Hooray for Books will host a summer reading program again this year! Between June 21st and September 3rd, come in and buy books. Let us know that you are purchasing the books for the Summer Reading Program, and you will receive a voucher. Complete 10 reading vouchers and you win a prize! All grade levels are welcome, from preschool to high school. Not sure what to read? Ask one of our staff or pick up our Hooray for Summer Reading flyer.
Here are some examples of what we are suggesting:
Entering Preschool: I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
This Giant Squid believes that he is the biggest thing in the ocean. In fact, he’s bigger than the shrimp, and the clams, and the turtles. But, there is one thing in the ocean that is bigger than the giant squid. This book is available in both board book and picture book, so it is great for beginning preschoolers who are ready to love their books to the end, or those who are very gentle with the books they own.
Entering 2nd Grade: Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin
We have raved about this book before. It is a funny book that will capture any chapter-book reader’s attention. It has dogs, it has chickens, it has an evil next-door-neighbor dog, what more does it need? If you’ve already read and loved this book, there’s a sequel that has come out: The Legend of Diamond Lil .
Entering 5th Grade: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
We told you a few weeks ago about the charming Michael Scott stopping by the bookstore to sign books, and in the past few weeks, we have not been able to keep the series on the shelves! This 6-book series is great for summer reading, when you have time to sit down and read a lengthy series. The book is great for those who like Harry Potter because of its fantasy and adventure feel, and just like Harry Potter, you will not being able to put the book down. The other great thing is that while we suggest the series for kids entering 5th grade, it is a good read aloud for the younger set, and a good read for teens and adults!
Middle School: The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine
This book has just come out in paperback, so it makes a nice light travel book. Poor Mike has an “engineering genius” for a father, yet math just does not click for him. When his father has to go off to teach in Romania for the summer, Mike goes to stay with his distant relatives. While with them, he finds that he has a lot more value than he originally thought. If you like this book, we would also suggest Mockingbird by the same author.
High School: The Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness
Are you loving this sudden burst of dystopian and sci-fi novels for teens as much as we are? This is another one that would fit in this category. Todd is a boy who has grown-up his whole life in New World (think of Earth 2.0). To the settlers’ surprise, when they landed on New World, they could suddenly hear everyone’s thoughts, nothing is secret. When Todd is told that he needs to leave his town before his next birthday, trouble arises; after all, how can you keep thoughts secret when everyone can hear them? For more details about this book, check out this glowing review from Megan.
Happy Reading and HOORAY FOR SUMMER!