Kids participating in our summer reading program have read more than 1,700 books.
But, we know there are a few students who might not have gotten started on their summer reading.
So, as a public service, we picked a few especially good summer reads.
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems describes a wily bird’s efforts to get behind the wheel.
- George and Martha by James Marshall are funny, endearing tales about two great friends.
- How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolen clears up that mystery.
- The Man Who Walked between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein is the true story of Philippe Petit, who walked between the World Trade Center towers.
This is a great time for series: Pick out one and, if you like it, read them all! We especially like:
- Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
- Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
- Magic School Bus by Joanna Cole
- Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant and
- Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka.
THIRD AND FOURTH GRADERS
- Babymouse by Jennifer Holm is a sassy cartoon mouse who is impossible to resist.
- Poppy by Avi is a thrilling tale of a dormouse and her incredible adventures.
- The BFG by Roald Dahl will have you sounding ridunculous in no time
- The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater gives whole new meaning to the term: madcap adventure.
- Satch and Me by Dan Gutman is a baseball card adventure featuring Satchel Paige.
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo details the rise and fall and rise of a china rabbit.
- Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen tells the story from two different points of view.
- A Dog’s Life by Ann Martin is the autobiography of Squirrel, a stray dog.
- Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson, the story of the 12-day hunt for John Wilkes Booth, reads like fiction but is based on original sources.
- Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams is a mystery that revolves around small-town life, community theatre and Alice in Wonderland.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a horrifying, must-read introduction to a crazy, dangerous world.
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is the first book of the fabulous Percy Jackson series.
- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut provides that bit of absurdity needed at the end of summer,
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel tells the tale of an incredible journey that may be more – or less -- real than it seems.
- March by Geraldine Brooks is the father’s side of the Little Women story.
- Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith is a gentle tale of southern Africa.