Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Summer Reading 2013

All of the Lawrence recommended/ required titles are available in our library as well as the public library and at local bookstores.

Required titles are as follows:

Entering 1st grade: Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
Entering 2nd grade: Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same by Grace Lin
Entering 3rd grade: CHOOSE ONE of the following:
Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Lenore Look
Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke
Spunky Tells All by Ann Cameron
Entering 4th grade: The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
Entering 5th grade: The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
Entering 6th grade: The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
Entering 7th grade: The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
Entering 8th grade: The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman

Students will be engaged in discussion around the required title in the fall.

In addition, students will be given an extensive list (prepared by the district's elementary librarians) of many other titles to enjoy over the summer.

While you are waiting for our list to be published, here's a link to Horn Book Magazine's summer reading suggestions for kids: Horn Book Summer Suggestions
Horn Book is an excellent resource for the best in children's books. It's one of the resources I use to select books for our library.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Spring in the library

Lots happening in the library in the next few weeks:

Author Loree Griffin Burns will be coming for her rescheduled visit with the middle school students on Friday, May 17. We are greatly looking forward to the visit -- it had to be rescheduled due to snow-- and we imagine she will inspire lots of future authors and scientists in the audience!

Parents will be receiving order forms for summer reading titles soon. This service is offered as a convenience to parents and is in no way required-- all of the titles are readily available at the public libraries and through your local bookstore.

The district librarians have been hard at work revising the extensive summer reading packet that all Brookline students receive in June. During their last library visit, all students will participate in a preview of the books on the summer reading list and will get a chance to peruse the books, hopefully encouraging lots of reading this summer! Students will receive a hard copy of the packet before they leave for the summer and the list will also be available online for your convenience.