“Librarian of the Year” Recommend Reading List for Elementary School Kids – Books Kids Should Read this Summer
This is Felicia! Summer is here and my girls will read quite a few books during their time off. This year, instead of doing the Name That Book list or the Barnes and Noble list, I asked the Assistant Principal at our school, who was awarded the Houston ISD “Librarian of the Year” a few years back, what she would recommend for my girls (5 and 7) this summer. She generously composed this list for me, for which I have added a few notes.
2. James and the Giant Peach– If you have seen the movie, your kids will love the book!
3. Matilda – The librarian strongly urged that Roald Dahl “should be read and reread often”. I agree. We have almost all of his books. Currently, my older daughter is reading The Witches. Remember that movie as a kid? I should probably order that now.
4. Bud, Not Buddy – This book has won a Newberry Honor medal and it’s on the way to my house via Amazon Prime.
5. Esperanza Rising – It’s written by a Mexican author, which I can appreciate since I am always struggling to infect with my children with our heritage and it has snagged a Pura Belpré Medal.
6. Pink and Say –It is short little book about the Civil War that invokes powerful feelings!
7. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – The Librarian described this book as “a modern version Alice in Wonderland with amazing language”. This one, too, is on its way to my house.
8. May Bird – A creepy little series with an odd, misfit heroine. I cannot wait to dig into this series.
9. Gregor the Overlander – An action and adventure series by the creator of “The Hunger Games”. The book flap boasts of giant rats and bats and it is about a boy who embarks on a dangerous journey to find his father. It’s also a series! YEY!
10. Princess Academy – I just scored this book off the giveaway pile at our school. I’m told that it is girly, but in a good way, and that it is very suspenseful.
11. The Fairy Tale Detectives:The Sisters Grimm – Another fun series for the list. I absolutely love any book with female heroines.
12. The Mysterious Benedict Society – I’ve seen this series before and have always wanted to read it.
The fact that the librarian put this on the list was all the push I needed to order them! The Amazon reviews point out that it is fun read and also about friendship. I just bought is and it is on its way to my home now… and I really hope that my husband does not read this blog entry about all of the purchases I have just made.
13. Septimus Heap: Magyk – She describes this as fun to read as the “Harry Potter” series, but a much easier read.
14. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling – The School Journal Book describes this as Jane Eyre meets Lemony Snicket. FUN!
15. Artemis Fowl – An exciting book with humorous moments. It’s part of a fairy series so my girls will be excited to check it out.
16. The Grimm Legacy – A huge library full of fairy tale artifacts. What could be better?
17. Chasing Vermeer – A great mystery novel involving art and unexplainable occurrences!
18. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy – An award winning book about sisters and summer time magic.
19. Bliss – The librarian describes this book as “fun summer reading – magic and cooking all in one.”.
Well, that is our very ambitious summer reading list since many are over 200 pages! I hope to at least read a third of the books this summer and read the entire list with my girls by next summer!