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2014 Summer Reading List for K-2

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 K-2:

Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad. From the creator of the New York Times bestseller Boing! comes the riotous story of a cat gone berserk–four times over in alphabetical order.

A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems
Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them. An Elephant & Piggie book.

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Having to take her younger sister along the first time she is invited to a birthday party spoils Rubina’s fun, and later when that sister is asked to a party and baby sister wants to come, Rubina must decide whether to help.

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han, illustrated by Julia Kuo
Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition.

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
The reader is invited to count the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins
Profiles a series of animals with unusual eyes and explains how such animals use their uniquely evolved eyes to gain essential information about the biological world.

How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a Velociraptor for a walk, or try to brush a Tyrannosaur’s teeth? We think of dinosaurs as colossal giants, but how big were they REALLY?

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.

Journey by Aaron Becker

A wordless picture book.

Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! by Grace Lin
Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Bored with city life and the proper behavior it requires, Mr. Tiger has a wild idea that leads him to discover his true nature.

Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.

Old Mikamba Had a Farm by Rachel Isadora
The inhabitants of Old Makimba’s farm in Africa, including a baboon, an elephant, and a lion, are described, verse by verse. Includes facts about African animals.

Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
Ol’ Mama Squirrel has raised many babies and kept them all safe from predators, but she may have met her match when a determined grizzly bear threatens to eat her entire family tree.

Panda Kindergarten by Joanne Ryder, photographs by Katherine Feng
Meet the 16 panda cubs who live at the Wolong Nature Reserve in China.

Part-Time Princess by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Cambria Evans
A girl escapes her annoying little brother and the drudgery of school and home life when she travels to a magical kingdom each night and embarks on a series of adventures.

Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Ben Cort
Laugh along to rhyming text about pirates on the search for the Pants of Gold.

Rain! by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christian Robinson
As an old man grumbles his way through a rainy morning, spreading gloom, his neighbor, a young child, spreads cheer while hopping through puddles in frog-themed rainwear.

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
Meet Scaredy Squirrel, a squirrel who never leaves his nut tree because he’s afraid of the unknown “out there.” But then, something unexpected happens that may just change his outlook.

Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more.

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Wilfred is a boy with rules. He lives a very orderly life. It’s fortunate, then, that he has a pet who abides by rules, such as not making noise while Wilfred educates him on his record collection. There is, however, one rule that Wilfred’s pet has difficulty following: Going whichever way Wilfred wants to go. Perhaps this is because Wilfred’s pet doesn’t quite realize that he belongs to anyone.

The Three Ninja Pigs by Cory Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat
In this twist on “The Three Little Pigs” tale, Pig One and Two neglect their ninja school martial arts training and are no match for the wolf, but Pig Three’s practice and dedication saves the day. Includes glossary of Japanese martial arts terms.

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
Envy turns to admiration and finally to friendship for Goat and Unicorn.

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter
This book traces out the life and career of Jane Goodall as a watcher of English fauna to her adult work as scholar of animal behavior in Africa.

Check back soon for grades 3-5 and 6-8, as well as our staff picks for pre-K and grades 7-9! 

Win a Copy of The Fault in Our Stars!


John Green’s wildly popular YA Novel The Fault in Our Stars is being released as a movie on June 6, 2014. The book follows sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, who has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. The Fault in Our Stars has received rave reviews from seemingly every reviewer, and Time Magazine even called it the “Best Fiction Book of the Year.” 

Haven’t read it yet? Or want your very own copy to re-read and dog-ear? Stop by either circulation desk at the library and check out a book to enter! The contest is open to all ages. One entry per day. Three winners will be notified on June 9, 2014. 

In the meantime, check out John Green’s website here for more info and the official movie website here.


Good luck!

The April Reading Challenge Winners are….

Cheyenne Slusmeyer and Cassandra Pill! Congratulations to the two of you!

The April Reading Challenge included a Mad-Lib style excerpt taken from the iconic poem O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman in addition to reading 5 books. Here are our entries:

O Subjects! My Subjects!
O followers! My followers! our fearful job is done;
The rain has weather’d every rack, the war we sought is won;
The time is near, the sounds I hear, the people all cheer,
While blinking eyes the steady rise, the brave grim and daring;
But O peasants! Servants! Followers!
O the beautiful drops of life!
Where on the Earth my secret lies,
My secret is sure to die.

O Joy! My Relief!
O Joy! My relief! our fearful war is done;
The soldier has weather’d every rack, the victory we sought is won;
The crowd is near, the voices I hear, the people all rejoice,
While gleeful eyes the steady passage, the sadly grim and daring;
But O sorrow! Peace! Relief!
O the many drops of tears,
Where on the ground my brother lies,
Never to return home again. 

O Friend! My Mom!
O Friend! My Mom! our fearful job is done;
The ear has weather’d every rack, the rack we sought is won;
The storm is near, the rocks I hear, the people all gather,
While our eyes the steady move, the shave grim and daring:
But O Girl! Girl! Girl!
O the big drops of rain,
Where on Earth my friend lies,
On the beach. 

O Captain! My Commander!
O Captain! My Leader! our fearful deed is done;
The storm has weather’d every rack, the battle we sought is won;
The end is near, the cries I hear, the people all shout and cheer,
While Captain eyes the steady mast, the flag grim and daring:
But O Captain! Leader! Commander!
O the innocent drops of blood,
Where on the deck my body lies,
The battle is won, the deed is done, and now I rest in peace.

O Freedom! My Forlorn!
O Freedom! My Forlorn! our fearful wait is done;
The Nazi has weather’d every rack, the freedom we sought is won;
The end is near, the pain I hear, the people all crying,
While jewish eyes the steady stare, the gassing grim and daring:
But O Freedom! Free! Fatality!
O the laboring drops of mortality,
Where on the spot my deathbed lies,
When the Holocaust reign flies.

O Shiloh! My Darling!
O Shiloh! My Dog! our fearful day is done;
The rain has weather’d every rack, the war we sought is won;
The sun is near, the sounds I hear, the people all around,
While wide eyes the steady stare, the road grim and daring:
But O Shiloh! Shiloh! Shiloh!
O the wet drops of rain,
Where on the porch my Shiloh lies,
No dog park for me today.

O Captain! My Captain!
O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen, cold, and dead.

O Book! My Book!
O Book! My Book! our fearful reading is done;
The cover has weather’d every rack, the books we sought is won;
The end is near, the words I hear, the people all around.
While the eyes the steady, the book are grim and daring:
But O book! book! book!
O the book drops off the rack,
Where on the rack my book lies,
I don’t know. 

O Goodness! My Violin!
O Goodness! My Violin! our fearful piano is done;
The horn has weather’d every rack, the tree we sought is won;
The summer is near, the Spring I hear, the people all singing,
While my eyes the steady gold, the liberty grim and daring:
But O yummy! yummy! So good!
O the yummy drops of orange juice,
Where on the tongue my tongue lies,
In my mouth.

Great poetry from our participants! Keep your eyes pealed for May’s Reading Challenge (calling all Divergent fans!)