HOOKED ON BOOKS – End the School Year and Start the Summer with Great Reads! by Joanne Sallay #TeachMeTuesday

The start of June signifies the school year coming to a close. Students are getting ready to leave the classroom behind while parents are searching for ways to keep their children engaged. There are countless opportunities for learning with books kids will want to read.

Here are three recommendations perfect for the end-of-school transition:

Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad


Written and Illustrated by Ron Lightburn

For ages: 4-8

Most of us are familiar with Frankenstein, but what about Frankenstink? This adventure follows a young boy ignoring his growing garbage collection. With comic book style pictures, rhyming narrative and a glow-in-the-dark cover, it’s one exciting read. (And this is no easy feat considering the topic is trash!) Young readers will understand the importance of the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This picture book is just in time for World Environment Day on June 5th. Warning: kids might ask to clean up their rooms!

Dustbin Dad


Written by Peter Bently, Illustrated by Russell Ayto

For ages: 6+

Looking for a funny tale to celebrate Father’s Day? This story is all about dad, who in this case is affectionately nicknamed Dustbin. He loves to eat everything in sight. So much so that he mistakenly chows down on the cat food. That’s where the fun in this picture book begins. With rhyming text, and humourous illustrations, Dustbin Dad will have the family purring with laughter. We can all relate – who doesn’t have a “dustbin” in their family?


An Armadillo in Paris

An Armadillo in Paris

Written and Illustrated by Julie Kraulis

For ages: 5-9

Looking to show your little learners the world without booking a plane ticket? In this creative tale, children will learn about the city of lights through the eyes of Arlo. Equipped with his grandfather’s, Augustin, travel journal, this armadillo is ready for his first adventure. The passages are filled with clues to find his grandfather’s favourite thing – the Iron Lady. In this scavenger hunt across Paris, the reader will visit famous landmarks and learn all about the history and culture. A must-read for students interested to explore the world. Bon voyage!


Joanne - Professional PicJoanne Sallay is a Director at Teachers on Call, a personalized home tutoring service with over 30 years of experience, providing one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades. Visit Teachers on Call at www.teachersoncall.ca

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