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[Grades PK-K] Great Books to Read in July

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Holidays Observances are magnets that attract kids to books and reading. July comes with special holidays that kids love, including Independence Day (July 4th), World UFO Day (July 2nd), International Kissing Day (July 6th), Chocolate Day (July 7th), Tell the Truth Day (July 7th), I Love Horses Day (July 15th), Disneyland’s Anniversary (July 17th), and Moon Day (July 20th). Let’s fill this summer with tons and tons of books.

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  • Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream

    Rob Scotton

    Paperback (HarperCollins, April 21, 2015)
    Join Splat and his class on a field trip to an ice cream factory in this delectable I Can Read book from New York Times bestselling author-artist Rob Scotton. Splat can barely sit still during the bus ride. He's imagining the mountain of ice cream he thinks he'll get to eat! But when Splat gets there, that mountain becomes more of an avalanche. It's up to Splat and his classmates to save the day!Beginning readers will practice the –eam sound in this easy-to-read addition to the Splat series. Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.
  • Independence Day

    Trudi Strain Trueit

    Paperback (Children's Press, Sept. 1, 2006)
    An introduction to Independence Day for the youngest readers.This fact-filled Rookie Read-About Holiday book introduces the youngest readers (Ages 3-6) to Independence Day. Colorful photos and very simple nonfiction text encourage children to read on their own as they take an in-depth look at traditions and festivities on the Fourth of July.
  • Ultimate Sticker Puzzles: License Plates Across the States: Travel Puzzles and Games

    Tony Tallarico

    Paperback (Price Stern Sloan, April 21, 2005)
    This fantastic activity book is chock-full of mazes, puzzles, word searches, word scrambles, trivia, and travel games all about the 50 states! And you can use the cool, full-color license plate stickers to play the "license plate game" on the fun United States map that spans the center spread.
  • Journey

    Aaron Becker

    Hardcover (Candlewick, Aug. 6, 2013)
    A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship.A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire? With supple line, luminous color, and nimble flights of fancy, author-illustrator Aaron Becker launches an ordinary child on an extraordinary journey toward her greatest and most exciting adventure of all.
  • Chalk

    Bill Thomson

    Hardcover (Two Lions, March 1, 2010)
    Three children discover a magical bag of chalk on a rainy day
  • A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog

    Mercer Mayer

    Hardcover (Dial Books, June 2, 2003)
    A boy and his dog go walking in the swamp.They spot a frog in the water.Can they use a net to catch him?
  • Just a Bad Day

    Mercer Mayer

    Hardcover (Golden Books, July 2, 2019)
    Oh, no! Little Critter is having a really bad day in this classic Little Golden Book!Little Critter is not happy. What could be worse than being stuck inside on a rainy day? Boys and girls ages 2 to 5 will enjoy this humorous full-color Little Golden Book about a day that starts out bad but has a happy ending!
  • Fourth of July Mice!

    Bethany Roberts, Doug Cushman

    Paperback (Clarion Books, June 3, 2014)
    “A light, rhymed romp through the holiday.”—Publishers Weekly Hooray! It's the Fourth of July, and the parade is ready to start! The Holiday Mice lead the way to a day full of nonstop fun, including a picnic, a baseball game, a sack race, and a splashy-sploshy dip in the stream. The best part comes at the end of the day when fireworks go BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Level 1 beginners will delight in the wordplay, rhyme, and repetition. Three cheers for the red, white, and blue!
  • Biscuit's Fourth of July

    Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Pat Schories, Mary O'Keefe Young

    Paperback (HarperFestival, May 24, 2005)
    Biscuit celebrates America's birthday. There's a parade and fireworks to watch, and lots of treats to share with friends and family. Unfold the flaps to see what surprises are in store this Fourth of July.
  • F Is for Flag

    Wendy Cheyette Lewison, Barbara Duke

    Paperback (Grosset & Dunlap, April 15, 2002)
    June 14 is Flag Day, but with so many American flags proudly displayed, every day seems like Flag Day. Perfect for reading together with a young child, F Is for Flag shows in simple terms how one flag can mean many things: a symbol of unity, a sign of welcome, and a reminder that-in good times and in bad-everyone in our country is part of one great big family.
  • Hats off for the Fourth of July

    Harriet Ziefert, Gus Miller

    Hardcover (Viking Juvenile, May 1, 2000)
    Follow this small town parade to fun, with music, cowboys on horseback, the fire engines, and when the parade is finished, a surprise spectacle in the sky.
  • Corduroy's Fourth of July

    Don Freeman, Lisa McCue

    Board book (Viking Books for Young Readers, May 17, 2007)
    Celebrate Corduroy’s 50th anniversary with a board book adventure! Today is the 4th of July, and Corduroy and his friends are having a fun-filled picnic. They eat tasty treats and play games in the hot summer sun. Then it’s time to cool down with a dip in the pool. Next they take part in an Independence Day parade! Scruffy Pup bangs the drum, Checkerboard Bunny plays the flute, and Corduroy carries the American flag. Once it’s dark outside, the friends gather to watch an amazing fireworks display. This sturdy, brightly colored shaped board book is perfect for the youngest fans of Corduroy, one of the best-loved characters in children’s books for the past 50 years.
  • A Is for America

    Greg Paprocki

    Board book (Gibbs Smith, June 4, 2019)
    Help your toddler learn all about America with this fun alphabet primer featuring themes from American history. An engaging collection of 26 illustrations featuring more than just fireworks, parades, and the American flag. Also includes iconic moments from American history. Illustrator Greg Paprocki’s popular BabyLit alphabet board books feature his classically retro midcentury art style that’s proven to be a hit with both toddlers and adults. Have fun discovering new details in each illustration with every successive reading. Greg Paprocki works full-time as an illustrator and book designer. He has illustrated several Curious George books, as well as previous books in the Little Leonardo series, the BabyLit alphabet book series, and The Big Book of Superheroes for Gibbs Smith. His Gibbs Smith titles have sold nearly 200,000 copies. Residence: Lincoln, NE.
  • What Is America?

    Michelle Medlock Adams, Amy Wummer

    Board book (WorthyKids, April 23, 2019)
    Little learners can discover the symbols, values, and beliefs that make America so great with this patriotic follow-up to best-selling board books What Is Christmas? and What Is Easter?In this engaging look at America, Michelle Medlock Adams introduces little ones to the beliefs and ideals that make America unique. Heartfelt and humorous questions ponder all of the things that America might be about-the flag, the Fourth of July, the Statue of Liberty. Readers quickly learn that America is about more than symbols and monuments. It's a land of freedom and democracy where dreams come true. Whimsical artwork and rhyming verse will capture children's imaginations as they explore what America means to them.
  • Parade Colors

    Barbara Barbieri McGrath, Peggy Tagel

    Board book (Charlesbridge, May 2, 2017)
    Strike up the band!This upbeat and cheerful celebration for baby’s first patriotic holidays introduces a variety of colors as readers encounter Uncle Sam, parade floats, and the American flag.
  • Wow! America!

    Robert Neubecker

    Hardcover (Hyperion Books for Children, May 2, 2006)
    An exuberant introduction to the wonders of our country shows Izzy and her little sister Jo rowing down the Mississippi, eating pies at the Kentucky State Fair, marveling at Niagara Falls and the California sequoias, and much more.
  • America the Beautiful

    Katharine Lee Bates, Chris Gall

    Paperback (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, June 1, 2010)
    From his unique perspective as the great, great grandnephew of "America the Beautiful" writer, Katharine Lee Bates, Chris Gall transforms this beloved patriotic song into monumental works of art--from purple mountain majesties to gleaming alabaster cities. Honoring his ancestry and national pride, Gall pairs the beautiful lyrics with striking illustrations of notable American images such as Pike's Peak, the Tuskgee Airmen, and firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero.

    Martin Jarrie

    Hardcover (Sterling, April 1, 2005)
    An American classic is born! Breathtaking folk art-style illustrations that are ageless as well as timeless capture the culture, history, and heritage of the United States--from A to Z. It's a high-quality, exquisite tribute to America.With beautiful pictures that echo the artistic legacy of generations of American painters, award-winning artist Martin Jarrie has created a unique volume that everyone will cherish. It's suitable for little ones learning their ABCs, slightly older kids who want to find out more about their country's symbols, and grownups who appreciate fine art. Best of all, it truly goes to the heart of the American spirit in all its diversity and depth. Here are treasured landmarks, significant events that shaped the nation's development, and also the flora, fauna, and fun things so dear to our hearts. A is for alligator, and B is for baseball--and the image shows a great big mitt, a player at bat, and a pitcher winding up. G is for the Grand Canyon, portrayed in deep, earthy colors topped by a violet sky. H is for Hollywood, depicted in a witty montage. P features Pilgrims, R has a Rodeo, and U reminds us of the Underground Railroad. At the book's end, two spreads with thumbnail versions of every picture provide additional background information. No other American-themed ABC is its equal.
  • Ask Me

    Bernard Waber, Suzy Lee

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, July 14, 2015)
    Ask me what I like?What do you like?A father and daughter walk through their neighborhood, brimming with questions as they explore their world. With so many things to enjoy, and so many ways to ask—and talk—about them, it's a snapshot of an ordinary day in a world that's anything but. This story is a heartwarming and inviting picture book with a tenderly written story by Bernard Waber and glorious illustrations by Suzy Lee.
  • Sharks

    Tedd Arnold

    Library Binding (Turtleback, April 30, 2013)
    Fly Guy is buzzzzing on over to the nonfiction genre! Award-winning author/illustrator Tedd Arnold brings nonfiction to life with the help of his very popular main character, Fly Guy! This engaging nonfiction reader combines the kid-friendly humor of Fly Guy with the high-interest topic of sharks! Fly Guy and Buzz introduce young readers to sharks with straightforward fun facts, humorous asides, and full-bleed photographs throughout. Turtleback binding is a highly durable alternative to a hardcover or paperback book. The comprehensive cover reinforcement process will drastically combat wear and tear, keeping your favorite books in great condition for years to come! Turtleback books are ideal for any reader, or for use in schools or libraries.
  • My Little Golden Book About George Washington

    Lori Haskins Houran, Viviana Garofoli

    Hardcover (Golden Books, Nov. 1, 2016)
    George Washington comes alive for preschoolers in this all-American Little Golden Book! Bright, appealing artwork and simple words introduce the youngest readers to our first president with engaging anecdotes, beginning with how young George liked to study and ride his horse. Fun facts at the end—such as that Washington’s image can be found on our dollar bill, our postage stamps, and on Mount Rushmore—round out this charming Little Golden Book.And look for: My Little Golden Book About Abraham Lincoln.