The Inly Summer Reading List – Part 6

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Today was the last day of school which, as every teacher knows, is both wonderful and sad. I will miss some of the students who are moving to other states or, in the case of our 8th graders, going to high school in September. I have watched many of our 8th grade students move from one end of the reading continuum to the other. I clearly remember some of these kids checking out Magic Tree House books a few short years ago, and now they are sharing their new high school reading lists with me. The highlight of the day was when a young girl gave me a flower pot on which she had painted the letter B.  My first and last name both begin with S. Our school’s name begins with an I. But B?  “B for Book,” she said proudly. Of course.

The list continues….These are the characteristics of a Bridging Reader.

–         more fully developed plots

–         more challenging content

–         more descriptive and memorable text

 Arabel’s Raven and Arabel and Mortimer by Joan Aiken

Poppy (and its sequels) by Avi

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks

Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall by Emily Bearn

The Unforgettable Season by Phil Bildner

Butterflies and Moths by Nic Bishop

Science meets artistry in an exquisitely designed photo-essay that describes the life cycles of these breathtakingly beautiful insects. Bishop’s crystalline close-ups and lyrical narrative engage readers with mesmerizing detail and an infectious sense of awe.” (School Library Journal)

Lizards by Nic Bishop

Books by Beverly Cleary

Frindle by Andrew Clements

No Talking by Andrew Clements

 The Boggart by Susan Cooper

How to Be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech

The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin

Books by Roald Dahl

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed the World by Allan Drummond

“In this first title in a planned series of picture books about sustainable energy, Drummond combines winsome, kinetic, ink-and-wash illustrations with a succinct, simply phrased, smoothly flowing narrative that describes how Samsø transformed itself.” (starred review, Booklist)

Books by Edward Eager

Books by Elizabeth Enright

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

The Moffats by Eleanor Estes

The Problem with the Puddles by Kate Feiffer

Amelia Rules! The Whole World’s Crazy by Jimmy Gownley

Sophie Simon Solves Them All by Lisa Graff

Whale Scientists: Solving the Mystery of Whale Strandings by Fran Hodgkins

“This entry in the Scientists in the Field series looks at how scientists are working to discover the reasons why whales beach themselves.  While they have no definitive answer, this book explores the theories, including illness or injury, hearing damage, magnetic attractions, confusing geography and more.”  (Open Wide, Look Inside: Outstanding Science Books Published in 2007)

Can We Save the Tiger? By Martin Jenkins

The Unusual Mind of Vincent Shadow by Tim Kehoe

John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist by Kathryn Lasky

Highway Cats by Janet Taylor Lisle

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

Bless This Mouse by Lois Lowry

“An impeccably constructed, good-humored adventure filled with master plans, near disasters, and brave rescues, all gently frightening for readers even younger than the target audience. Lowry creates a cozy church environment of lenient sextons, disheveled organists, and skittish Altar Guild ladies, from a mouse’s point-of-view. Fun and lighthearted.” (Publishers Weekly)

The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery

 Shiloh (and its sequels) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Chee-Lin: A Giraffe’s Journey by James Rumford

“Linking the Chinese mythological creature, the chee-lin, to a 1414 Chinese portrait of a giraffe, Rumford imagines how a giraffe may have journeyed to China. From his birth and capture in East Africa to a short stay in Bengal and a stay in Nanjingand finally landing in Peking, lonely Tweega (Swahili for giraffe) survives frightening voyages, cruel and tender caretakers, and cramped quarters, ending up in the emperor’s spacious grounds. Tweega inspires awe everywhere and stirs optimism among the Chinese, who believe the chee-lin to be an omen of good fortune. The narrative—moving, even tender in many places—is accompanied by handsome full-page paintings, beautifully bordered with evocative motifs. A rare work, vividly imagined and caringly executed.” (starred review, Booklist)

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman

Abel’s Island by William Steig

Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage by Kaye Umansky

Justin Case by Rachel Vail

Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt

Looking for Seabirds: Journal from an Alaskan Voyage by Sophie Webb

I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer by Carole Boston Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford’s I, Matthew Henson celebrates the life of the Arctic explorer who accompanied Robert Peary on his seven journeys to reach the North Pole. Though Henson saved Peary’s life, befriended the Inuit, and was instrumental in the team’s celebrated success, he didn’t receive proper recognition for his contributions because of his race. The poetic text and Eric Velasquez’s pastel illustrations take readers to the icy, frigid frontier these men finally conquered.”  (School Library Journal)

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Stuart Little by E.B. White

Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

The Secret World of Hildegard by Jonah Winter

Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 byLawrence Yep


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