I Just Finished Reading...Top Picks For June
Ages 5 - 8
Timo and his friends are planning a camping trip, but Timo is nervous! He has never been camping. Timo decides to get a book from the library to help him. But when Suki finds out that Timo did research she makes fun of him and calls him the "camp librarian". Timo is not having a good time because Suki is making fun of everyone's mistakes. Timo needs to stand up to Suki, but it is hard to stand up to your friends. This a great book about being brave - brave enough to go on a new adventure, and brave enough to tell your friends that their jokes hurtful.
By Vera Brosgol
Ages 8 - 12
Vera is feeling left out and does not seem to fit in anymore. Her friends are spending summer vacation at summer camps and Vera's mom cannot afford to send Vera and her brother. But Vera learns about a Russian camp called the Organization of Russian Razvedchiki that the church helps pay for. Before Vera knows it, it is next summer and her mom has her and her brother signed up for Russian Camp. Vera thinks she will fit right in, she is Russian after all. It turns out it is not as easy as it seems. This a funny graphic novel about accepting who you are and learning how to make real friends. Readers who enjoyed Raina Telgemeier's Smile with like this book too!
By Hope Larson
Ages 10 - 12
Bina and Austin have been best friends since they were babies. Bina has plans to beat their "summer fun index" this year, but Austin is heading to soccer camp. Bina is alone, bored and (worst of all) worried about her friendship with Austin! She is scared that they are growing apart - Bina is into music and plays guitar, while Austin is focused on soccer and acting weird. A lot happens during the summer and in this coming of age story we learn that friendships can survive the changes of growing pains.