The Inly Summer Reading List – Part 5

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Continuing the Inly Summer Reading List…today we reach the Expanding Reader. According to the Bonnie Campbell Hill Reading Continuum, these are the characteristics of an expanding reader:

–         more challenging vocabulary

–         more developed characters

–         illustrations provide less support

–         may include multiple paragraphs per page

By the time a child is reading books from this list, they are reading more independently – although it’s certainly still recommended that parents read with and to their children. Keep reading as long as your child wants to listen!  When I distribute the entire reading list to our parents, each book is accompanied by a review from either School Library Journal or Horn Book. I don’t want the blog-version of the list to be too long, so there are only a few reviews included here.

Cam Jansen books by David Adler

A Three-Minute Speech: Lincoln’s Remarks at Gettysburg by Jennifer Armstrong

The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton

This artful blending of biography and applied science sheds light on the serendipitous invention that turned two siblings intrigued with fluorescence into successful businessmen. The black-and-white cartoon art slowly gives way to bursts of neon color.” (School Library Journal)

The Stories Julian Tells/The Stories Huey Tells by Ann Cameron

Science books by Vicki Cobb

Is My Friend at Home: Pueblo Fireside Tales by John Bierhorst

Flat Stanley/Invisible Stanley by Jeff Brown

Seal Island School and The Seal Island Seven by Susan Bartlett

Mimmie and Sophie: All Around Town by Miriam Cohen

Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley

Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies

Front Porch Tales and North Country Whoppers by Tomie dePaola

“These laugh-out-loud stories fromNew HampshireandVermontare set during the four season of the year.  In his appealing dialect, the narrator tells little-known tales, while interspersed throughout are comic-style episodes featuring an unsuspecting tourist who tries to get more information from the locals.”  (New YorkPublic Library, 100 Titles forReadingand Sharing)

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Zoo’s Who by Douglas Florian

“Florian’s most recent book of poems with his lovely illustrations.  “As always, Florian’s work manages to be clever, witty and appealing.  It’s easy enough for children to understand, but is so inventive adults won’t tire of reading and re-reading.”  (BookPage)

Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han

“In the tradition of Judy Moody and Clementine comes Clara Lee. Clara is a typical third-grader who neatly combines her Korean and American sides. Her warm, supportive family includes a grandfather who is always there for her, especially when she decides to pursue her dream of being Little Miss Apple Pie, riding in the float in her town’s apple festival. In a plot that will resonate with kids, Clara is scared when she dreams her grandfather dies, but Grandfather tells her that in Korean tradition that means good luck is coming. And sure enough, Clara’s luck does take a turn for the better, with a newfound ability in gym class, a surprise present in her desk, and the courage (almost) to write the speech that could be her ticket to the apple festival. But luck has a habit of changing too, and when things aren’t going quite as well, Clara wonders if she should give up her dream. A realistic group of characters, both adults and children, and true-to-life situations will make this illustrated chapter book a favorite.” (Booklist)

Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building by Deborah Hopkinson

Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings

“Fifth-grader Rufus’s only wish is to get a dog, but his work-at-home dad objects. He lists numerous reasons, including that dogs lick people’s faces, chase cars, and eat dead things. Rufus’s mom brings home a guinea pig instead in an attempt to fulfill her son’s desire for a pet. To his surprise, the guinea pig, which he names Fido, acts like a dog. She obeys his commands and chews his dad’s shoes. When Rufus’s family decides to return the animal to the pet store, a classmate is willing to buy her to replace her hamster. But Rufus begins to have second thoughts about relinquishing the guinea pig. Although no explanation is given for why Fido behaves like a dog, children will have no problem accepting the absurdity of the situation. Early chapter-book readers will enjoy this humorous tale.” (School Library Journal)

The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth by Kathleen Krull

Armed with an active imagination and a pile of science magazines, a boy began tinkering with motors and gadgets; by the age of 22, he announced to the world that he had invented television. Luminous acrylic wash and colored-pencil illustrations add abundant period details to this well-told story of youthful passion and persistence.” (School Library Journal)

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

“While many students know about the Underground Railroad, few have heard of Henry “Box” Brown, “the man who mailed himself to freedom.” Ellen Levine’s Henry’s Freedom Box is a fictional account of the true story of Brown’s inventive escape to Philadelphia in a wooden crate. Born into slavery, Brown never knew his birthday, but on March 30, 1849, he finally declared one—his first day of freedom. Kadir Nelson’s handsome illustrations inspired by antique lithographs effectively convey the drama with feeling.” (School Library Journal)

Judy Moody books by Megan McDonald

Stink books by Megan McDonald

Who Was Louis Armstrong? by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Busing Brewster by Richard Michelson

Zen Ties and Zen Shorts by Jon Muth

Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Mark Tyler Nobleman

Mokie and Bik by Wendy Orr

Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins

“Naima is a talented painter of traditional alpana patterns, which Bangladeshi women and girls paint on their houses for special celebrations.  But Naima is not satisfied just painting alpana.  She wants to help earn money for her family, like her best friend, Saleem, does for his family.  When Naima’s rash effort to help puts her family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful nature and her talents to bravely save the day.” (New YorkPublic Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing)

Behold the Bold Umprellaphant by Jack Prelutsky

“Prelutsky is one of the best word crafters in the business, and this collection does not disappoint. Each entry is about a creature that is part animal and part inanimate object. For instance, the Alarmadillos have alarm clocks for bodies, and the Ballpoint Penguins can write with their beaks. The poems are full of fun and wit, with wordplay and meter that never miss a beat. The whimsical illustrations use cut-print media, old-fashioned print images, and a variety of paper textures to create a rich visual treat well suited to the poetry. The detail in the mixed-media pictures makes this a good choice for individual or lap reading, but the poetry begs to be read aloud. This is definitely a do not miss poetry pick.”   (School Library Journal, starred review)

Thumb and the Bad Guys by Ken Roberts

The Owly Series by Andy Runton

How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz

Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman

Zarafa: The Giraffe Who Walked to the King by Judith St. George

The Akimbo series by Alexander McCall Smith

“The author of the adult The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery series originally published these delightful children’s stories in Great Britainin the early 1990s. His short, illustrated chapter-book adventures will transport American readers to the plains of Africawhere Akimbo lives with his parents on a Kenyan game reserve. His father works as a park ranger, and, on occasion, Akimbo is allowed to accompany him while he works. In Elephants, the two encounter a dead elephant, killed for its tusks. When the poachers aren’t found immediately, Akimbo devises a plan to catch them in the act. After several suspenseful moments, the boy’s simple, yet innocent plan works. In Lions, the child accompanies his father and other rangers as they investigate news of lion attacks. The plan is to trap the marauding animal and take it to another area, but by accident, they capture its cub. The African setting, dramatic full-page pencil illustrations, and the animal facts woven into the stories are sure to capture young readers. (School Library Journal)

Frankly Frannie by A.J. Stern (and sequels)

Henry Aaron’s Dream by Matt Tavares

Pharaoh’s Boat by David Weitzman

History, custom, and instruction in the ancient art of shipbuilding are at the core of this account of the amazing discovery and reconstruction of a 4500-year-old funerary vessel. The book’s dynamic design incorporates elegant stylized drawings in warm hues.” (School Library Journal)

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter

“This gorgeous, accessible biography allows young readers to absorb the significance of Jane’s tireless research, her groundbreaking discoveries and important work protectingAfrica’s land and animals.” (starred review, Kirkus)

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino

Rapunzel, a German folktale, retold and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

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