By Leslie Lindsay
The teacher may be on summer vacation, but that doesn’t mean you–or your kiddo(s)–have to stop learning, right?! Exactly. I was hoping you’d feel that way.
But don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be all gloom and doom. Summer is a great time to get some reading in–for parents and kids alike. You can go the typical route and read all of the Caldecott Medal Winners or your child’s summer book list, or you go with the International Reading Association (IRA)’s suggested list of Notable Books for a Global Society [Awards]. Wow…this is a category I am not familiar with. Thought you’d appreciate the heads-up, too.
You can access the list, dating back to the late 1990’s at www.clrsig.org/nbgs.php
Here are a few to get you started…
- Minji’s Salon by Eun-lee Choung (Kane/Miller Press, 2008)
- Chavela and the Magic Bubble by Monica Brown (Clarion Press, 2010)
- The Forever Forest: Kids Save a Tropical Forest by Joy Pratt-Serafini (Dawn Publications, 2008) (image retrieved from Amazon, 6.25.12)
- Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog by P.S. Turner (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)
- Now is the Time for Running by M. Williams (Little, Brown & Co, 2011)
- Between Shades of Gray (Not 50 Shades of Gray for kids!)
YOUNG ADULT TITLES:
- Karma by C. Ostelere (Penguin, 2011)
- Chu Ju’s House by G. Whelan (Harper Collins, 2004)
- 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by N. S. Nye (Greenwillow, 2002)
For more information on reading lists and the International Reading Association (IRA), see:
- International Reading Assn. http://www.reading.org/General/Default.aspx
- Booklists: http://www.reading.org/Resources/Booklists.aspx/
- Summer Reading for Kids Entering Grades K-6 (Great site…has photos of book covers, just happens to be my old school district…on a fluke!) http://childrensbooks.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=childrensbooks&cdn=parenting&tm=24&gps=201_15_1192_552&f=00&su=p284.13.342.ip_p504.6.342.ip_&tt=3&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/panda/subjectlinks/elemreading.html
- Caldecott Medal Winners, Books http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottwinners/caldecottmedal
This article inspired by a snippet in the Webster World, an alumni publication (Webster University in St. Louis Missouri).