July 2017 Book List

Everyone knows that the Fourth of July is Independence Day, but did you know that July 17 is Global Hug Your Kid Day? Hug your kids and help them learn and grow by reading aloud every day this month. Here are some fun ideas for reading throughout July:

To celebrate Independence Day (July 4), try…

Corduroy’s Fourth of July by Don Freeman and Lisa McCue

Corduroy the bear and his fuzzy friends celebrate Independence Day by having a memorable day of music, picnics and fireworks!

Apple Pie Fourth of July by Janet S. Wong (Author), Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Illustrator)

A Chinese American girl doesn’t believe anyone will come eat Chinese food at her parents’ restaurant, especially on an all-American holiday like Independence Day. As the parade passes by the restaurant and the fireworks boom, she learns a valuable lesson.

The Night Before the Fourth of July by Natasha Wing (Author), Amy Wummer (Illustrator)

Hooray for the red, white and blue! It is the night before Independence Day, and a family gets ready for their own special celebration. This charming story features family, fun parties and, of course, fireworks — and highlights the excitement surrounding this holiday.

Celebrate Moon Day on July 20 with these books….

Hello, World! Solar System by Jill McDonald

Using colors, shapes, sizes and simple facts, this board book teaches babies and toddlers all about the sun, moon, stars and planets. With bright, fun illustrations and useful prompts for engaging with your child as you read together, this book is a great introduction to scientific concept for the littlest learners.

What’s Out There?: A Book about Space (Reading Railroad) by Lynn Wilson and Paige Billin-Frye

How — and why — does the moon change shape throughout the month? What is the sun made of? If your child has questions about space, this book is an excellent introduction to basic understanding about stars, moons, planets and more. Accompanied by beautiful collage illustrations.

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

In this fun story to celebrate Moon Day in a lighthearted way, a courageous little kitten embarks on an adventure to get to the big bowl of milk in the sky. Little does she know that what she really sees is a big, full moon! An exciting adventure that ends in a heartwarming way.

July 30 is the International Day of Friendship! Get together with friends and explore the many joys of friendship with these books….

A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan

There are all different kinds of friends! Some may be tall or short, some like to play sports, some like to be calm and quiet…. Celebrating diversity, this cheerful book focuses on how our differences make us interesting and special.

Margaret and Margarita / Margarita y Margaret by Lynn Reiser

Two special little girls play together. One speaks English and the other speaks Spanish. Do they let it get in the way of their fun? No! Told in both Spanish and English, this story shows that true friendship and fun blooms when two people are open to it.

Daniel’s New Friend (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) by Becky Friedman

Daniel visits Prince Wednesday’s castle for a play date. He has lots of fun with a unique little girl. When he notices that she has braces on her legs that help her walk, he realizes that doesn’t stop her from playing together and having lots in common.

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