Summer Reading!

I’m booktalking in six local elementary schools this week and next week. I need to make a list with pictures of the book covers, so kids can remember the titles. I’m posting them here, the better to spread the word to others.

Here are some recently published books that are wonderful and that can get kids excited about reading!

Besides the covers, I’ll put in links to my reviews, to give you an idea of what I said about these books. Stay tuned — if I haven’t posted the review yet, I will try to do so in the near future.

I generally share books with multiple grades, though this year I have so many good books, sometimes I can get through a day’s booktalking without repeating books. I’ll list the books by grade — but there’s a lot of overlap in which grades would be interested. The grades listed are the ones I’d start with, but as time permits, some books will be shared with adjacent grades as well as or instead of the listed grade.

This list also includes some books I brought along and displayed but didn’t necessarily get a chance to booktalk.

Kindergarten

rules_of_the_house
Rules of the House, by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matt Myers

butterfly_counting
Butterfly Counting, by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Shennen Bersani

hungry_lion
A Hungry Lion, or: A Dwindling Assortment of Animals, by Lucy Ruth Cummins

mango_abuela_and_me
Mango, Abuela, and Me, by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez

one_day_the_end
One Day, the End, by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Fred Koehler

1st Grade

meet_the_dullards
Meet the Dullards, by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

pink_is_for_blobfish
Pink Is for Blobfish, by Jess Keating, with illustrations by David DeGrand

whoosh
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate

hungry_bunny_horde
The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde, by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

2nd Grade

fearless_flyer
Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine, by Heather Lang, illustrated by Raul Colon

how_to_swallow_a_pig
How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-step Advice from the Animal Kingdom, by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

my_pet_human
My Pet Human, by Yasmine Surovec

3rd Grade

secret_coders
Secret Coders, by Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes

great_monkey_rescue
The Great Monkey Rescue: Saving the Golden Lion Tamarins, by Sandra Markle

this_bridge_will_not_be_gray
This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, story by Dave Eggers, art by Tucker Nichols

file_under_13_suspicious_incidents
File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents, by Lemony Snicket

crenshaw
Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate

4th Grade

unusual_chickens
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, by Kelly Jones

wolf_wilder
The Wolf Wilder, by Katherine Rundell

roller_girl
Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson

5th Grade

pax
Pax, by Sara Pennypacker

war_that_saved_my_life
The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

baba_yagas_assistant
Baba Yaga’s Assistant, by Marika McCoola, illustrated by Emily Carroll

hollow_boy
The Hollow Boy, by Jonathan Stroud

watch_out_for_flying_kids
Watch Out for Flying Kids! How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community, by Cynthia Levinson

6th Grade

flying_cars
Flying Cars: The True Story, by Andrew Glass

passion_of_dolssa
The Passion of Dolssa, by Julie Berry

black_dove_white_raven
Black Dove, White Raven, by Elizabeth Wein

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