2020 Lower School Summer Reading

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Thank you for taking on the task of becoming teaching partners over the last two months. Every day was a new challenge, and some were much smoother than others, but it feels like we came together to provide an effective learning environment for the students. I have loved serving as Librarian this year (from on campus and off), and I am looking forward to next year. 
 
What follows are book recommendations (these are not mandatory summer reads) for all grade levels. These lists were compiled with the assistance of School Library Journal, PJ Library, the Horn Book, the ALA, and various publishers’ websites.
 
Parents, one bit of advice from your friendly, neighborhood librarian:  take some time out this summer to hold an actual book in your hands and get lost in a story, if you can. I think that we’ve all come to appreciate the positive ways in which technology can unite us, solve issues, present opportunities, and continue the educational momentum that began last August. But taking a break from the screen can only do us all some good, especially now that we find ourselves at the end of the school year. Read alone in the hammock, with your families by the pool, perhaps while relaxing by the ocean, or by flashlight in the tent on the mountain. 
 
I wish you all a relaxing and joyful summer break. I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with your children throughout the year.
 
Sincerely, 
 
Jennifer Nails, Adelson Campus Librarian/Media Specialist
 

SUMMER READING SITES TO CHECK OUT

 
 

AEC Summer Reading Lists, 2020

 
PRESCHOOL
 
Jack at Bat by Mac Barnett
Jack the rabbit attempts baseball. 
 
No More Naps by Chris Grabenstein 
Annelise gets sleepy after refusing to take her nap.
 
There’s an Alien in your Book by Tom Fletcher 
Our alien friend teaches readers about acceptance and diversity. 
 
Such a Library by Jill Ross Nadler
Retelling of a Yiddish folktale.
  
Bim! Sings the Baby by Linda Glaser
No matter how old or young, Shabbat is for everyone.
 
My Book, No Yours! By Ben Saunders
A retelling of the tortoise and the hare. 
 
You and Me by Rebecca Kai Dolitch
Navigating sibling relationships.
 
Littles:  And How they Grow by Kelly DiPucchio
Celebrating key moments of growth. 
 
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Dad does his daughter’s hair. 
 
Five Elephants by Kevin Henkes
The author of dozens of picture books delights again in this colorful exploration into the elephants’ journey. 
 
 
GRADES K-2nd 
 
The Bug Girl by Sophie Spencer
Based on the author’s hobby, a little girl embraces her love of creepy-crawlies. 
 
How to Read to a Grandma or a Grandpa by Jean Reagan
The grandkids are in charge. 
 
Yasmin the Writer by Saadia Faruqi
Yasmin is challenged with writing about a hero. 
 
The Oldest Student by Rita Lorraine Hubbard (nonfiction)
A 116-year-old woman learns to read.
 
Dozens of Donuts by Carrie Finison
A bear learns to share her donuts.
 
Boxitects by Kim Smith
A creative girl becomes an architect using cardboard boxes.
 
Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman
An unlikely musical talent emerges in the midst of a noisy, bustling metropolis.
 
Flying Beaver Brothers series by Maxwell Eaton
Two wacky brothers get into trouble.
 
Don’t Sneeze at the Wedding by Pamela Mayer
Will flower girl Anna’s sniffles cause her to interrupt what’s going on under her aunt’s chuppah? 
 
 
GRADES 3rd-5th 
 
New Kid by Jerry Kraft  
Kraft’s debut won the 2020 Newbery Medal. 
 
The Cryptid Keeper by Lija Fischer (sequel to the Cryptid Catcher) 
Clivo Wren’s work of catching mythological beasts continues.
 
Lemonade War series by Jacqueline Davies
A brother/sister lemonade stand rivalry.
 
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie series by Julie Sternberg
This 3-book series centers on Eleanor as she moves through the pain of losing a loved nanny, the awkwardness of summer camp, and the nervousness of participating in a play.
 
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Three sisters set off from New York City to San Francisco to spend the summer with their poet mother during the 1960s race riots.
 
One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen Nails
A fifth-grade grade chef uses cooking in an attempt to bring her broken family back together.
 
Stanley will Probably be Fine by Sally J. Pla
Struggling to fit in, Stanley creates an imaginary friend named John. 
 
The Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo
Brother and sister parrots navigate the challenges of living in a pet store. 
 
To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Twelve-year-olds and Bett and Avery discover that their dads are dating. 
 
Winger by Jerry Spinelli
An animal lover is terrified of the day that he will be asked to remove pigeon carcasses following his town’s summer shooting festival.