Ten Summer Reads for Ten-Year-Olds….

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I’ve listed six books for six-year-olds and eight for eight-year-olds so today…..the number is ten of course!

Here are ten books to recommend to kids looking for something to read this summer. There are many more suggestions on Inly’s summer reading list which is available at http://www.inlyschool.org.


Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones (I finished this new book yesterday while eating a salad at Panera. After I closed the cover, I looked at the people at tables near me and wondered who I could give it to. Really anyone between 8 and 88.  I’m in the middle of that age range and absolutely loved this debut novel about Sophie, a girl whose family moves from Los Angeles to a farm her family inherits after the death of her Great Uncle Jim. The story unfolds in a series of letters Sophie writes to Agnes from Redwood Farm Supply and her beloved – and deceased – Abuelita. I’m meeting with students on Monday morning to talk about summer reading. Jones’s novel will be at the top of my list.)


Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff (All of Graff’s novels are awesome, but I have a soft spot for Albie, the 10-year-old main character of Absolutely Almost.  No one seems to understand him – Albie’s father isn’t around much and his mother criticizes his reading selections, telling him that “Captain Underpants is for babies.” He doesn’t get any relief from his grandfather either. But then he meets Calista, his new babysitter and an art student, who actually listens to Albie.)


The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea by Eileen Beha (This is just an old fashioned – in the good sense – story. It’s told from the perspective of Throckmorton Sock Monkey!)


The Perfect Place by Teresa Harris (Twelve-year-old Treasure and her younger sister have to move to Virginia to live with their great aunt Grace.)


Saving Kabul Corner by N.H. Senzai (Eleven-year-old Ariana and her family’s grocery store, Kabul Corner, is  threatened when another Afghan grocery store opens nearby. A perfect introduction to the experiences of immigrants.)


Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (Every-ten year-old may have already read this understandably popular graphic novel about a family road trip, but if you know someone who has missed it, you can be a hero for introducing Telgemeier’s books!)


The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John (A fast-paced story about two pranksters planning the ultimate prank! Give this one to fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.)


The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm (Eleven-year-old Ellie’s life changes when a boy shows up at her house, and he happens to be…..her grandfather!  With his encouragement, she develops an interest in science.)


Blue Mountain by Martine Leavitt (A hero’s journey about Tuk, a bighorn sheep, who leads his flock to a better grazing ground – the blue mountain. The journey, like all good quests, is filled with obstacles – most of them on four legs!)


Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives on the Job by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent (I could have listed more novels, but it seemed a nonfiction book should get a slot and dog books are still a common request by ten-year-olds. Kids will be fascinated by how dogs are trained to smell things like drugs and explosives.)

Last week, I looked over a stairwell into a classroom where a 5th grade girl was reading – and pacing.  It was awesome to watch her turn pages and walk laps around her classroom….







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