each year the little blue cottage waits for summer and the little girl to weather the sunshine and storms with it. As days turn into months and months into years, the little blue cottage is left waiting. In this story about change, Kelly Jordan perfectly captures the essence of a favorite place that all readers will connect with.
Sea Glass Summer by Michelle Houts
One summer, Thomas visits his grandma at her seaside cottage. He spends his days with a magnifying glass that belonged to his grandfather, exploring the mysteries of the seaside. One day, Thomas’s grandmother shows him a piece of sea glass. That night, Thomas dreams of the sea glass and a bottle shattering. Could the piece of sea glass his grandmother showed him have come from the very bottle in his dreams? Thomas spends the rest of the summer looking for more sea glass and hoping to discover more secrets of the sea in this ode to imagining the possibilities in every hidden treasure.
Children’s books for Father’s Day
Why a Daughter Needs a Dad by Gregory Lang
This book is a part of Gregory Lang’s New York Times Bestselling series! This book makes the perfect gift for any father/daughter duo, showcasing just some of the many reasons a daughter needs a dad in her life! Featuring catchy rhymes and beautiful animalillustrations, Why a Daughter Needs a Dad is the perfect book to help daughters and dads connect.
Why a Son Needs a Dad by Gregory Lang
Like Why a Daughter Needs a Dad, this next book is Gregory Lang’s bestselling series shares touching moments between afather and son, depicting not all, but some of the reasons a son needs a dad. This picture book is filled with heartwarming rhymes and beautiful pictures illustrating how a father helps a son grow.
Papa, Please Get Me the Moon by Eric Carle
This classic book by Eric Carle has won the heart of millions of children. Monica wants to play with the moon but finds she cannot reach it. Wanting to make his daughter happy, Monica’s father tries to bring the moon to her. Children will love literally watching these pages literally unfold outward and upward right before their eyes!
Children’s books about Juneteenth
All Different Now: The First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson
Told in Angela Johnson’s signature poetic verse through the eyes of a little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day the last slaves were emancipated in the South. This book also includes notes from both the author and illustrator, a timeline of important events, as well as a glossary of terms pertaining to the story.
Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
Listen to the story about a young girl named Mazie as she and her father about the meaning of Juneteenth. Father and daughter discuss the hardships their ancestors endured in the time leading up to the emancipation of slaves.
Juneteenth by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Drew Nelson
Juneteenth depicts what June 19, 1865 looked like in Texas. Portrayed in easy to understand bits of information, Juneteenth helps children understand the history and importance behind the holiday.
Summer Reading Book Ideas for June
What books would you add to this list? What are your favorite books about summer, Father’s Day, and Juneteenth? Let us know in the comments or in my online homeschool community! Don’t forget to grab your free copy of my Summer Reading Challenge printable, too!
Want even more reading resources? Check out my post below for my ultimate list!