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Summer Reading

June 23, 2016

Summer reading. Share the adventure!



Check out these websites for some great summer reading choices for kids.

Summer Reading Guide 2016 Ages 0-12

Science is for Girls:  25 Books About Female Scientists  

The New York Times® Bestsellers:  Children’s Picture Books 

ALSC Summer Reading Lists

Summer Reading Lists for Kids Ages 6-14

100 Best Books Every Boy (and Girl) Should Read 





Newbery Hopefuls

January 29, 2015

Crunch time is here. Next Monday, February second, the long-awaited Newbery and Caldecott Awards will be announced by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. I love this time of year. My anticipation is high as I await the results.

I have to admit that although I’m familiar with many of the titles that are contenders for the 2015 Newbery Award, I haven’t read as many as I would have liked. You may have noticed the January fifteenth post, addresses Caldecott hopefuls. Those are the books I’ve concentrated on in the past few months because picture books are my great love.

Below is my list of intriguing  books. Anyone of these could receive the 2015 Newbery Medal or a Newbery Honor Medal. Do you have a favorite?

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Caminar by Skila Brown

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Curiosity by Gary Blackwood

Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

GreenGlass House by Kate Milford, illustrated by Jaime Zollars

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin

Nest by Esther Ehrlich

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Steve Sheinkin

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

The Riverman by Aaron Starmer

Saving Lucas Briggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick

Do you have any other suggestions?

Books! Books! Books!

August 3, 2012

I’m a school librarian, who, like so many other librarians, has to work with a meager budget.  When it comes to purchasing books, often times, there is little left to go around. Sigh.

In June I was given a monetary gift by a very generous parent to purchase new books for our library. I’m elated to know there are those who genuinely care that books are made available in the school library for children to enjoy. I am so lucky!

Since then I’ve been reading books, book blogs and reviews, trying to find appropriate books that will excite, entertain, and motivate students to read, read, read.

These are the books I’ve chosen. I hope our pre-k through fifth grade students will be pleased when they see them. If you have any other suggestions, I’d be happy to hear them.

For Younger Students:

Z Is for Moose written by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Sight written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Over and Under the Snow written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal 

Goldie and the Three Hares written by Margie Palatini and illustrated by Jack E. Davis

Minette’s Feast written by Susanna Reich and illustrated by Amy Bates

Blackout by John Rocco

For Everyone:

Swirl by SwirlSpirals in Nature written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beth Krommes

BookSpeak!:  Poems About Books written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Josee Bisaillon

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

Picture Books for Older Students:

Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln by Patricia Polacco

For Older Students:

Pie  by Sarah Weeks

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire! written by Polly Horvath and illustrated by Sophie Blackwell

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

The Case of the Deadly Desperados by Caroline Lawrence

Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

That’s all folks!

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