What We’re Reading Kids -June

Are you looking for reading recommendations for kids? We can help! Use these book lists created by our staff to find new and favorite books for kids of all ages covering a variety of topics and interests. Would you like to see more? Browse all of our staff recommendations for kids. Would you prefer one-on-one help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email ask-a- librarian. For next step reading suggestions you can also browse What We’re Reading Teens.

Recommendations from Our Staff – June 2023

Kids Love Butterflies!

Spring is arriving early this year. Soon butterflies will flutter through the air, inspiring children to dream of spreading their wings.

Title - A Butterfly Is PatientTitle - The Butterfly DanceTitle - The Butterfly HouseTitle - Butterfly Child

Heroes of Space for Little Astronauts

For hundreds of years, people around the world have been studying and exploring outer space! After the the launch of Sputnik (the first satellite) in 1957, animals and then people were sent to the moon and beyond. But the astronauts who landed the rocket ships aren’t the only heroes; thousands of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers worked their hardest to make space travel a reality! Learn more about the men, women, and animals who all played a part in exploring space! #indyplkids #IndyPLSRP2023

Title - ClassifiedTitle - LaikaTitle - Counting on KatherineTitle - The Boy Whose Head Was Filled With Stars

Heroes of Space

Learn more about the people who have traversed the cosmos – and the ones who made it possible and inspired others to keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible! Here you can find books about (and by) space heroes, and all you need to inspire you to reach for the stars! #indyplkids #IndyPLSRP2023

Title - Find Where the Wind GoesTitle - EnduranceTitle - The Woman in the MoonTitle - To Boldly Go

Graphic Novels About Space

Get ready for space camp! These fun and informative graphic novels will entertain even the most stubborn rocket scientist. #IndyPLKids #IndyPLSRP2023

Title - Sanity & TallulahTitle - Solar SystemTitle - The Great Space CaseTitle - Zita the Spacegirl

A Trip to Our Moon and Stars for Little Astronauts

We’ve all looked to the stars and dreamed of what life is like beyond our atmosphere. If you’ve got a kid that’s currently dreaming of life as an astronaut, these books will transport them to our moon and around the stars. These books are perfect for preschool-aged kids, but could be enjoyed by all ages! #IndyPLKids #IndyPLSRP2023 This list is just a sample of the many, many books about stars and the moon that we have in our collection. For more picture books recommendations, please ask your local librarian!

Title - Touch the Brightest StarTitle - How to Catch A StarTitle - A Big Mooncake for Little StarTitle - Moon!

3, 2, 1… Blast Off Books for Little Astronauts!

Have a kid that dreams of going to space? These are my favorite picture books about space, rockets, aliens, and astronauts! The books on this list are perfect for preschool-aged kids, but could be enjoyed by all ages. Are you ready to blast off?! #IndyPLKids #IndyPLSRP2023 These are just some of the hundreds of books available about space for young children! For more recommendations, please ask your local librarian.

Title - My Rainy Day Rocket ShipTitle - Life on MarsTitle - Field Trip to the MoonTitle - Astronaut

Space Books for Future Astronauts

Calling all astronauts (ages 8-12)! Here are some fiction and nonfiction suggestions to get you prepared for your future launch. #IndyPLKids #IndyPLSRP2023

Title - Space CaseTitle - Astrophysics for Young People in A HurryTitle - A RoverTitle - What Is NASA?

The Best Dads in Picture Books

They teach, play, protect, tease, feed, and adventure from dawn to dark. These picture book dads show how it’s done from sweet to ornery to laugh out loud! They are great fun for Father’s Day and every day!

Title - My Papi Has A MotorcycleTitle - Dad by My SideTitle - Across the BayTitle - Dad and the Dinosaur

Children’s Fiction Celebrating Gender and other Diversity

Celebrate the diversity of gender expression and acceptance of all people with these books for young readers.

Title - What Riley WoreTitle - Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine DressTitle - JacobTitle - What Are your Words?

All Kinds of Families!

This list features materials for children that celebrate the uniqueness of ALL families!

Title - Families, Families, Families!Title - Are You Eating Candy Without Me?Title - A Crazy-much LoveTitle - Kitchen Dance

An Elephant & Piggie Biggie!

These colorful and funny friends are always up to something silly. If you’re looking for your next favorite series after Elephant & Piggie, look no further!

Title - NarwhalTitle - Baloney and FriendsTitle - Donut Feed the SquirrelsTitle - Fox & Rabbit

Magic Tree House Collection

Adventure! Time travel! Magic! If you love the “Magic Tree House” series, try one of these series next.

Title - Lost Treasure of the Emerald EyeTitle - I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912Title - Attack of the PlantsTitle - Dinosaurs Before Dark