June Book Recommendations

Ages 0-5 
The Tree a Fable by Neal Layton
When a family wants to cut down a tree to build a house, what happens to the animals nests and burrows? Can a tree be home to everyone?
For the rabbits, birds, and squirrels, the big tree is home. But then come two new arrivals with wonderful plans, all ready to create their dream house. What will it mean for the animal families if their tree is cut down? With empathy and imagination, Neal Layton offers a hopeful outlook in this simple and powerful fable about the harmony of the natural world."
Ages 6-8
Magic Treehouse Book #33 by Mary Pope Osborne
When the magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie to Greenland, they're not sure what time they've landed in, but they immediately know what their mission is: save a narwhal! Then they meet a young hunter named Leif Erikson and they ask for his help. But Leif has other ideas...
Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman Illustrated by Divya Srinivasan

A perfect read-aloud picture book by the Newbery Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author of American Gods and Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman, and illustrated in bold colors by Divya Srinivasan.

A talking tiger is the only one who may be able to get a princess to speak in this beautiful picture book set in a mythic India.

This stunning picture book will transport readers to another time and place and will delight parents and children alike. "Full of Gaiman's wit and whimsy, this one is great for reading aloud (and looks pretty lovely on the shelf as well). Gorgeous, with lush illustrations by Divya Srinivasan" 

Ages 9-12
The Explorer: WINNER OF THE COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD: Katherine Rundell:  Bloomsbury Children's Books
The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

 Fred, Con, Lila and little Max’s plane is on the way to Manaus when it falls out of the sky. Now, lost in the Amazon rainforest, they must figure out the basics of survival: water, shelter, food. Do they wait for rescue, or find a way to rescue themselves?

As they get bolder and explore further afield, they see more traces of another human inhabitant, too – and then they find the map. Who was here before and where will the map take them?

Rundell’s writing is exquisite – simultaneously quiet and loud, and with a wildness that reflects both the children’s untamed natures and the forest around them. Fred is practical, Con sharp and thorny, Lila quiet and thoughtful, and Max is a miniature explosion. There is a hidden city, plus sloths and bees and snakes and caimans and everything inbetween. There are themes of friendship, the environment and survival, and it is completely, utterly wonderful. Pure adventure.

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
Sent in 1910 to live with distant relatives who own a rubber plantation along the Amazon River, English orphan Maia is excited. She believes she is in for brightly colored macaws, enormous butterflies, and "curtains of sweetly scented orchids trailing from the trees." Her British classmates warn her of man-eating alligators and wild, murderous Indians. Unfortunately, no one cautions Maia about her nasty, xenophobic cousins, who douse the house in bug spray and forbid her from venturing beyond their coiffed compound. Maia, however, is resourceful enough to find herself smack in the middle of more excitement than she ever imagined, from a mysterious "Indian" with an inheritance, to an itinerant actor dreading his impending adolescence, to a remarkable journey down the Amazon in search of the legendary giant sloth.
For Adults
Green Living Made Easy by Nancy Birtwhistle
One change, any change, will make a difference to our precious planet.
We all want to do our best for our homes and the planet, but it’s often hard to find the time and energy to think of alternatives. Nancy Birtwhistle makes it easy with 101 indispensable tips, ideas and recipes that will help you to live a more eco-friendly life without giving up on any home comforts.
This practical book is the ultimate guide to reducing your environmental impact while saving you time and money. Inside are tips and home hacks on everything from eco cleaning, upcycling and making the most out of your weekly shop to small-space gardening and creative crafts, plus a selection of Nancy's delicious recipes. Clearly explained, accessible and beautifully illustrated with black and white line-drawings, Green Living Made Easy is the perfect guide for anyone looking to pursue a more sustainable lifestyle but unsure where to start.
Calming Nature Patterns Coloring Books For Adults

Don't worry about staying in the lines! The purpose of a coloring book is to help you relax and find your flow again. You don't have to stress about which color to pick or that you have to perfect it. What matters is, you use it to unwind, improve your focus and retrain your fine motor skills, too! Grab a coloring book today!

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