Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Updated Summer Reading

Thank you all for your suggestions! I have to respond to one comment here because it gave me such a chuckle...

Deirdre says:
As for light, fun reads-- If you don't mind YA (My main reading these days since it's next to the children's room at our library and short enough that I don't neglect the kids!), there are some good ones...

I'm sorry... is there really any other part of the library? I hear tell of a mysterious place called "adult fiction/non-fiction", and even though books that I have requested from that location magically appear on the "ready to be picked up" hold shelf, I've never actually seen it. I can only assume that it really does exist and if it does, maybe, one day, I'll get to see it for myself! : )

So we went to the library and now, I have to add to the "saved for later" pile but not saved for too long because these "saved for laters" now have a due date attached to them. Curse you, New Acquisitions Shelf!

Here are a few that made their way into the library basket...

for myself:
Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail
Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss by Danica McKellar (It's Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years! How cool is she? These days you have to respect a child actor who doesn't end up weird or dead in a ditch somewhere. I'm curious to see what kind of writer she is. )

a couple to preview for Sunshine:
Kristina, The Girl King by Carolyn Meyer
Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country by Kathryn Lasky

for our year round school science study: 

Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn Branley
The Reasons for Seasons by Gail Gibbons
Summer by Ann Herriges
The Nature and Science of Summer (Exploring the Science of Nature) by Jane Burton

a little rain...
Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn Branley
Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn Branley
Thunder and Lightning by Elizabeth Miles

a lot of rain...
Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Kirby Larson
Hurricanes!by Gail Gibbons
Hurricane & Tornado (DK Eyewitness Books) by Jack Challoner
The Magic School Bus Inside A Hurricane by Joanna Cole

(We are doing a little weather/nature study and reminding ourselves about the dangerous weather we sometimes have to prepare for but hope not to see!)


  1. I read a book called Isaac's Storm about the hurricane that destroyed Galveston at the beginning of the 20th C. It was an awesome book. Maybe a bit too old for the kids, but you should look at it. Not just weather, but the beginnings of the National Weather Center.

  2. Oh, Sara,
    I have read other books written about the Hurricane of 1900 and the story and descriptions just broke my heart! What a terrible disaster to have lived through!

  3. I enjoyed Isaac's storm, well, enjoyed isn't the right word, but...it was good....-- but I wouldn't read it to my kids...the part where he's helping bury the dead is just...too much.. I think.....

    I like the idea of a weather unit, though! Espeially since my 6 year old freaks out every time she hears thunder!

  4. The words "Tornado Watch" still send my 9 year old into a tizzy! Because of that, we try not to focus too much on the destructive aspect of hurricanes and tornadoes, but rather, the weather aspects and the stories of survival!

  5. "is there really any other part of the library?"

    I'm chuckling too. Like you, I've never seen the adult fiction or non-fiction sections of our library. I merely take it on faith that they exist. So glad for online catalogs that allow me to put things on hold.

  6. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who can't seem to make it into the adult section! If my husband wasn't a librarian, I'd NEVER get 'grownup' books!

    Still waiting for the new Jasper Fforde, though... luckily his next one is going to be YA! :)

    WV: Tawlsa-- isn't that in Oklahoma? :)

  7. Thanks for the book ideas - We are still reading the Ranger's Apprentice books that you posted about awhile back. Now I have a few nmore books for the summer. I am always interested in other people's reads and am grateful for the ideas.


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