This is the last installment of my school’s Summer Reading 2013 list: A Collaboration of the Newton Public School Library Teachers & the Newton Free Children’s Librarians. I wanted to share my list with you since it’s likely on your library shelves. And I’ll use your list for the same reason.
The rest of the lists are here:
Rising Kindergarten Summer Reading List
Out on the Prairie by Donna Bateman
A 1 through 10 counting book featuring prairie animals of the Badlands National Park.
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
A young girl narrates her family’s move from the city to the country, where they have bought a piece of land and live in a new trailer while they build a house from the ground up.
Sophie’s Fish by A. E. Cannon
Jake starts to worry about everything that could go wrong when he agrees to take care of his friend Sophie’s fish for the weekend.
Little Lost Dog: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Monica Carnesi
A dog is rescued after days afloat on a sheet of ice in the Baltic Sea.
The Fly Flew In by David Catrow
A fly flies into a concert hall wreaking havoc.
Plant a Little Seed by Bonnie Christensen
Two friends plant seeds in their community garden, then water, weed, wait, and dream as the plants grow until they can be harvested. Includes facts about gardening and harvest festivals.
Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta
Late at night, when all is quiet and everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in search of treasure.
My son really loves this picture book. The illustrations by Ed Young really add an interesting twist to the book!
It’s Raining, It’s Pouring by Christine Davinier
Intertwines lyrics to various children’s songs with an indoor game of hide-and-seek.
The Ant and the Grasshopper by Rebecca Emberley
In this version of the classic fable, a weary ant is energized by the swinging sounds of a grasshopper and his “buggy” band.
Night Sky Wheel Ride by Sheree Fitch
Presents a poem about a ride on a Ferris wheel at night.
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.
What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf? by Debi Gliori
Mr. Wolf’s day is packed, not only with his own activities and errands but with such characters as three giggling pigs and a fiddling cat continually asking him what time it is, until, at last, it is bedtime.
Noisy Poems for a Busy Day by Robert Heidbreder
Chock-full of playful pocket-sized poems that capture adventures big and small in a child’s day.
Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist
Goat is the grumpiest animal at Sunny Acres farm until he remembers that there is more to life than eating and being alone.
There Was a Tree by Rachel Isadora
A version of the cumulative song “The Green Grass Grew All Around,” set in Africa.
My First Day by Steve Jenkins
“Explore some of the fascinating things that animals do on their first day.”
The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers
This clever picture book introduces a plucky rabbit and the new companion that he just can’t shake.
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue
At bedtime, a young girl asks “Does everything in the world go to sleep?”
Up, Tall and High by Ethan Long
Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high.
Max and Milo Go to Sleep! by Heather Long
It is bedtime for two beaver brothers but Milo has a very hard time trying to fall asleep, despite some good advice from Max.
Sick Day by David McPhail
When Boy is sick, his friends Dog and Bird try to help him feel better.
Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon
A little boy’s grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, teach him about baseball and its rich, varying cultural traditions.
A reminder that the Japanese love baseball too in this charming multicultural picture book!
Mooshka, a Quilt Story by Julie Mooshka Paschkis
Karla’s quilt Mooshka tells her stories about the pieces of fabric that Mooshka is made from, but when Karla’s baby sister is born, Mooshka falls silent until Karla overcomes her jealousy and shares Mooshka with the baby.
Body Actions by Shelley Rotner
Young readers learn about the human body and how the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, and circulatory systems function.
A Home for Bird by Philip Stead
Vernon the toad takes the silent Bird on a journey in hopes of finding Bird’s home.
A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse by Frank Viva
A boy and a mouse take a bumpy sea journey to the majestic expanses of the Antarctic, where they see the sights and meet new friends.
Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates
Dog loves drawing so much that he draws his very own adventure.
Mousterpiece by Jane Breskin Zalben
Janson the mouse, who lives in a museum, becomes an acclaimed artist by copying the styles of paintings she sees there. Includes notes about the artists and works featured.
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