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Weekend Links: Books, Observances and Activities that help us love June

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So much going on in June! Festivities! Planting! Reading! Acknowledging! Listening! This sixth month of 2018 is filled with so much book-related goodness that I’m not sure I can cram it all into one blog post. Here are some highlights to check out during the merry month of June.

June is #ImmigrantHeritageMonth and here are Kidlit books that Celebrate Immigrants

Svenja at Colours of Us has a 30 Multicultural Picture Booklist about Immigration

picture books about immigration

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, the #ImmigrantStory of the #chef who came to America from #Seoul as a child to #Koreatown in Los Angeles and later kickstarted the national #FoodTruck movement by putting serving #KoreanBBQ in a #Taco, a brilliant #CulinaryRemix that reflects the #NewAmericanCuisine as well as the #NewAmerica

Literati Books has The 10 Best Children’s Books That Celebrate Immigration

picture books about immigration

June Is Audiobook Month

June is National #AudiobookMonth and there are lots of reasons to celebrate audiobooks! Here are a few of JIAB’s recommends:

Donna Getzinger Driver’s award-winning middle-grade novel, No One Needed to Know, about the challenges and responsibilities of having an older autistic brother is now available as an audiobook! Learn more at

Fun, Fresh, and AUDIBLE Audio Books for #AudioBookMonth

Check out these Readers To Eaters #audiobooks from Live Oak Media:

• Sylvia’s Spinach (new in audiobook this spring!)
• Zora’s Zucchini (new in paperback)

• Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious (with Afterword read by Alice Waters)
• Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table (with Afterword read by Will Allen )

Find more of my audiobook picks, along with some great audiobook resources for tweens and teens, in my blog post HERE.

June 8th was World Oceans Day, but we should honor Mother Earth and her waters all year long!

Montessori-Inspired Resources for World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day

More Bees, Please

We love our pollinators and anything we can do to help and support them is so important. Please view these two Jump Into a Book posts about Praising Pollinators

and Books that Help Kids Bee Kind to Bees.

books about beekeeping

And while you’re at it…let’s spend more of June in the garden!

A Year in the Secret Garden

As parents, we want/need quality books with extension activities to help our young ones unplug and create memories. Pulling books from shelves, and stories from pages is also an important act that will the habit of being life-long readers. Quality books with companion book extension activities are not only working to create special family time, it allows kids to solve the world’s problems without major consequences. A Year in the Secret Garden is just such a book.

This delightful children’s book that is co-written by Marilyn Scott-Waters and Valarie Budyar and it offers original month-by-month activities that allow readers to delve deeper into the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden.

A Year in the Secret Garden

Within the 120 pages (with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities)families will find many activities inspired by The Secret Garden that encourages them to step away from technology and enjoy getting hands and feet into the black earth of a family garden. This book will make a great gift and be the catalyst of many hours of family growth, learning and FUN!
A Year in the Secret Garden

Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” More details HERE!