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Hooked on Books – Joyful Books for June As Chosen By Joanne Sallay

The month of June is a cheerful time for students. After all, the countdown to the end of classes and the start of summer vacation is on. There is much for kids to celebrate and look forward to at this time of year. For some reading inspiration, tap into the excitement of Canada’s upcoming birthday bash, Father’s Day, and World Environment Day — to provide a few themes.

Here are three books for young readers to enjoy as they approach the end of school.

Moose, Goose, Animals on the Loose!

Written and Illustrated by Geraldo Valério
For ages: 2­–5

Canada’s 150th birthday is fast approaching. Build on the anticipation of next month’s milestone with this alphabet book featuring Canadian wildlife characters. Young readers will learn their ABCs with the help of animals from coast to coast, from A for Arctic Fox to Z for Grizzly Bear. As an added bonus, inquisitive readers will love the fun facts about their favourite creatures found at the end of the book.

It’s Great Being a Dad

Written by Dan Bar-el, Illustrated by Gina Perry
For ages: 4–8

If you’re searching for a new Father’s Day favourite, pick up a copy of this title. Even mythical creatures like a Loch Ness Monster, a fairy queen ballerina doctor, and a sneaky flying alligator pirate can use a hero, and dad is just the one to help in this charming picture book. This story is perfect for young readers with wild and creative imaginations.

This Book Stinks!
Gross Garbage, Rotten Rubbish, and the Science of Trash

Written by Sarah Wassner Flynn, Illustrated by National Geographic Kids
For ages: 8–12

While protecting our planet is a year-round goal, capture the spirit of World Environment Day on June 5th with this clever resource from National Geographic Kids. Read about the world of waste with tons of stinky statistics and stories that will be sure to educate and entertain students at the same time. It may also inspire some real change (with respect to rubbish) in every day routines. Warning: the kiddos may ask to take out the trash.

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