Bright artists have been busy! From heroic tales of a transgender Civil War soldier to robotic spins on classic nursery rhymes and bit of everything in-between, we’re cruising into the summer months with a hot collection of #BrightReads. Check out our list below for a look at what’s hitting the shelves this June.
Illustration by Diane Ewen.
This beautifully written and timely story shows a transgender soldier’s personal bravery as he faced daring challenges on the battlefield and privately battled the restrictions and confines of gender.
The Fighting Infantryman, illustrated by Nabi Ali.
June 2 with Little Bee Books, published in partnership with GLAAD
Blast off to bedtime with this robotic twist on the popular nursery rhyme, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!” Because even robots need to power down and recharge!
Twinkle, Twinkle Robot Beep, illustrated by Zoe Waring.
June 2 with Little Simon
Thomas Morstead shares how he learned about his cultural roots, handled being bullied for his appearance, and dealt with the disappointment of not making the high school varsity soccer team. Inspired by many, including his parents, he pushes himself in every area of his life and boldly chases his dreams.
The Middle School Rules of Thomas Morstead, illustrated by Daniel Hawkins.
June 2 with Broadstreet Publishing
Toddlers will love casting their vote as they "slide-and-vote" in everyday situations like striped or polka dot socks in the morning, vanilla or chocolate ice cream at snack time, and many more exciting choices every kid faces throughout the day.
Go Vote, Baby!, illustrated by Anne Passchier.
June 9 with HarperFestival
"First-day jitters are conquered with gentleness, empathy, and a kind smile in this sweet back-to-school tale... A practically perfect first-experience story, especially for anxious hearts and gentle spirits." — Kirkus, starred review
Kindergarten Hat, By Janet Lawler, illustrated by Geraldine Rodriguez.
June 9 with Little Bee Books
Lulu loves her family, but people are always asking, "What are you?" Lulu hates that question. Her brother inspires her to come up with a power phrase so she can easily express who she is, not what she is.
Lulu the One and Only, illustrated by Jennie Poh.
June 9 with Magination Press
You’re invited to the bears’ party! But be warned, there are absolutely, PAWSitively no party poopers allowed!
No Party Poopers!, illustrated by Lucy Semple.
June 9 with Little Bee Books
Grammy Award–winning singer and songwriter Rory Feek of Joey+Rory shares a heartfelt message for your children about the wonder of the day God made them.
The Day God Made You, illustrated by Malgosia Piatkowska.
June 16 with Thomas Nelson
The 90th anniversary celebrations continue with this charming original title featuring everyone’s favorite little train is the perfect book for bedtime.
Good Night, Little Engine, by Janet Lawler.
June 23 with Grosset & Dunlap
Follow along as people around the world gaze upon the phases of the moon in this beautifully illustrated picture book that celebrates our earth and pays homage to the moon, ever-present and comforting.
Moonbeams, illustrated by Kyung Eun Han.
June 23 with Little Bee Books