Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Summer Books

Summer comes to an end early for us - our teachers, despite what the state puts them through, are eager to get back in there and teach. We have to have all our plans in place, and it sometimes puts the squeeze on our programs for helping kids have a fun, productive summer. We love all the young readers we see in the summer, and it's fun to get feedback on what kids have found to read. The real reading junkies are into their 3rd, 4th,10th book of the summer. It can be a challenge coming up with recommendations for kids that read like locusts eat. I'm putting out a quick 5 that have pushed to the top this summer - mostly because we like them!

The Mysterious Benedict Society. Trenton Lee Stewart
Little, Brown/Tingley, $6.99. ISBN 9780316003957.

Scat. Hiaasen, Carl
Knopf, $16.99. ISBN 978-0375-83486-8.

Three Cups of Tea Young Reader’s Edition
. Mortenson, Greg
Penguin, $6.99. ISBN 978-0-14-241412-5

The Penderwicks. Birdsall, Jeanne
Random House, $6.99. ISBN 0375831436.

The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)Scott,Michael
Delacorte, $17.99. 0385735294

Hopefully that helps someone - some of the kids we see would chew those up and spit them out in under a week! Good for us, good for them!


Anonymous said...

I've read several of these books and am curious what age range are the children who are reading each one?

John MacDougall said...

This group I put together is for upper grade readers. 3 cups is appealing to a very broad range -5th to HS. Mysterious Benedict is 4-8. Scat (or anything by Hiaason) has broad appeal 5-HS. Penderwicks is younger, 3-6, because the subject matter is pretty tame. The Nicholas Flamel books are good for 5-HS for the Harry Potter crowd. In fact, post Harry Potter, I hesitate to put ages on these types of books - kids are often more motivated readers than we think!