Every day is a new holiday from the well-known holidays to the odd, funny, and wacky holidays. Try these read-alouds for June holidays. Read a book a day with the kids in your life.
Books for Kids About June Holidays
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June 1st: Dinosaur Day
Roar: A Dinosaur Tour by Michael Paul is a basic introduction to dinosaurs and some of their characteristics.
For more books about dinosaurs, check out these lists.
Dinosaur Books for Preschoolers
June 2nd: I Love My Dentist Day
I love William Steig’s books so I’m picking Doctor DeSoto. Doctor DeSoto is small in stature but works on creatures great and small. But, he doesn’t like to work on dangerous animals. But, when a fox begs relief, will Doctor DeSoto help him?
June 3rd: National Egg Day
Eggbert: The Slightly Cracked Egg by Tom Ross is the story of an egg that is asked to leave the refrigerator because it is cracked. As he makes his way out into the world, he paints himself to “fit in” with his new surroundings. However, he finds that he isn’t welcome in the new environments. Then, he really takes a look around and discovers that there are beautiful things on Earth that are cracked. He discovers that it’s ok to be cracked and begins to embrace who he is as an egg.
June 4th: National Prairie Day
Immerse yourself right in the prairie in Prairie Days by Patricia MacLachlan. A beautiful look at the landscape filled with sights, sounds, and doings.
June 5th: National Gingerbread Day
Children will have to solve the riddles in Catch That Cookie! by Hallie Durand to find the missing gingerbread man. Get ready to go all through the school. This is a fun one to set up your own runaway gingerbread cookie adventure.
For more gingerbread variation books, check out this list.—> Gingerbread Man Books
June 6th: National Eyewear Day
Arlo Needs Glasses by Barney Saltzberg is an interactive book about discovering your need for glasses all the way to picking out your favorite frames.
June 7th: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
Imagine being the king of an ice cream castle. Well, that’s just what the character in The Ice Cream King by Steve Metzger dreams about. But, the best thing about ice cream is getting two spoons and sharing with someone else.
June 8th: World Oceans Day
My Ocean is Blue by Darren Lebeuf shows us all the things that the ocean can be and teaches us about opposites too. Oceans can be shallow and deep. They can be dull and sparkly. There is just so much an ocean can be.
For more books about the oceans and the beach, check out this list.—> Books About the Ocean
June 9th: National Donald Duck Day
Since it’s National Donald Duck Day let’s go classic with a Little Golden Book while we are at it. There are many to choose from so check your parent’s or grandparent’s bookshelves.
If you need to get one from the library, you might check for Donald Duck’s Toy Sailboat.
June 10th: Maurice Sendak’s Birthday (Author)
In Where the Wild Things Are, Max is causing lots of mischief and is sent to his room without dinner. His imagination quickly sails him away to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king. A wild rumpus is had by all until Max sends all the wild things to bed. He then decides he misses home and sets sail to return. A warm dinner is awaiting his return.
June 11th: Family Fitness and Health Day
Join the animals in The More the Merrier by David Martin. Each one brings their own moves to the dance party and the kids and families will love moving and grooving with the animals.
June 12th: Little League Girls Baseball Day
Never let tell you can’t do something based on your gender. That’s the message takeaway in Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream by Crystal Hubbard. Make sure to check out the read-aloud on Storyline Online too.
June 13th: Roller Coaster Day
Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee showcases a small moment and uses lots of descriptive words to capture this thrill-seeking ride.
June 14th: Flag Day
F is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison looks at our flag, what it symbolizes, and how it is used in our country.
June 15th: Nature Photography Day
When I think of nature photography in children’s literature, I think of April Pulley Sayre. Her books are gorgeous. Enjoy the summery book Bloom Boom.
June 16th: Arborist Appreciation Day
Sometimes we lose trees to natural disasters. Big Tree Down! by Laurie Lawlor is the story of a community coming together to attend to a tree struck by lightning and the planting of a new sapling in its place.
June 17th: National Eat Your Vegetables Day
The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin is the story of growing a child embarrassed by the “ugly” Chinese vegetables growing in her garden compared to the flowers in the neighbors’ yards. But, her mother shows her that those vegetables make the most beautiful and tasty soup that even the neighbors enjoy. A recipe is included.
Enjoy these activities to go with The Ugly Vegetables too.—> The Ugly Vegetables Activities
June 18th: National Go Fishing Day
Do you love to fish? Well, Bear, Porcupine, and Otter do. But, Squirrel does not. Read We Love Fishing! by Ariel Bernstein to find out how this group’s fishing trip goes.
June 19th: Juneteenth and Father’s Day
The Juneteenth Story: Celebrating the End of Slavery in the United States by Alliah L. Agostini explains Juneteenth and traces the timeline of events that led to Juneteenth becoming a nationally celebrated holiday in 2021.
The Daddy Book by Todd Parr celebrates dads of all shapes and sizes. I love how inclusive this one is.
June 20th: World Refugee Day
Wishes by Mu’o’n Thi Van is a beautifully illustrated book about a family having to pack and leave in the middle of the night not knowing what lay ahead but wishing it will be better than how they are living now.
June 21st: Go Skateboarding Day
Kick Push by Frank Morrison is about a young boy who moves to a new neighborhood and is struggling to find a new skate crew. He tries to play more traditional sports to meet people, but they just aren’t for him. With encouragement from his dad, he keeps on being himself and in return meets his new crew.
June 22nd: World Rainforest Day
Sing your way through the rainforest in The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell. It is set to the tune, “The Green Grass Grew All Around.” The sidebars provide additional information about the rainforest including animal facts, plant information, and adaptations. Plus, there is a recipe for Rainforest Cookies.
For more books about the Rainforest, check out this list.—> Rainforest Books for Kids
June 23rd: National Typewriter Day
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin highlights that almost obsolete correspondence tool- the typewriter. The cows in the barn have some demands. Will the farmer oblige?
June 24th: National Food Truck Day
In Vamos Let’s Go Eat by Raul the Third, children will learn so much about different foods and pick up lots of words in Spanish. And, the illustrations will beg you to look long after you have finished the words. They are purely amazing!
June 25th: Leon Day
Leon is Noel spelled backward. Today marks the halfway mark to Christmas. So, let’s read a Christmas book today.
I Got the Christmas Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison walks you through the streets during the Christmas season. The sights and sounds can only fill you with spirit from the “jingle jingle” of the red kettlebell to the “fa la la” of Christmas carolers.
For more Christmas reads, check out this big list.—> Christmas Books for Kids
June 26th: National Canoe Day
Travel north to the Boundary Waters on the Minnesota-Canada border in One Summer Up North by John Owens. This wordless picture book plops you right in the canoe to explore the wildlife and beauty of nature with a family on a camping trip.
June 27th: National Sunglasses Day
Don your sunglasses with Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by the Deans and your mood will immediately lift.
June 28th: International Lightning Safety Day
When the Storm Comes by Linda Ashman walks us through the preparations that animals and people take before a thunderstorm rolls in.
For more books about the weather, see my big list.—> Books About Weather for Kids
June 29th: International Mud Day
Lots of young children enjoy playing in spring puddles or squishy mud. Mud by Mary Lyn Ray celebrates the ooey gooey and gloppy mixture that many little ones love to cover every inch of themselves in on a summer day.
June 30th: National Meteor Watch Day
Meteor was Patricia Polacco’s first children’s book and is based on a true story. A meteor actually landed in the Michigan town where she lived! This funny story captures the magic that captivated the town over this event.
Printable List of June Holiday Books
Grab a printable list of the books to enjoy with the kids.
Enjoy reading all month long.
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