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2014 Summer Reading List for 3rd-5th Grades

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of The American Library Association (ALA) has released its 2014 summer reading lists for grades K-8. Encouraging children to read over the summer can help them retain more information so that they are ready for the next school year.

Here are the books ALSC recommends for those in grades 3-5:

The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit
by Laurie Keller
Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano
Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780805090765.
Arnie the pet “doughnut dog”
always has a fun time at the
bowling alley, until something
causes his owner to throw
gutter ball after gutter ball.

Battle Bunny
by Jon Scieszka and Mac
Barnett, illustrated by
Matthew Myers
Simon & Schuster, 2013
ISBN: 9781442446731.
Gran Gran gave Alexander a
beautiful book about Birthday
Bunny, but Alexander decides
to “create” his own book
about Battle Bunny, which
suits his tastes much better.

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself
by Lincoln Peirce
HarperCollins, 2010
ISBN: 9780061944345.
Supremely confident middleschool
student Nate Wright
manages to make getting
detention from every one of
his teachers in the same day
seem like an achievement.
First in a series.

The Birchbark House
by Louise Erdrich
Hyperion, 1999
ISBN: 9780786814541 (PB).
Omakayas, a young Ojibwa
girl living near Lake Superior in
the mid-1800s, cares for her
baby brother and experiences
the growing settlement of
white people on her family’s
land. First in a series.

Bluffton: My Summers with Buster
by Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780763650797.
Muskegon, Michigan, is an
ordinary town until a band
of vaudeville performers,
including young Buster
Keaton, decide to spend the
summer there.

Clementine
by Sara Pennypacker,
illustrated by Marla Frazee
Hyperion, 2006
ISBN: 9780786838820.
While sorting through
difficulties in her friendship
with her neighbor Margaret,
eight-year-old Clementine
gains several unique hairstyles
while also helping banish the
pigeons from her apartment
building. First in a series.

The Day-Glo Brothers
by Chris Barton
Charlesbridge, 2009
ISBN: 9781570916731.
The true story of two brothers
who, messing around in their
basement, discover colors
that glow in the dark.

Doll Bones
by Holly Black, illustrated by
Eliza Wheeler
Simon & Schuster/Margaret K.
McElderry, 2013
ISBN: 9781416963981.
Three friends set off for an
adventure to bury a haunted
doll made of the bones of a
long-ago girl.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
by Chris Grabenstein
Random House, 2013
ISBN: 9780375870897.
Kyle, a huge lover of games,
G r a d e s 3 – 5
gets to spend the night in Mr.
Lemoncello’s amazing new
library and join in the biggest
game of all—with a prize
beyond his imagination.
The Grand Plan to Fix

Everything
by Uma Krishnaswami,
illustrated by Abigail Halpin
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2011
ISBN: 9781416995906 (PB).
Bollywood fan Dini is moving to
India. Will she get a chance to
meet her favorite movie star?
Inside Out and Back

Again
by Thanhha Lai
HarperCollins, 2011
ISBN: 9780061962783.
Hà escapes South Vietnam
with her family and finds that
life is very different in the
United States.

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
by Marilyn Singer, illustrated
by Josée Masse
Dutton, 2010
ISBN: 9780525479017.
Read these poems both
forwards and backwards for a
wild new spin on your favorite
fairy tale characters!

The Mysterious Benedict
Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart,
illustrated by Carson Ellis
Little, Brown; 2007
ISBN: 9780316057776.
After passing a series of
mind-bending tests, four
children are selected for a
secret mission that requires
them to go undercover at the
Learning Institute for the Very
Enlightened, where the only
rule is that there are no rules.
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous

Tales: One Dead Spy
by Nathan Hale
Abrams/Amulet Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781419703966.
Just before Nathan Hale
is hung as a spy in the
Revolutionary War, he tells
a British soldier and the
hangman a bit of American
history.

Out of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum,
2010, ISBN: 9781416971702.
Considered by many to be
intellectually disabled, a
brilliant, impatient fifth-grader
with cerebral palsy is given
her voice with a technological
device, opening the door to a
new life.

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
by Liesl Shurtliff
Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
ISBN: 9780307977939.
Twelve-year-old Rump goes
on a quest to discover his true
identity and to break a magical
curse in this humorous take
on the classic fairy tale.

Serafina’s Promise
by Ann E. Burg
Scholastic, 2013
ISBN: 9780545535649.
Serafina, who lives in Haiti,
longs to become a doctor, but
how will she find the money
and the time, when her family
needs her help with chores,
and earthquakes and floods
keep setting them back?
Spirit Animals, Book One:

Wild Born
by Brandon Mull
Scholastic, 2013
ISBN: 9780545522434.
In Erdas, four children have
four mighty spirit animals,
but can these kids and their
animals save their world?
First in a series.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by Tom Angleberger
Abrams/Amulet Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780810984257.
Sixth-grader Tommy and
his friends describe their
interactions with a paper
finger puppet of Yoda as they
try to figure out whether or not
the puppet can really predict
the future. First in a series.

The 13-Story Treehouse
by Andy Griffiths, illustrated
by Terry Denton
Feiwel and Friends, 2013
ISBN: 9781250026903.
Join Andy and Terry for
adventures in their amazing
treehouse, complete with
bowling alley, see-through
swimming pool, lemonade
fountain, and man-eatingshark
tank!

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
by Stephan Pastis
Candlewick Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780763660505.
Introducing Total Failure, Inc.,
the best detective agency in
town, run by eleven-year-old
Timmy Failure and his partner,
Total, a 1,500-pound polar
bear. First in a series.

Tuesdays at the Castle
by Jessica Day George
Bloomsbury, 2011
ISBN: 9781599906447.
On Tuesdays, Castle Glower
takes on a life of its own,
magically rearranging itself.
When the castle is ambushed,
it’s up to Princess Celie to
save the day. First in a series.
Weird but True: 300

Outrageous Facts
National Geographic Children’s Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781426305948 (PB).
These facts are outrageous,
wacky, funny, weird . . . and
all true! You won’t be able
to stop flipping through this
incredible book.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin
Little, Brown; 2009
ISBN: 9780316114271.
Minli and a dragon begin a
quest to find the Old Man
on the Moon, who may have
answers to Minli’s family’s
troubles.
Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy
by Tui T. Sutherland
Scholastic, 2012
ISBN: 9780545349185.
Five young dragons from
different tribes must face
treachery and deceit and work
together to fulfill the prophecy
that will bring an end to the
dragon wars. First in a series.

Check back soon for grades 6-8, as well as our staff picks for pre-K and grades 7-9! 

Skype with author Kathleen Duey today at 1 pm!

Our final summer book club session is today, Monday, July 11 at 1 pm. We’re concluding with a special program – a live video chat via Skype with award-winning author Kathleen Duey!

Kathleen is the author of many popular series for kids & teens, including Faeries’ Promise, Hoofbeats, & Resurrection of Magic. Her novel Skin Hunger (book 1 in Resurrection of Magic) was nominated for the prestigious National Book Award in 2007.

Join us for this wonderful opportunity on Monday, July 11  at 1 pm! We’ll also have autographed books (signed by an author of a super popular series) & other gifts!

Skype with author Kathleen Duey!

Our final summer book club session will be this Monday, July 11 at 1 pm. We’re concluding with a special program – a live video chat via Skype with award-winning author Kathleen Duey!

Kathleen is the author of many popular series for kids & teens, including Faeries’ Promise, Hoofbeats, & Resurrection of Magic. Her novel Skin Hunger (book 1 in Resurrection of Magic) was nominated for the prestigious National Book Award in 2007.

Join us for this wonderful opportunity on Monday, July 11  at 1 pm! We’ll also have autographed books (signed by an author of a super popular series) & other gifts!

Talk with author Jessica Burkhart today!

Today is our first author video chat via Skype with Jessica Burkhart. Ms. Burkhart is offering us 1 hour of her time to answer questions, talk about her books (the popular series Canterwood Crest), and discuss the process of writing and getting published.

Please stop by the 2nd floor Conference Room today at 1 pm for this exciting author chat!

Our first author Skype chat is coming up!

On Monday, June 27, the youth book club will have its first author video chat via Skype with Jessica Burkhart. Ms. Burkhart is offering us 1 hour of her time to answer questions, talk about her books (the popular series Canterwood Crest), and discuss the process of writing and getting published.

This Monday’s book club will be devoted to preparing our questions and learning more about Ms. Burkhart. Please stop by the 2nd floor Conference Room at 1 pm to help us get ready for this exciting author chat! Activities and snacks are also planned, so I hope to see you on Monday!

And make sure you come on June 27 from 1-2 pm so you can get the chance to talk to Jessica Burkhart!

 

2011 Summer Reading Program starts tomorrow!

Monday, June 6 marks the first day in the 2011 Summer Reading Program. The tween/teen program is the first to start with the book club at 1 pm – join other readers for a chance to discuss your favorite books. Stick around for the next program at 2 pm –  you get the chance to make your very own didgeridoo!

The children’s program starts Tuesday with Kentucky Down Under presenting 3 shows at 10 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Can’t make it Tuesday? They’ll be back Wednesday for 3 more shows! We hear they’re bringing a kangaroo!

And don’t forget to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge! Kids aged 5-10 get a free backpack filled with coupons to Kentucky attractions once they fill out their reading form with 10 books they’ve read.

Those aged 11-17 participate in the tween/teen summer challenge – just fill out your reading passport with 6 books you’ve read for your free book bag and a chance to win a Sony e-reader! Then check out the international photo display in nonfiction - identify each photo and be entered to win a Flip video camera!

 

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Visit our website for the full lineup of performers and events. Click here for the children’s program and click here for the tween/teen program.

 

We hope to see you soon!