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2013 Summer Reading List

Join the SJES Summer Reading Incentive program this summer and earn a prize! Here's how it works:

  1. Go to the library!  Review the list below and find some books you think you might enjoy.  Check them out and take them home.
  2. Read!  Maybe you will read it yourself, maybe with your parents, or your grandparents.  Maybe you and a friend will choose the same book and talk about the characters as your imagination takes the lead.  What ever you do, read your books!
  3. For every book you read, add something from it to your Summer Reading Collage.  It could be a picture you draw, a picture you Xerox and color, a quote you like from the book, or a description of your favorite scene.  Use your imagination!
  4. Repeat step three as many times as you like!  To win your incentive you must have at least five books represented on your collage.
  5. When the new school year begins bring your collage to the library and present it to your class.
  6. A Prize!  Guess what?!  Not only did you get to read some incredible stories but if you have at least FIVE BOOKS represented on your collage you win a certificate for an ice cream!  Go You!

The below list was compiled from a combination of Virginia Readers’ Choice books, Mrs. Fuller’s favorites, and recommendations from your children.

Kindergarten and Grade 1
Oh No, George! by Chris George Haughton
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
These Hands by Margaret Mason
Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen
A Zeal of Zebras: An Alphabet of Collective Nouns by Woop Studios
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russel Hoban
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French, illustrated by Bruce Whatley (Learn how to train your humans.)
A Green, Green Garden by Mercer Mayer (Plant some seeds and watch them grow with everyone's favorite Little Critter.)
Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith (This little guy conquers snaps, buttons, Velcro and other challenges in this simple comic tale.)
My Best Friend by Mary Ann Rodman, illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Tamika is Lily's best friend. She just doesn't know it yet.)
Pezzettino by Leo Lionni (Big or small, Pezzettino learns that when it comes to finding your place in the world, size doesn't matter.)
See Me Run by Paul Meisel (Digging dogs find a dino in this easy to read caper.)
A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom (A persistent goose wins over a grumpy polar bear.)
Subway Ride by Heather Lynn Miller, illustrated by Sue Ramá (Zip through ten of the world's subway stations with kids as your guides.)
Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka (How to make a new friend in 34 words or less.)
Zelda and Ivy: The Big Picture by Laura Mcgee Kvasnosky (Three foxy friends become stealthy secret agents.)

Ants by Melissa Stewart - Learn creepy and cool facts about these amazing picnic crashers.
Bats by Elizabeth Carney - Meet the flying mammals that flock by the hundreds and sleep upside down.
Meet the Dinosaurs by Dorling Kindersley, Inc. - Say hello to everyone from the armored Ankylosaurus to the tough Triceratops.
Rocks and Minerals by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld - From molten lava to dazzling gemstones find out about your favorite rocks.
Snakes Slither and Hiss by Dorling Kindersley, Inc. - Scales, forked tongues, and flying tree snakes, oh my!
Biscuit - Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Brownie and Pearl - Cynthia Rylan
Froggy - Jonathan London
Robin Hill School - Margaret McNamara
Mouse & Mole – Wong Herbert Yee

Grade Two, Three & Four
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel divided by 1 Dog = Chaos by Vivian Vande Velde
The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Bad News for Outlaws by Vaunda Michaux Nelson
Because of Mr.Terupt by Rob Buyea
Ellie Ever by Nancy Ruth Patterson
Emily’s Fortune by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wright
Mirror,Mirror:A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer
Cicada Summer (HC) by Andrea Beaty
Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin
Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile (These two girls are best buddies because sometimes opposites attract.)
Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee (. . . and the news is even worse than she feared.)
EllRay Jakes Is a Rock Star! by Sally Warner, illustrated by Jamie Harper (EllRay hopes to become more popular in school by giving away his geologist father's crystals.)
Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say (The author's grandfather loves his new country but is still homesick for Japan.)
Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson, illustrated by Frank Morrison (After she forgets her journal at mean-girl Tiffany's house, Keena's afraid all her secrets will be revealed.)
Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! by Stephen McCranie (Time traveling's easy compared to dealing with school bullies and girls.)
A Poor Excuse for a Dragon by Geoffrey Hayes (To Do: "Run amok / Eat people / Roar / Breathe fire / Act scary.)
Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Zooms to the Rescue by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Miguel Benítez (Using his super-speedy shoes and his new silver goggles Freddie solves the mystery of the strange purple squirrel.)

African Acrostics: A Word in Edgeways by Avis Harley, photographs by Deborah (Noyes Word puzzlers for animal lovers.)
Archaeologists Dig for Clues by Kate Duke (These real-life detectives look for secrets about our ancient past.)
Discovery in the Cave by Mark Dubowski, illustrated by Bryn Barnard (Four boys and a dog make a once in a lifetime discovery.)
Knockin’ On Wood: Starring Peg Leg Bates by Lynne Barasch (Despite losing his leg at 12, this African-American went on to become a world famous tap dancer.)
The Life and Times of the Ant by Charles Micucci Fun facts and funny pictures about one of the world's most ancient insects.
One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin by Kathryn Lasky, illustrated by Matthew Trueman (How a bug-loving kid grew up to become the world's most famous scientist.)
Captain Awesome - Stan Kirby
Julian - Ann Cameron
Mercy Watson - Kate DiCamillo
26 Fairmont Avenue - Tomie DePaola
Stink - Megan McDonald


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