The long, stretched-out days of summer vacation are perfect for tweens to spend lazing on the living room couch, eating popsicles and reading whole books cover to cover. Or, you might spread a blanket out in the yard and read your toddler a new adventure. Here are a few kids’ book releases for June that we’re especially enthused about.
SUPER POP!: Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make It Through the Holidays by Daniel Harmon.
Age Range: 14 – 18 (Maybe younger if you have little fact collectors.)
If you win a lot of Geeks Who Drink nights, and are looking to help your child follow in your polymath footsteps, this book is for your family. Lists topics range from films and bestsellers to those like “Wax on: Wise Old Men Who Can Show You the Way.” Get it here.
By Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Cece Bell
Age Range: 4 – 9
The author of the Origami Yoda series gives us this tongue-in-cheek re-imagining of the Yankee Doodle children’s song. Apparently riding to town was the pony’s idea and the too-hip Doodle didn’t want to go. The picture book does end with some history so you can add a little silliness to that whole learning thing. Get it here.
Extra Credit: Angleberger has another book in his series coming out this summer too. The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book is set for release Aug. 6. Ages 8+.
ESCAPE FROM THE PIPE MEN!
By Mary G. Thompson
Age range: 10+
The description of this sci-fi story reminds a little of Hitchhiker’s Guide books. Two kids, a brother and sister, who have spent their lives so far on display in the multi-eyed Pipe Men’s intergalactic zoo, have to escape and find an antidote to cure their sick dad. During their adventure, they meet all manner of silly, bizarre aliens, from the dog-like Hottini to the spindly legged and hairy Xaxor. They also discover that the Pipe Men are not as kindly as they appear. Get it here.
By Helen FitzGerald
Age range: 14 +
A teenage Scottish girl, who grew up in foster homes, suddenly receives a note from her recently deceased mom. It sends her packing to an American father and stepmom she didn’t know about, as well as a long-lost sister. This book promises the usual drama of a misfit trying to adjust, but also evolves into something deeper and darker, involving underground art scenes, jailbreaks and mind control. The timbre of previews evokes a shadow of P.K. Dick and A Scanner Darkly. Get it here.
TWENTY BIG TRUCKS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET
By Mark Lee, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
Age Range: 3-7
Here’s a starter book for your little ones who show proclivity toward taking mechanical things apart or who beg to drive your car. Lots of kids are car and truck fiends, and this picture book offers many different kinds, stuck in a traffic jam on the narrator’s street. Bonus: the story is told in rhyming couplets. It’s like a mash-up of Dr. Suess and a New York mechanic wrote the story. Poetry and machinery! Get it here