Saturday, June 1, 2013

Top 10 Books for June


For this month I decided to create my Top 10 based on the end of school and the start of summer. Some of you are already on summer break, but many of us are just winding down our school year. Hopefully there will be something new on this list for you to read to your kiddos during the last few weeks.



Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg is a hilarious book about Mrs. Hartwells' students and their concern about her summer. They think that because it is the end of the school year she won't have anything to do. If only the students could see the teacher conga line as the last bus leaves the school, they would realize that Mrs Hartwell, and all the other teachers, are just like them, looking forward to some fun in the sun!











Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate is a wonderful end of the year book. Your students will have so many connections to the students in the story, like helping to clean the room, getting certificates for a job well done and the end of the year celebration they have. If you don't have this book, it is a definite must have for your library.              









This book The Last Day of Kindergarten by Nancy Loewen is a super cute book about a little girl that is so sad that the school year is over. She wishes it was the first day of school all over again. She wishes for the excitement she felt when school started. She soon realizes that her kindergarten graduation and starting first grade is going to be just as exciting as the first day of kindergarten.







The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Spring into Summer is a fun book to introduce the change from spring to summer - as well as fall to winter. The book shows how temperature affects season changes and introduces young readers to life cycles and the changes animals make during these seasons. This book can get your kiddos excited about being outside this summer looking for signs of summer.


Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee is about a little girl that entertains herself during a beautiful summer day. She cools off with lemonade, gets wet in a pool and goes in search of butterflies. During the summer night she hears all the summer sounds, making her fall fast asleep, dreaming of what she will do tomorrow.








My blogging friend Kathleen Wainright has written her first book Summer in the City which is a WONDERFUL book. It shows what summer was all about in the city "back in the day". The illustrations are so vibrant and amazing, your students will get super excited for summer after reading this story.










Summer - An Alphabet Acrostic book by Steven Schmur has 26 poems - each starting with a different  letter of the alphabet - that describe all the wonderful things about summer. There are poems about butterflies, picnics, watermelon, lemonade and sandy beaches. A great book to get you in the mood for all things summer!










If you liked the book The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, you will love The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson.  This story still has the six Herdman children causing all sorts of trouble for the kids in school. But when the children are given an assignment to come up with compliments for each of their classmates, including the Herdmans, they find that the Herdmans might not be as bad as they behave. A fun read aloud that helps wrap us the school year on a positive note.








If you are a Natasha Wing fan, then you will not be disappointed with this book The Night Before Summer Vacation. The story is written in perfect Clement Moore's classic style about a family trying to pack everything they need for their summer vacation. This is a very fun read aloud because of its perfect rhythm.









The Summer Solstice by Ellen Jackson is a great book to introduce your students to what the summer solstice is. It starts at the beginning when summer solstice started and why it is celebrated. The perfect book to start the summer.





Enjoy your summer!!













16 comments :

  1. LOVE this list. You might want to add Last Day, Hooray by Nancy Poydar. I use that book every year for Move Up Day and right before my third graders leave for the summer. I love your resources and appreciate your sharing. We don't get out till June 27, so your books will be used. Happy summer!

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    1. Thanks Robin, I totally forgot about that book! Thank you for your great comment, you made my day. Enjoy your last few weeks of school!
      Shawna

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  2. This is a great list! There are several books on your list that I am unfamiliar with and that look really good-thanks!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. Good morning Lori,
      A couple of these books were new to me too, but that is why I love what I do! I love finding new things, especially books to make teaching fun :)
      Enjoy your weekend!
      Shawna

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  3. Thanks for the book list - love finding new books or being reminded of books that have slipped my mind.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

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    1. We seem to collect so many books that it is easy to forget about some of them. I hope you can find those books to share with your kiddos!
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
      Shawna

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  4. Thanks for the list...I have many of these but actually forgot about them! I will be pulling out the acrostic poem book next week.

    Kheila
    Two Friends In First

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    1. Hey Kheila,
      I am glad I could help remind you of them. I know your kids will love that acrostic poem book, it really is great!!
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
      Shawna

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  5. Thanks for sharing the list! I will have to check out some of these books! I am having a “Tour My Blog” linky party...stop by and link up! It is a great way for bloggers and their viewers to learn about your blog! I would love for you to join me!

    Brigid
    Bits of First Grade

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    1. Hey Brigid,
      I love the "Tour My Blog" idea. I will have to see what I can do to join.
      Shawna

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  6. My kiddies also love No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks! by Diane deGroat Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm also going to show/mention your site at my summer in-service in a couple weeks. My library gals will love you!
    http://mrsbrownthebookworm.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hey Sara,
      I will have to look for that book, I am not familiar with it. I hope your library gals find my blog and the info on it helpful, that would make me so happy :)
      Shawna

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  7. It would be sweet if one of our books made it on your list. We have three children's storybooks. Info at www.dcrushbooks.com

    http://dcrushbooks.blogspot.com/

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  8. Such a great list! Lots of books on here that are new to me. I love finding new books. :) Lattes and Laughter

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