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International Picnic Day

The Funtastic Festivities Booklists compile stories that relate to fun and festive days so that readers of all ages can join the celebration with a good book! 

On International Picnic Day (6/18), we celebrate the summertime way to have a meal outdoors. From hotdogs and hamburgers to fresh fruits and veggies, picnics are opportunities to fill our picnic baskets will all sorts of delicious food. Once packed up, we can sit around with friends and family, eat our lunches, and watch nature. So let’s grab a book and enjoy a picnic today!

Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic, by Ginnie Lo and Beth Lo (Lee & Low Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, How-to / Activity, ages 4-6.

Celebrate Independence Day: With Parades, Picnics, and Fireworks (Holidays Around the World Series), by Deborah Heiligman (National Geographic Kids) — Nonfiction, Picture Book, Background / Culture, History, Series, ages 7-12.

Freda Plans a Picnic, by Stuart J. Murphy (Charlesbridge) — Fiction, Picture Book, How-to / Activity, Series, ages 4-6.

Hooray for Sunny Days!, by Susan Kantor, illus. Katya Longhi (Simon & Schuster) — Fiction, Board Book, Concepts, Animals, ages 0-3.

Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic, by Leslie Kimmelman; illus. Victor Juhasz (Sleeping Bear Press) — Fiction, Picture Book, Historical Fiction, Series, ages 7-12.

Let’s Have a Picnic!, by Hunter Reid; illus. Stephanie Hinton (little bee books) — Fiction, Board Book, Concepts, Series, ages 0-3.

Picnic, written and illustrated by John Burningham (Candlewick) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, How-to / Activity, ages 4-6.

Picnic, written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully (HarperCollins) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, ages 4-6.

Picnic at Mudsock Meadow, by Patricia Polacco (Penguin Random House / Puffin Books) — Fiction, Prose, Holidays, Horror, ages 7-12.

A Picnic in October, by Eve Bunting; illus. Nancy Carpenter (HarperCollins / Clarion Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Contemporary, ages 7-12.

A Picnic with Monet, by Suzanne Bober and Julie Merberg; illus. (Chronicle Books) — Nonfiction, Board Book, Music / Art, History, Series, ages 0-3.

The Picnic, by David K. Williams; illus. Laura Ovresat (HarperCollins / Clarion Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Series, ages 4-6.

Picnic!: A Day in the Park, by Joan Holub; illus. Will Terry (Simon & Schuster) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, ages 4-6.

Porcupine’s Picnic: Who Eats What?, by Betsy R. Rosenthal; illus. Giusi Capizzi (Lerner Publishing Group / Millbrook Press) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Science, Series, ages 4-6.

STEAM Stories: The Picnic Problem (Math), by Jonathan Litton; illus. Magalí Mansilla (Quarto Group / QED) — Fiction, Picture Book, Math, Concepts, Series, ages 4-6.

Join International Picnic Day by reading a book!

List compiled by CBC’s resident trivia expert, Sommer Wissner. Check out other book lists on our blog.

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