I look forward to reading brand new picture books each month! Honestly, I cannot wait to see the different books and select ones perfect for the classroom. So, I am excited to share new July books!
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I Want to Be Spaghetti by Keira Wright-Ruiz
Ramen sees spaghetti everywhere. It is in advertisements, and everyone loves it! Sadly, nobody wants Ramen as much, and this makes him sad. He feels he needs to change to be loved. Thankfully, Ramen goes home and joins his friends in a bowl of broth. This is when he realizes he is pretty great just how he is!
Honestly, this is a fantastic story that celebrates the beauty of being yourself and being recognized for who you are. It shares the crucial message of not changing for anyone else!
Who Am I? by Julie Bucholtz
A young girl asks her mom the question many students ask: Who Am I? However, her mother does not give an ordinary response. She shares that her daughter is the fire that burns and the eagle that soars. This is one of my favorite new July books that shares how we are all connected to each other, our ancestors, and the earth. So, we must protect each other and our amazing planet.
When Rubin Plays by Gracey Zhang
Ruben loves going to the orchestra! So, he decides he wants to play the violin as well. However, when he starts to play it, he doesn’t like it. He wishes he sounded just like the orchestra. So, he finds an audience who appreciates him and loves him for his style of music.
This book is about community, finding your voice, and doing what you love. It is a fantastic way to help students gain confidence in themselves!
Dare to Question by Jasmine Stirling
This book is actually nonfiction. It is the biography about suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt. So, it tells the story of how she mobilized women nationwide to earn women’s right to vote. Honestly, this is such an inspirational selection for new July nooks!
Stand as Tall as the Trees by Patricia Gualinga
I love how this is also a true story! It is about an activist in the Amazon who worked with indigenous communities to protect and preserve the sacred forest. Students learn all about nature conservation, perseverance, and standing up for their community!
A Book for Bear by Ellen Ramsey
Students will love this fun story! It is about a bear who loves books. So, he and his best friend, Ellen, decide to hatch a plan. Bear really wants a book, but they quickly discover that sneaking into a school, library, and bookstore is hard.
Students will be on the edge of their seats as they see if the bear finds a book of his own!
The Deep End by Drew Sheneman
Honestly, when looking for new July books for science, this is the one! It is perfect for all the budding scientists in the room.
Students will join Bown Bear the Pirate as he explores the depths of the ocean. They will learn about unusual creatures, undersea explorers, and learn all the ocean offers.
Spanish is the Language of My Family by Michael Genhart
This is a beautiful intergenerational story of not only family ties but cultural pride as well.
A young boy is getting ready for the spelling bee with the help of his grandmother. As she is helping him learn all of these words, she tells him stories about when she was a young child in school. She shares how she spoke Spanish but forced to speak English. Thankfully, the grandmother’s stories inspire the young boy to work hard and to make his family proud.
The Queen of Chess by Laurie Wallmark
This is another fun non-fiction read aloud!
Students learn how Judith Polgar became the youngest chess grandmaster. This involves beating adults when she was only five years old and winning tournaments at the age of nine.
Students love seeing the journey of Judith! Best of all, it inspires them to work hard and never give up.
I hope this list of new July books gives you wonderful ideas to bring into your classroom! There are fiction and non-fiction options to ensure students enjoy both types of read alouds. Best of all, there are great options to incorporate more science and social studies into our read aloud stories!
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