Have a K-12 student at home looking for something new to read?
This story focuses on the clever antics, advantage-taking, limit-testing, and childhood shenanigans of 3-year-old Emmy.
When Emmy spills her dad’s orange juice, she takes refuge behind mom’s knee. Expecting a reprimand, Emmy is surprised when Mom tells Dad, “Now, sweetheart, you should let it be. After all . . . she’s only three.”
Saavy Emmy takes and runs with the golden mantra: “I’m only three!”
I Always, Always Get My Way is full of clever rhyming text and great ink and watercolor illustrations. Emmy and readers find out that outrageous behavior has consequences.
This title reminds me of a favorite I read to my sons, Maurice Sendak’s Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue.
Do Not Open is, like many books from DK Publishing, fabulous, because every page is a port of entry to the book. It doesn’t matter where you open it! Like a museum exhibit, the reader is free to roam.
Rather than reading it straight through, Do Not Open encourages readers to jump around and explore a variety of interesting oddities, mysteries, and the unexplained, such as:
- Who Are the Men in Black?
- Bermuda Triangle,
- Optical Illusions
- Great Escapes
- Anastasia the Lost Princess
- Time Travel
- Hidden Pictures
- Spontaneous Combustion
- And the timely, newsworthy topic: Global Eavesdropping!
The book is well-organized and plain fun.
If a children’s summer reading list is to be trusted, than it must contain at least one title by Elaine Konigsburg.
Konigsburg, who lived in Jacksonville, died a few short months ago. A master of young adult literature, she wrote the classic From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, which won the Newbery Medal almost 30 years ago.
The View From Saturday also won 1996 Newbery Medal. It is a story of friendship that weaves together brilliantly a sixth-grade Academic Bowl team, the art of calligraphy, retirees of Century Village, Florida, a genius dog named Ginger, and a holiday production of Annie.
A New York Times bestseller for seven years running. A film adaptation is coming to movie theaters on November 15, 2013, so read it now!
The Book Thief is a story about the ability of books to feed the soul. Set during World War II in Germany, Liesel Meminger, is a foster girl living outside of Munich. She survives by stealing something she can’t resist - books.
With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
Its lush words are great for students and adults alike.
This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 9-10, Stories).
For more great reading suggestions, visit Stacey Goldring's blog Chapter Endnotes.