I’m finishing up the school year, inventorying books, cataloging my book orders and giving hugs to kids stopping by wondering why we aren’t holding classes. Once our shelves are filled with new books and we host our fabulous library book giveaway and sale today, it’s time to lock the doors for the summer and read, read, read!
I’ve got a pretty ambitious reading list for this summer. Here are some of the chapter books I’m looking forward to reading this summer and hopefully recommending to students next school year. Some of the picks are by authors I love, some were recommended by students, some are simply books on my library shelves that I haven’t read yet, including books sent through my fabulous Junior Library Guild subscriptions, others are award winners.
So many books, so little time! 🙂 Ok, here goes nothing!
PS. Be Eleven – new book by the wonderful author of One Crazy Summer (see my blog article)
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin – author of the incredible book Bomb: the race to build – and steal – the world’s most dangerous weapon (see my blog article)
Witness, by Karen Hesse – a very moving book about KKK activity in a small town in Vermont in 1924
A Hero’s Guide to Saving the Kingdom by Christopher Healy – when I asked my students about their favorite books of the year, one student enthusiastically recommended this book – a Junior Library Guild selection.
The Robe of Skulls by Vivien French- a popular mystery in my library and a Junior Library Guild selection.
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass – recommended by a young blog reader!
Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse – 1998 Newbery Award winner
Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey – 2012 Michael L. Printz Award winner
Ida B by Katherine Hannigan – a Booklist starred review
One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis – a book for animal lovers – a Junior Library Guild selection
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly – 2010 Newbery Honor book
Kira Kira by Cynthia Kodohata – 2005 Newbery Medal
Secrets of Shakespeare’s Grave by Deron R. Hicks and Mark Edward Geyer – a Junior Library Guild selection
Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – a Junior Library Guild selection
I’d love to hear about your top summer reading picks! Comment with some recommendations, please!
Have a wonderful end of the school year and summer ahead,