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AEC Summer 2019 Reading Recommendations

May, 2019
 
Dear Adelson families,
Hello from the campus library. I am excited to share with you our summer reading lists for 2019. What follows are book recommendations (these are not mandatory summer reads) for all grade levels (Preschool-12th grade), links to programs and activity guides, and information about summer reading-centered events in Las Vegas. These book lists were compiled with the assistance of School Library Journal, PJ Library, the Horn Book and various publishers’ websites (Scholastic and Harper Collins, to name a few). 
 
According to the Summer Reading Program Impact Study published in 2015 by the Virginia Public Libraries, the top three components that make up a successful summer reading experience are “parent involvement, a variety of library activities, and community support of the programs.” I noted that “parent involvement” was number one on this short list. In addition to participating in summer reading programs, there are many small things that parents can do over the summer to ensure that children continue on their journey as readers. Here are a few:
 
Read. If you are reading, they will most likely get the hint. You are showing your children that reading is something that’s fun to do, something relaxing, something fulfilling that brings joy. Reading does not only take place between August and May as part of homework. This tactic may not be an overnight success, but if as parents we are reading in front of our children, they will ideally follow suit.
 
Write.Yes, write. Anything. In a journal. In a notebook. Recipes. If you have time, create a silly story with your child. You write one sentence, then have him or her write the next (or they dictate and you write it down). Read the story together for the rest of the family. Writing always begets reading (and sometimes vice versa).
 
Talk about what you’ve read/written. It is inside of these conversations that we can help to solidify the learning and understanding that may have taken place in a child’s mind and heart after reading something. Whether you are traveling this summer with your family or taking it easy and enjoying the break in Las Vegas, there are a whole host of summer reading activities in which you and your child(ren) can engage. The above tactics can be accomplished in the car, the plane, the train, in the hotel, on the beach, you name it.
 
I wish you all a relaxing and joyful summer break. I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with your children in the library this year.
 
Sincerely,
Jennifer Nails, Adelson Campus Librarian/Media Specialist
 

SUMMER READING IDEAS FOR STUDENTS:

 

SUMMER READING IDEAS FOR ADULTS:

 
 
PRESCHOOL
26 Big Things Small Hands Do by Colleen Paratore
The ABCs of mitzvot.
 
After the Fall by Dan Santat
But what does Humpty Dumpty do once he gets up again?
 
Drawn Together by Minh Le
A boy and his grandpa find connection with sketch pads and markers in hand.
 
Don’t Blink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
For little ones at bedtime.
 
Bim! Sings the Baby by Linda Glaser
No matter how old or young, Shabbat is for everyone.
 
Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
Nonfiction from this popular picture book author (Incredible Book Eating Boy) focusing on the beauty of our planet.
 
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be,” says a mother to her baby, then toddler, then teenager, then adult son. Roles reverse at book’s end.
 
I Got It by David Wiesner
This nearly textless picture book centers on that time spent in the outfield, waiting for a fly.
 
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
Everyone is tired after a day spent at the beach.
 
The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir Sehgal
A retelling of the old favorite, set in India.
 
 
K-2nd Grade
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Beautifully illustrated look into how all children are connect through the power of school community.
 
Celie Valentineseries by Julie Sternberg
Celie works through tough friendship issues.
 
Gloria Takes a Stand by Jessica Rinker
The life of Gloria Steinem.
 
I Got Next by Daria Peoples-Riley (local author)
A young athlete receives confidence while on the basketball court.
 
Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman
An unlikely musical talent emerges in the midst of a noisy, bustling metropolis.
 
Kung Pao Chicken series by Cyndi Marko
Unlikely superheroes save the day.
 
Little Spacecraft by Dr. Mom
A picture book based on the Israeli SpaceIL spacecraft.
 
Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale
Princess Magnolia is not as “froofy” as she may appear.
 
Revolting Recipes by Roald Dahl
From the imagination of master storyteller Dahl, recipes that are as unaesthetic as they are tasty.
 
Wrenly series by Jordan Quinn
Prince Lucas and Clara team up for adventures.
 
 
3rd-5th Grade
The Cryptid Catcher by Lija Fischer
Clivo Wren attempts to finish his father’s important work of catching mythological beasts.
 
A Dash of Dragon by Heidi Lang
A young girl must find a sought-after, traditional dragon recipe for her restaurant before it’s too late.
 
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (Newbery Medal winner, 2018)
Four storylines converge with the hunt for a missing child the catalyst.
 
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.
 
Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (Newbery Medal winner, 2019)
A sixth-grade girl is faced with competition and alienation from the more affluent students at her private school.
 
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.
 
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
Prequel to the best-selling novel, The Crossover.
 
The Tree in the Courtyard by Jeff Gottesfeld
Achingly beautiful picture book focusing on the tree outside of Anne Frank’s secret annex during World War II.
 
 
 
6th-8th Grade
All Three Stooges by Erica Perl
Seventh grade friends, on the brink of becoming Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, gingerly deal with loss through the unlikely lens of comedy.
 
Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
Emily discovers a family secret that sends her on an incomparable journey.
 
Awkward,Brave, and Crush by Svetlana Chmakova
This graphic novel series features memorable characters and relevant themes including bullying, censorship, and relationships.
 
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch (Newbery Honor winner, 2019)
A magical boy sets out on a terrifying journey.
 
Breakout by Kate Messner
After two inmates break out of a maximum-security prison in her town, Nora’s world may never be the same. 
 
Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan
Based on Norse mythology, and for fans of the Half-Blood and Kane Chronicles.
 
Posted by John David Anderson
When a middle school revokes cell phone privileges, students begin using post-it notes in creative ways.
 
Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
Finding friendship in reform school.
 
Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
A young, female chimney sweep befriends a golem.
 
Zenobia by Morten Durr
A graphic novel featuring one young Syrian girl’s terrifying experience during the civil war.
 
 
 
HIGH SCHOOL
All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan
Following his father’s failed suicide attempt, 15-year-old Ronny does his best to take care of his family.  
 
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
Adapted from the Broadway musical, one high schooler’s struggle to find connection.
 
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
Diverse high school students attempt to find their versions of G-d.
 
How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
Seventeen different perspectives on a police shooting. Which one will you agree with?
 
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
A heartbreaking look into mental illness.
 
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
A rapper’s journey by this NY Times best-selling author.
 
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
Upon entering a new high school, Rafe chooses to go back into the closet in order to avoid the “funny gay friend” stereotype and to get in touch with his masculinity.
 
The Truth about Leaving by Natalie Blitt
A high school girl falls in love with an Israeli exchange student.
 
Were girl series by Cathleen Davit Bell
Track star turned Werewolf.
 
What I Leave Behind by Allison McGhee
A teenaged boy cannot sit still due to a disturbing event in a good friend’s life.