Today’s summer reading list is for emerging readers, kids who begin asking for chapter books . New readers are enthusiastic, and their book list is a long one, including classics like Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel and the Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker. Those books are well known, but there are many recently published books for the new reader in your life. Here are ten books to “check out” this summer:
Wolfie and Fly by Cary Fagan (celebrating the joys and possibilities of a cardboard box – and making new friends)
The Adventures of Sophie Mouse by Poppy Green (this quickly became one of the most popular series in our school library. Many of the first and second graders traded them, talked about them, and asked to “be first” when there was a new one!)
DATA series by Ada Hopper (I’m thinking of a second grade boy who raced through these as fast as he could. We would leave the “next book” on our desk in the morning so he could come in to return the one he read the night before – and start reading)
Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami (a stand-alone early chapter book and one of my favorite books of the year – a great book to teach that small actions can make a big difference)
The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau (two rats want to show their dad how tough they are, but things don’t go according to plan. Sequel will be out in September)
The Claude books by Alex T. Smith (I didn’t do enough to push Claude this year, but will fix that in September. A beret-wearing dog’s adventures with his friend Sir Bobblysock who is, actually, a sock.)
Charlie and Mouse by Laurel Snyder (the episodic adventures of two brothers)
Hilo series by Judd Winnick (a really popular series in our library – a story of bravery and robots!)
And two books from our nonfiction list:
Margaret and the Moon by Dean Robbins (the life of a young girl who grew up to be a NASA software engineer for Project Apollo)
Coral Reefs by Jason Chin (All of Chin’s nature books are inspiring and beautiful. This one is an introduction to coral reefs.)
One more book that didn’t make it onto Inly’s list….
The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry by Danna Smith is one of those books that a child will probably not find on their own, but will be grateful if you lead them to it. The story of a medieval girl who learns about falconry from her father, the book follows them training a hawk for a hunt and includes sidebars with interesting facts. For example, the hawks wear bells on their legs so the falconer can hear them after they’ve caught their prey. Bagram Ibatoulline’s illustrations are stunning and realistic, but luckily they spare the viewer any “too realistic” views. I would recommend it to readers between the ages of 7 and 12.