Looking for some good books to read with your kids this summer? Here are our top picks for June. Whether it is a trip to the beach, an afternoon in the garden or a nutty pirate adventure, let your children get lost with their imaginations.

“How I Became a Pirate” By Melinda Long
“How I Became a Pirate” is the tale of Jeremy Jacob, a boy who joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew in this witty look at the finer points of pirate life. Illustrations by Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator David Shannon and written by Melinda Long.

“Jamberry” By Bruce Degen
Join a boy and his bear on a lively romp through Berryland! Children love discovering these illustrations as they go along. “Jamberry,” written by Bruce Degen, is a book best enjoyed on a gloomy day with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

“My Garden” By Kevin Henkes
Chocolate rabbits, tomatoes as big as beach balls, flowers that change color and seashells abound. How does your garden grow? Let your child’s imagination run wild in this most unusual garden.

“We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”  By Helen Oxenbury
Have you ever gone on a bear hunt? Come along for a lively adventure that is fun to chant aloud and act out and to be enjoyed over and over again.

“Beach” By Elisha Cooper
In this new picture book by award-winning author Elisha Cooper, the simple magic of building sand castles, collecting seashells and running from the waves is brought to life through lively illustrations. Visit the beach year-round with this delightful book!