Great news! This week we will begin our EPIC summer reading book tasting! I’ve teamed up with the public library to order a TON of recent titles your children will enjoy. They will spend the next few weeks getting a chance to hold these books in their hands, take a peek at them, and keep track of the ones they want to read for themselves. They will have a paper and electronic copy of their list (housed in Google Classroom) so that there is no way to completely lose the list.
For those students who are going away for the summer, I’m offering an option of ordering books through Scholastic Book Club so you won’t have the worry of losing library books. I’ve attached a flyer in my email home to families.
The reason behind what we are doing these next few weeks is two-fold: continuing our love of reading and preventing “summer slide.” I am including information from the Colorado Department of Education to explain further…
“Summer slide” is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gaps they made during the previous school year.
Ways to prevent “summer slide”:
- Access to books is critical.
- When children select reading material themselves and read for enjoyment, they receive the most gains in reading achievement. Also, the longer this free voluntary reading is practiced, the more consistent and positive the results.
- Children and teens tend to read more when adults in their lives encourage them to read, and also when they see those adults reading often themselves.
I will be encouraging students to read a minimum of 6 books this summer.
Here are five of the books students will get a chance to peruse in our summer reading book tasting.
How Could We Harness a Hurricane?, (2017)
words by Vicki Cobb and pictures by Theo Cobb
Goodreads summary: How can we prevent destruction and danger when a hurricane hits?
Have you ever wondered how hurricanes become powerful enough to lift cars and level cities? In How Could We Harness a Hurricane?, Vicki Cobb describes this natural phenomenon and the three things it’s made of: air, water, and energy. Read about traveling to the eye of the storm, modifying weather, and other interesting work that meteorologists, scientists, and engineers do to solve the big problems posed by hurricanes. How can we prevent destruction and danger when a hurricane visits our cities? From fortifying buildings to weakening or moving the hurricane itself, How Could We Harness a Hurricane? explores what engineers are trying to do to diminish the wrath of a hurricane. How Could We Harness a Hurricane? also includes simple, hands-on experiments that reinforce these fascinating hurricane facts and concepts.
Watch the book trailer for How Could We Harness a Hurricane?
by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
Goodreads summary: A classic middle-grade tale of magic and friendship, about a girl who helps an old friend find home, by two New York Times–bestselling authors Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead.
It’s been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia. Now that she’s back, Livy has the feeling she’s forgotten something really, really important about Gran’s house.
It turns out she’s right.
Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn’t forget Livy, or her promise. He’s been waiting five years for her to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to. He can’t remember who—or what—he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. But five years ago Livy promised she would help him find his way back home. Now it’s time to keep that promise.
Clue by clue, Livy and Bob will unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from, and discover the kind of magic that lasts forever.
Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, two masterminds of classic, middle-grade fiction come together to craft this magical story about the enduring power of friendship.
Watch a book talk about Bob.
The Sky at Our Feet, (2018)
by Nadia Hashimi
Goodreads summary: This #ownvoices novel by bestselling author Nadia Hashimi tells the affecting story of an Afghan-American boy who believes his mother has been deported. For fans of Inside Out and Back Again and Counting by 7s.
Jason has just learned that his Afghan mother has been living illegally in the United States since his father was killed in Afghanistan. Although Jason was born in the US, it’s hard to feel American now when he’s terrified that his mother will be discovered—and that they will be separated.
When he sees his mother being escorted from her workplace by two officers, Jason feels completely alone. He boards a train with the hope of finding his aunt in New York City, but as soon as he arrives in Penn Station, the bustling city makes him wonder if he’s overestimated what he can do.
After an accident lands him in the hospital, Jason finds an unlikely ally in a fellow patient. Max, a whip-smart girl who wants nothing more than to explore the world on her own terms, joins Jason in planning a daring escape out of the hospital and into the skyscraper jungle—even though they both know that no matter how big New York City is, they won’t be able to run forever.
Watch the book trailer for The Sky at Our Feet.
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship, (2018)
words by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes and pictures by Scott Magoon
Goodreads summary: Based on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire.
Rescue thought he’d grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog — it’s the family business, after all. When he gets the news that he’s better suited to being a service dog, he’s worried that he’s not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose life is turning out differently than the way she’d imagined it, too. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And it turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time. An endnote from the authors tells more about the training and extraordinary abilities of service dogs, particularly their real-life best friend and black lab, Rescue.
Watch the Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship book trailer.
Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter, (2018)
words by Marcus Sedgwick and pictures by Thomas Taylor
Goodreads summary: Scarlett Hart, orphaned daughter of two legendary monster hunters, is determined to carry on in her parents’ footsteps—even if the Royal Academy for the Pursuit and Eradication of Zoological Eccentricities says she’s too young to fight perilous horrors. But whether it’s creepy mummies or a horrid hound, Scarlett won’t back down, and with the help of her loyal butler and a lot of monster-mashing gadgets, she’s on the case.
With her parent’s archrival, Count Stankovic, ratting her out to T.R.A.P.E.Z.E. and taking all the monster-catching rewards for himself, it’s getting hard for Scarlett to do what she was born to do. And when more monsters start mysteriously manifesting than ever before, Scarlett knows she has to get to the bottom of it and save the city… whatever the danger!