Dear Parents,

It’s been a wonderful year in the library. Thank you for your support… encouraging your children to read, helping return library books, giving books and baking cupcakes for the library birthday party, donating books, and volunteering your time in so many ways.

Summer reading lists:

Suggested summer reading lists for those entering grades 2-8 in the fall can be found below or chose from those listed under Recent Posts at the end of this letter on the right. If you need a paper copy, please let me know right away. And parents, our popular recommended reading list for adults can be found below too. Whenever you read a book you love, please let us know, and we’ll include in next summer’s list.

Remember summer reading provides wonderful entertainment for travel and quiet times as well as a terrific opportunity to maintain reading proficiency. Set aside a special time or place for reading, make it fun, and remember that modeling reading is a sure way to show your child that your family values and enjoys reading. Visit your public library and have fun reading as a family.

Have a great summer,

Ponnie

pderby@thegrammarschool.org

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2nd Grade Suggested Summer Reading

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Parents, it’s important to make time for your child to read for at least 20 minutes every day this summer.  For children not reading independently yet, we hope you will take time to read aloud to him or her.  For those who are reading independently, a good way to gauge if the book your child has chosen is at his/her reading level is to have the child read a few paragraphs aloud to you.  If he/she is reading haltingly, and you can’t understand the paragraph clearly, that book is probably too advanced, and he/she should make another choice.  Remember that this is a list of suggested titles which cover a wide range of reading abilities, it does not mean that your child should be able to read all (or any) of these independently.  What is important is that you set aside a special time for reading.

Vermont State Standard 2nd grade: Demonstrates the habit of reading extensively* by …Reading one or two books, or one or two medium-long chapters, or the equivalent every day.

Read Aloud or Alone (+ = Good for readers practicing their skills. * = series.)

Fiction

If you like adventure/fantasy stories….

Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi  *

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves retold by Katie Daynes +

Emma and the Blue Genie by Cornelia Funke

The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald   *

Magic Tree House by Mary Anne Osborne   *

The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka *

If you like stories about animals…

Biscuit by Alyssa Capucilli +  *

Bramble and Maggie by Jessie Haas *

Horse Crazy by Alison Lester *

Lost! A Dog Called Bear by Wendy Orr * (& other animals in Rainbow Street Shelter series)

If you like stories where animals are the main characters…

Fly Guy  by Tedd Arnold +

Spunky Tells All by Ann Cameron

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo +   *

Pete the Cat + * by James Dean

Frances by Russell Hoban +  *

Houndsley and Catina by James Howe +  *

Park Avenue Adventures by Johanna Hurwitz *

Lady Lollipop by Dick King-Smith

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel +  *

Henry and Mudge or Mr. Putter and Tabby or Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant +   *

Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton *

My New Friend is So Fun by Mo Willems +

The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems *

If you like funny stories….

Tales from Deckawoo Drive by Kate DiCamilio *

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo +  *

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon *

Judy Moody or Stink by Megan McDonald  *

Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor +  *

Little Soup’s Hayride by Robert Newton Peck

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish +   *

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar   *

Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton  *

Ellray Jakes by Sally Warner *

If you like historical stories…

American Girl by various authors   *

My America by various authors   *

If you like mysteries…

Cam Jansen by David A. Adler *

Virtual Cody by Betsy Duffey *

Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor  *

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat +   *

Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus *

American Girl by various authors   *

If you like realistic stories…

Building our house by Jonathan Bean +

Ada Twist, Scientist or Iggy Peck, Architect or Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed

Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows  *

Seal Island School or Seal Island Seven by Susan Bartlett

Ramona by Beverly Cleary  *

Amber Brown by Paula Danziger  *

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo

Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon *

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes *

Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann + *

Soccer Sam by Jean Marzollo  +

Simon Ellis: Spelling Bee Champ by Claudia Mills * (Franklin School Friends series)

Completely Clementine by Sara Pennypacker *

Cobble Street Cousins by Cynthia Rylant   *

Non-Fiction

If you like true stories and books that give information……

Elephants Can Paint Too! by Katya Arnold

Fly Guy presents : Sharks by Tedd Arnold (also Space and Bats)

Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects: Build*Invent*Make*Discover by Jack Challoner

Magic School Bus by Joanna Cole *

The Blue Whale  or  The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond

Tiny Creatures by Nicola Davis

LEGO Play book: ideas to bring your bricks to life by Daniel Lipkowitz

Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late by Laura Overdeck

A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino

If you like stories about real people (biographies)….

America’s Champion Swimmer by David A. Adler

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

Who was Sacagawea? by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin *

Who was Babe Ruth? by Joan Holub *

Jim Henson: the guy who played with puppets by Kathleen Krull

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson

Friends by Catherine Thimmesh (nonfiction – animals)

For the Birds: the Life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark

POETRY TO ENJOY

Poetry for Young People *                    

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

Mammalabilia by Douglas Florian

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: by Julie Fogliano

Dirt on My Shirt  by Jeff Foxworthy +

Poem-mobiles: Crazy Car Poems by J. Patrick Lewis

Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry

Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky

Button Up!: Wrinkled Rhymes by Alice Schertle

Math Curse & Science Verse by Scieszka

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer

Everything On It by Shel Silverstein

Pug: and other Animal Poems by Valerie Worth

Have a great reading summer!

3rd and 4th Grades Suggested Summer Reading

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Below is a list of suggested summer reading titles which we hope will help you choose at least five books to read over the summer.  If you find a particular book you enjoy, try other titles by the same author.  Titles have been placed in categories, but many of the books might fall in more than one category.  For example, a historical title may also be an adventure.

Don’t leave your reading until August, you will read better and faster if you keep practicing throughout the summer.  And parents, please encourage your children to practice their skills and discuss their books with them. Make reading fun!

Vermont State Standard for grades 3-8: Demonstrates the habit of reading extensively* by…”Reading the equivalent of at least two books a month, including in-school, out-of-school, and summer reading.”

“+” denotes good choices for readers who are still practicing their skills, “*” denotes books for advanced readers. DCF denote books nominated for Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award.

Fiction

If you like animals or animals as main characters…

Little Dog, Lost by Joan Bauer

Escape from Baxters’ Barn by Rebecca Bond

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (2014 Newbery Award) *

Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott *

Jigsaw Pony by Jessie Haas +

Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry *

Lady Lollipop by Dick King-Smith +

Lindbergh: the Tale of a Flying Mouse or Armstrong by Torben Kuhlmann

Lost! A Dog Called Bear by Wendy Orr (& other animals in Rainbow Street Shelter series)

The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan     (2017-18 DCF nominee) *

The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck *

Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins *

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan +

Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant

The Cricket of Times Square by George Selden

Young Fredle by Cynthia Voight

If you like fantasy or adventure…

The Wild Robot    by Peter Brown    (2017-18 DCF nominee) *

Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke *

The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon  *

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George *

Ever After High by Shannon Hale *

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg by Gail Carson Levine

Where the Mountains Meet the Moon by Grace Lin *

Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd *

Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski (series)

Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor

I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis

Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde  *

The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner (2017-18 DCF nominee)

If you like graphic…

El Deafo by Cece Bell ( 2016 DCF winner)

The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw by Mark Crilley (2017-18 DCF nominee)

Fairy Tale Comics by Chris Duffy, ed.; Various Cartoonists

Rapunzel’s Revenge and others by Shannon Hale

TinTin series by Herge

Olympians series by George O’Connor *

Zita spacegirl or  Mighty Jack series by Ben Hatke

Bone series by Jeff Smith

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Robot Dreams by Sara Varon

See also Graphic titles under Non-Fiction below.

If you like history…    

Caddie Woodlawn  by Carol Ryrie Brink  (1860s) *

Bud, Not Buddy  by Christopher Paul Curtis  (1930s) *

The Birchbark House and sequel by Louise Erdrich  (1840s) *

Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill  (1920s)

The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill  (1948) +

True Colors by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock  (1950s Vermont) *

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose  (1870s free verse)

Seven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder (1930s)

Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1870s)

If you like humor…

Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom  Angleberger (more in series)

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett  *

Superfudge series by Judy Blume

Ramona, the Brave by Beverly Cleary

Amber Brown series by Paula Danziger

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo +

The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (and more in series)

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Bunnicula series by  James Howe *

Russell series by Johanna Hurwitz +

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones  *

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

Judy Moody and Stink series by Megan McDonald

I Funny by James Patterson

Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka *

Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde  *

If you like mystery and suspense…         

The Lemonade Crime series by Jacqueline Davies

Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell

Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

Secret of the Ruby Ring by Yvonne MacGrory *

Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy series

Key to the Treasure and others in series by Peggy Parrish

The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery series by Nancy Springer

Sammy Keyes series by Wendelin Van Draanen *

If you like realistic fiction…    

Ivy + Bean series by Annie Barrows  + *

The Penderwicks (and sequels) by Jeanne Birdsall  (Newbery winner) *

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls by Meg Cabot *

Lost and Found by Andrew Clements (and others by author)

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (DCF winner)

Dory and the Real True Friend  by Abby Hanlon +

Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Wish by Barbara  O’Connor  (2017-18 DCF nominee) *

Wonder by R. J. Palacio (DCF winner) *

When Life Gives You O. J. by Erica S. Perl

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan (2017-18 DCF nominee) *

Non-Fiction

If you like biography…

Who Was series by various authors

On a beam of light: a story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne +

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff

Bully for you Theodore Roosevelt by Jean Fritz

Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz *

Papa is a Poet: a Story about Robert Frost by Natalie Bober

I Am Amelia Earhart (Ordinary People Change World series) by Brad Meltzer

Knucklehead  by  Jon Scieszka *

Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit *

Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson

Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet    (2017-18 DCF nominee) *

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark

Revolutionary Poet: Phyllis Wheatley by Maryann Weidt +

Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express by Margaret K. Wetterer +

If you like poetry…

Poetry for Young People series

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano

My People by Langston Hughes

Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems by J. Patrick Lewis

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry by National Geographic Society Children’s Books

Oxford Book of Children’s Verse

Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky

Math Curse or Science Verse by Jon Scieszka

Everything On It by Shel Silverstein

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer

A Child’s Calendar by John Updike

If you like other non-fiction…

Batman Science : the Real-World Science behind Batman by Biskup Agnieszka *

Basher Science or Basher History series by Simon Basher and various authors *

Grover Cleveland, Again! : A Treasury of American Presidents by Ken Burns

Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell

Tiny Creatures by Nicola Davies

Locomotive by Brian Floca (2014 Caldecott winner)

Great Estimations by Bruce Goldstone

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Salad People and More Real Recipes by Mollie Katzen

The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlansky

LEGO Play Book by Daniel Lipkowitz

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska

National Geographic Society Kids Almanac

Ye Olde Weird But True by National Geographic Society Children’s Books

Olympian series by George O’Connor (Graphic) *

Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late by Laura Overdeck

Peterson First Guides by various subjects and authors

Founding Mothers : Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts

Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics by James Sturm

The Woods Scientist by Stephen R. Swinburne

Friends by Catherine Thimmesh

Have a great summer reading!

5th Grade Suggested Summer Reading

Dear 5th Graders,

Please read at least five books over the summer. Below is a list summer reading titles that we hope will help you get started.  If you find a particular book you enjoy, try other titles by the same author.

Please try to read throughout the summer; it will help you keep your reading skills in good shape and avoid panic when you get to August!

Books are placed in categories within the list. Although each book has been placed in only one category, many books could fit into more than one category, so please try books from more than one category.  Remember that many “Historical” books can also be adventures, humorous or mysteries, and therefore, very exciting. All 2017-18 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award nominees appropriate for 5th grade have been included and are noted with “DCF”.

       Vermont State Standard for grades 3-8: Demonstrates the habit of reading extensively* by…“Reading the equivalent of at least two books a month, including in-school, out-of-school, and summer reading.”

“*” = more challenging books    “~”=series

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5th GRADE SUGGESTED SUMMER READING 2017

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson  2017 Vermont Reads Book

Fiction

If you like adventure

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle ~

The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon

Escape from Mr.Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein  (DCF 2015 winner) *

Chase by Jessie Haas (horse) *

Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel (actually, a thriller)

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Guys Read: Thriller by Jon Scieszka, editor (short stories by various authors)

Seven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder

If you like animals…

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (2013 Newbery winner)

Poppy by Avi ~

Escape from Baxters’ Barn by Rebecca Bond

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz

The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan    (2017-18  DCF nominee)

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck

Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins

A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbie Pyron

Listen! by Stephanie S. Tolan

If you like fantasy…

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill 2017 Newbery Winner   (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

The Wild Robot    by Peter Brown    (2017-18  DCF nominee)

The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi ~

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson *

Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon

The Heroes of Olympus and other series by Rick Riordan * ~

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling *~

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Septimus Heap by Angie Sage ~

The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman (2017-18  DCF nominee)

The Youngest Templar by M. P. Spradlin *~

The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Secret Keepers series by Trenton Lee Stewart ~

The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner (2017-18  DCF nominee)

If you like graphic…

The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw by Mark Crilley

El Deafo by Cece Bell (2016 DCF winner)

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Robot Dreams by Sara Varon

If you like history

The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (WWII England)

Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg (slavery)  (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1900s Vermont)

Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War by Helen Frost (1812 Native Am/non N.A. boys)

Bandit’s Tale:The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket by Deborah Hopkinson (1887) (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd (1960s Freedom Riders)

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (WWII)

A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen (1961 Berlin Wall)

Bread and Roses, too by Katherine Paterson (1912 Vermont)

Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi (1885, based on a true story) *

The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau (Magic, history, folklore Mexico)

Elephant Run by Roland Smith (WWII)

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (1870s missing girl) *

If you like humor…

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett (2016-17 DCF winner)

Troublemaker by Andrew Clements

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas (2017-18  DCF nominee)

The Moffats by Eleanor Estes ~

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor

I Funny by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Alison Dana Levy

Middle School: the worst years of my life (and sequels) by James Patterson

Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka, editor (short stories by various authors)

Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde (fractured fairy tale)

If you like mystery and suspense…

The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (2017-18  DCF nominee)

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis Curtis

The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies ~

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (1665 London)

The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye by Nancy Springer * ~

Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage ~

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen * ~

If you like realistic or coming of age…

The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall *

Nothing but Trouble by Jacqueline Davies (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

George by Alex Gino

Mayday by Karen Harrington (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton (1960s Vermont)

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly (2017-18  DCF nominee)

The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Wish by Barbara  O’Connor (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Wonder by R. J. Palacio (DCF 2013 winner)

The Best Man by Richard Peck

Holes by Louis  Sachar

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern (humorous)

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan  (2017-18  DCF nominee)

If you like science fiction…

The White Mountains by John Christopher * ~

Gregor the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins ~

Rat Trap by Michael Daley

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau * ~

The Orphan Army by Jonathan Maberry ~

If you like sports…    (See also Non Fiction titles)

One Handed Catch by Mary Jane Auch

Soar by Joan Bauer (2017-18  DCF nominee)

The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks *

Safe at Second by Scott Johnson *

Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner

Ghost by Jason Reynolds (2017-18  DCF nominee)

NON-FICTION

If you like biographies…

Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman *

Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures by Erin Hagar

Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret

Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford by Don Mitchell

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

How Angel Peterson Got His Name: and Other Outrageous Tales About Extreme Sports by Gary Paulsen +

Bill Peet: an autobiography by Bill Peet

No Summit Out of Sight by Jordan Romero * (teen mountain climber)

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka (graphic)

Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet  (2017-18  DCF nominee)

If you like poetry…

Poetry for Young People series

The Place My Words are Looking For by Janeczko (also other Janeczko anthologies)

The Same Sky by Naomi Shihab Nye

Oxford Book of Children’s Verse by Opie

Math Verse or Science Verse by Jon Scieszka

Everything On It by Shel Silverstein

Locomotion  by Jacqueline Woodson

If you like other non-fiction…

Batman Science : the Real-World Science behind Batman by Biskup Agnieszka

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (civil rights)

The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation): The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win

Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Grover Cleveland, Again! : A Treasury of American Presidents by Ken Burns

The Wicked History of the World: History with the Nasty Bits Left In! by Terry Deary (humorous history)

Titantic Sinks! by Barry Denenberg (history)

Who Was First? by Russell Freedman (discovering America)

Superstars of Science by R. S. Grant (Basher science series)

What’s Happening to My Body for Boys/Girls by Linda Madaras (health)

Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson (African American history)

Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink by Tod Olson (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Diane Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani (graphic) *

Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

Human Body Theater: A Nonfiction Revue by Maris Wicks (graphic)

Have a great summer reading!

6th Grade Summer Reading

Dear 6th Graders,

Happy summer!

This summer, Kathy and I are asking everyone to read Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. It is on the 2017-18 Dorothy Canfield Fisher list, and can be found in local libraries or bookstores. We’ll be discussing themes and ideas from the book when we come back to school in September.

In addition, please read at least four other books. The books you read do not have to be from the attached list, but the list provides suggestions for books and authors you might find interesting.

You’ll find on the back of this letter a separate list of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (Dorothy’s List) books for 2017-18. Many of you have heard about this program: we get a list of 30 books written for 4th-8th graders. These books are in the TGS library on a special shelf for 5th and 6th graders. We all read books from this list between now and April of 2018, and everyone who has read at least five books from the list by voting time in April gets to vote for his or her favorite book.

Try to read regularly over the summer; graphic novels, newspapers, and magazines count as reading too, and it will be easier to read five books if you are reading all summer. Reading over the summer will help you maintain the skills you learned this year, plus it’s fun!

Best wishes,

Tara and Kathy

2017-2018 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Master List

The list below contains a wide range of styles, subjects, and difficulty levels so that kids in grades 4-8 across Vermont can find interesting books to read. If you read one that’s too easy, try one at a higher maturity level. If you start one that’s too hard or you just plain don’t like it, try something else. In order to vote for your favorite book in April, you need to read at least five (5) books from this list. (We’ll work on this during the fall and winter, so you don’t need to read five this summer.) You are encouraged to read many more. Each year, several students challenge themselves to read all 30!

AUTHOR—TITLE—GRADE

Anderson, John David—Ms. Bixby’s Last Day—5 up

Barnhill, Kelly—The Girl Who Drank the Moon—5 up

Bauer, Joan—Soar—5 up

Bayard, Louis—Lucky Strikes—7 up

Brown, Peter—The Wild Robot—4 up

Burg, Ann E.—Unbound: A Novel in Verse—5 up

Cohen, Marina—The Inn Between—5 up

Crilley, Mark—The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw—4 up

Davies, Jacqueline—Nothing but Trouble—5 up

Dumas, Firoozeh—It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel—5 up

Gemeinhart, Dan—Some Kind of Courage—6 up

Gidwitz, Adam—The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy     Dog—6 up

Gratz, Alan—Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II—6 up

Griffin, Paul—When Friendship Followed Me Home—6 up

Harrington, Karen—Mayday—5 up

Hopkinson, Deborah—A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket—5 up

Kelly, Erin Entrada—The Land of Forgotten Girls—5 up

LaFleur, Suzanne—Beautiful Blue World5 up

MacLachlan, Patricia—The Poet’s Dog—4 up

Messner, Kate—The Seventh Wish—5 up

O’Connor, Barbara—Wish4 up

Olson, Tod—Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink5 up

Reynolds, Jason—Ghost—5 up

Sherman, Delia—The Evil Wizard Smallbone—5 up

Sonnenblick, Jordan—Falling Over Sideways—6 up

Sullivan, Tara—The Bitter Side of Sweet—7 up

Sweet, Melissa—Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White—4 up

Weeks, Sarah & Gita Varadarajan—Save Me a Seat—4 up

Weiner, Jennifer—The Littlest Bigfoot—4 up

Wolk, Lauren—Wolf Hollow—6 up

To view a list of the 2017-2018 Dorothy Canfield Fisher books with summaries, visit http://libraries.vermont.gov/sites/libraries/files/DorothyMasterlist1718.pdf

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6th Grade Summer Reading Recommendations  

Books marked with an asterisk (*) are more challenging.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson  2017 Vermont Reads Book

Fiction

If you like adventure…

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald (art)

There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart (hunting)

Chase by Jessie Haas (horse)

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (ecological)

Crossing The Wire by Will Hobbs (immigration)

Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson (dog sledding)

The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson (Tom Sawyer type)

Greenglass House by Kate Milford (strange house)

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (survival)

Pax by Sara Pennypacker (war, friendship)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson * (pirates)

If you like fantasy or dystopian…

Gregor the Underland series by Suzanne Collins

The Search for WondLa (and sequels) by Tony DiTerlizzi

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

Book of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Redwall / Mossflower series by Brian Jacques *

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

The Apothecary and sequels by Maile Meloy

The False Prince and sequels by Jennifer Nielsen *

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

The Golden Compass and His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman *

Percy Jackson and the Olympians and other series by Rick Riordan

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman *

The Mysterious Benedict Society or the Secret Keeper series by Trenton Lee Stewart

If you like historical fiction…

Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (1930s Depression)

The Badger Knight by Kathryn Erskine (1346 England)

Salt: A story of friendship in a time of war by Helen Frost (War of 1812)

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson (1854s London)

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (American frontier)

Day of Tears by Julius Lester (pre Civil War) *

Lions of Little Rock Kristin Levine (Civil Rights/Desegregation)

A Family Apart and others in Orphan Train series by Joan Lowery Nixon (pre Civil War adventures)

Bread And Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson (1912 Vermont)

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus (WWII Norway)

Arundel by Kenneth Roberts (American Revolution)

Elephant Run by Roland Smith (WWII)

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (1870s)

Listening For Lions by Gloria Whelan (Kenya)

If you like graphic…

El Deafo by Cece Bell (2016 DCF winner)

Fairy Tale Comics by Duffy

Calamity Jack and Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland (biography)

Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi

Silver Six by A. J. Lieberman *

Olympians series by George O’Connor/Robert Venditti

The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth

Meanwhile by Jason Shiga

Lumberjanes (series) by Noelle Stevenson

Smile, Drama, and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Bake Sale by Sara Varon

Human Body Theater: A Nonfiction Revue by Maris Wicks

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang

If you like humor…

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis (adventure, 1900)

Better Nate than Ever and Five, Six, Seven by Tim Federle

I Funny by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein

How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

Looking for Bobowicz by Daniel Pinkwater

Guys Read: Funny by Jon Scieszka, editor (short stories)

Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

If you like mystery and suspense…

Gilda Joyce, psychic investigator by Jennifer Allison

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Finisher and others in the Vega Jane series by David Baldacci

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (2015 DCF winner)

Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn (scary)

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon by S. S. Taylor

If you like contemporary/realistic fiction/coming of age…

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Absolutely Almost by Lisa  Graff

Hope Is a Ferris Wheel by Robin  Herrera

Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington

Addie on the Inside and others in series by James Howe *

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III (historical too)

Beneath My Mother’s Feet by Amjed Qamar

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

Warp Speed by Lisa Yee

Unfriended by Rachel Vail

If you like science fiction…

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The White Mountains series by John Christopher

Gregor series by Suzanne Collins

Dark Life and sequel by Kat Falls

The Ear, The Eye, And The Arm by Nancy Farmer *

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

Earthsea series by Ursula Le Guin *

Fever Crumb series by Philip Reeve

If you like sports…

The Crossover by Kwame  Alexander

One Handed Catch by Mary Jane Auch

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks *

Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff (horses)

Safe at Second by Scott Johnson *

Heat and other sports books by Mike Lupica

Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner

The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park

Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury *

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by James Sturm (graphic)

Non-Fiction

If you like biographies…

Boy by Roald Dahl

Escape! The Story Of The Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman

Eleanor Roosevelt by Russell Freedman *

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland (graphic)

Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

A Strong Right Arm: The Story Of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson by Michelle Y. Green

Small Steps by Peg Kehret

Ten Queens: Portraits of Women of Power by Milton Meltzer

How Angel Peterson Got His Name and Other Outrageous Tales About Extreme Sports by Gary Paulsen

Bill Peet: An Autobiography

No Summit Out of Sight by Jordan Romero

If you like poetry…

Poetry For Young People series

Poetry 180 by Billy Collins, editor

The Place My Words Are Looking For and other anthologies by this author by Paul B. Janeczko

The Book Of Limericks by Edward Lear

This Same Sky by Naomi Shihab Nye

Oxford Book Of Children’s Verse by Opie

Math Verse or Science Verse by Jon Scieszka

Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein

If you like other types of non-fiction…

Basher Science series (Astronomy, Chemistry, Rocks & Minerals, etc.) created by Basher

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (civil rights)

The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation): The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win

Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Tracking Trash by Loree Griffin Burns (environment)

Horrible Histories series by Terry Deary (humorous history)

Titanic Sinks! by Barry Denenberg

Vietnam: a History of a War by Russell Freedman

Good Brother, Bad Brother by James Cross Giblin * (Lincoln assassination)

An Inconvenient Truth: Adapted for a New Generation by Al Gore (climate)

Built to Last by David Macaulay (architecture, cultural history)

What’s Happening to my Body for Boys/Girls by Lynda Madaras (health)

The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery (pets)

Grey Seas Under by Farley Mowat * (adventure)

Dewey: A Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron (pets)

Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by E. Nesbit, editor

Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen (humorous)

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin (WWII)

Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone (WWII)

“The President Has Been Shot!”: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James Swanson

The Woods Scientist by Stephen R. Swinburne (science)

Have a great summer reading!

7th & 8th Grades Summer Reading

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7th & 8th Grades Required & Suggested Summer Reading 2017   

During the summer, Laurie requires that 8th graders read Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer (any version is fine) and a biography or an autobiography of any famous (or infamous) American woman.  After researching American Presidents in the spring, she wants the class to focus on women who have historical significance.  She is open to any women, but offers a few suggestions: Eleanor Roosevelt, Sally Ride, Maya Angelou, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Blackwell, Lucy Stone, Abigail Adams, Sandra Day O’Connor or Maya Ying. Billie-Jean King, Rachel Carson, and Janet Reno, and the list goes on.   Please write a 2-page essay about your chosen woman.  What is she known for and what made her interesting to you? These are due the first day of school.

The 7th grade is required to read one biography and one work of historical fiction.  Each student should write a short essay (1-2 pages) on the person about whom they read. Laurie will collect these the first day of school.

In addition, we expect you to read at least four other books (and hopefully many more!).   Below is a suggested summer reading list.  Please report back to us those books on the list you enjoyed and those you did not.  Don’t leave your reading for the last moment in August.  It will be much easier, and your reading skills will continue to improve much more, if you read continuously throughout the summer.

To aid you in your book selection, titles are placed in categories.  Although each book has been placed in one category, many books crossover into more than one.  For example, 47 by Walter Mosley is listed under “Science Fiction;” however, it could also be listed as “Historical.” Remember that many “Historical” books can also be adventurous, humorous, or mysterious, and therefore, very exciting. So try books from more than one category.

Vermont State Standard for grades 3-8: Demonstrates the habit of reading extensively* by…

“Reading the equivalent of at least two books a month, including in-school, out-of-school,

and summer reading.”

“*” = more challenging books.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson  2017 Vermont Reads Book

Fiction

If you like adventure and suspense…

Watership Down by Richard Adams*

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Sharpe’s Triumph by Bernard Cornwell *

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart (2017-18 DCF nominee)

Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs

Redwall/Mossflower series by Brian Jacques

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling *

Call of the Wild by Jack London

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Lookwood & Co. and sequel by Jonathan Stroud

Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

If you like classics…

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen *

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte *

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens *

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C. S. Forester *

Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery *

The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings *

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith *

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

If you like dystopian/science fiction/future…

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury *

Hunger Games and sequels by Suzanne Collins

Scorch Trials and others in series by James Dashner

City of Ember and sequels by Jeanne DuPrau

Dark Life and sequel by Kat Falls

The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Gifts by Ursula LeGuin

The Giver by Lois Lowry (Newbery winner)

47 by Walter Mosley

Maximum Ride series by James Patterson

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and sequels by Ransom Riggs

Divergent and sequels by Veronica Roth

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells *

If you like fantasy…

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill 2017 Newbery Winner     (2017-18  DCF nominee)

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The Apothecary series by Maile Meloy

The False Prince series by Jennifer Nielsen

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Nation by Terry Pratchett

The Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

The Hobbit by  J. R. R. Tolkien *

The Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

Leviathan and sequels by Scott Westerfield

Once and Future King by T. H. White *

If you like graphic…

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland (biography)

Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time: the graphic novel by Hope Larson (fantasy)

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang

If you like historical fiction…

Crispin by Avi (14th century)

Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard (1930s) (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (mid 1700s by mid 1800, Thomas Jefferson by slavery)

Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks (1941)

My Antonia by Willa Cather (Frontier) *

Elijah of Buxton and sequel by Christopher Paul Curtis (Civil War)

Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II by Alan Gratz (WWII) (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Year of Goodbyes by Debbie Levy (WWII)

Day of Tears by Julius Lester (pre Civil War)

Where the Broken Heart Still Beats by Carolyn Meyer (1860 Native American by white settlers)

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers (Vietnam war) *

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus (Nazi-occupied Norway)

Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron (1990’s Moscow)

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood (1960’s Mississippi)

Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (Civil War) *

Elephant Run by Roland Smith (WWII)

Will Poole’s Island by Tim Weed (1643) *

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (WWII women spies) *

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (WWII) (2017-18  DCF nominee)

If you like humor…

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

Stuck on Earth by David Klass

A Long Way from Chicago and sequel by Richard Newton Peck

Teacher’s Funeral by Richard Newton Peck

Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka, ed. (short stories by Neil Gaiman,  Stephen King & more)

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

If you like mystery and suspense…

The Finisher and others in the Vega Jane series by David Baldacci

All the Truth that’s in Me by Julie Berry

The Cases of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle *

Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King *

The Art of Secrets by James Klise

The Greenglass House by Kate Milford

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel (gothic suspense)

Ruby in the Smoke  by Philip Pullman

Guys Read : Thriller by Jon Scieszka, editor (short stories)

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Newbery Award winner)

A Thief in the House of Memory by Tim Wynne-Jones

If you like realistic fiction…

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Addie on the Inside and others in series by James Howe

Dream of Night by Heather Henson

Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs

House Arrest by K. A. Holt

Grounded by Kate Klise

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Best Man by Richard Peck

I am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (Newbery Award)

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan (2017-18  DCF nominee)

Unfriended by Rachel Vail

If you like sports…

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander  Newbery Award winner

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Shift  by Jennifer Bradbury

Safe at Second by Scott Johnson

Pop by Gordon Korman

The Contender by Robert Lipsyte

Fantasy League by Mike Lupica

Guys Read : Sports by Jon Scieszka, editor (short stories by various authors)

Peek by Roland Smith

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by James Sturm (Graphic)

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen (2012-13 DCF Winner)

Non-fiction

If you like biographies…

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Martha Graham: A Dancer’s Life by Russell Freedman

Good Brother – Bad Brother by James Cross Giblin * (Lincoln assassination)

Anthony Burns: Defeat & Triumph of a Fugitive Slave by Virginia Hamilton

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland (Graphic)

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

The Harvey Girls: The Women Who Civilized the West by Juddi Morris

No Summit Out of Sight by Jordan Romero (teen mountain climber)

Cleopatra Rules: the Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen by Vicky Shecter    

Samurai Rising: the Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsubne by Pamela S. Turner

Popular: a Memoir: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya van Wagenen

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

If you like poetry…

Poetry 180 by Billy Collins, editor  (2013 Vermont Reads book)

Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems by Kristine O’Connell George

Who Killed Mr. Chippendale by Mel Glenn

Hoofprints: Horse Poems by Jessie Haas

The Place My Words Are Looking For (and other anthologies) by Paul Janeczko

The Raven & Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

A Fire in My Hands by Gary Soto

If you like other non-fiction…

They Call Themselves the K. K. K.: the Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum

The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation): The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win

Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (humorous natural history)

Batman Science by Tammy Enz

Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrell

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman

Vietnam: a History of a War by Russell Freedman

First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race by Tim Grove

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

Ice Story: Shackleton’s Lost Expedition by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Darkness over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews by Ellen Levine

The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin (1944 civil rights)

Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone

“The President Has Been Shot!”: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James Swanson

Have a great summer reading!

Adult Summer Reading List

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(recommended by parents, faculty, friends, and alums)

Fun, award winning, thoughtful, informative…

with no written assignments due in September!

Vermont Reads 2017:  Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Fiction  

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Once We Were Sisters by Sheila Kohler

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

Trace by Archer Mayor (Vermont mystery)

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner (mystery)

A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing Stories by Tim Weed (short stories)

The Underground Railway: a novel by Colson Whitehead

In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear (WWII mystery)

Non-Fiction

Storm in a Teacup: the Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski

How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Farber and Julie King

The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser Greenland

We Die Alone by David Howarth

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

What If? by Randall Munroe

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

A Dream in Polar Fog by Yuri Rytkheu

The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the   Forgotten Colony

that Shaped America by Russell Shorto

In Harm’s Way by Doug Stanton

The Life We Got by Neil Taylor

Happy Summer Reading!

Library’s 57th Birthday

The Grammar School Celebrates

Our Library’s 57th Birthday

Wednesday, February 8th

Each year we celebrate our wonderful library with a birthday party that includes fun entertainment provided by various classes, opening gifts from students, and all delighting in delicious cupcakes. On Wednesday, February 8th, our Library will be celebrating its 57th birthday.

If you would like to send a gift to the birthday party, a library wish list is below. Books on the wish list either have been requested by students and/or have been highly recommended. All would be terrific additions to our collection.

Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls has set aside a special box of books from the wish list as well as some additional paperbacks. Books also may be ordered online at http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/wishlist/5 . Type this coupon code to receive a 10% discount : TGS10 . I’ll make sure that all gifts are delivered to the library on time. If you opt instead to give a book from your child’s bookshelf, please check that the book is in mint condition and that we do not already have a copy in our library.

While all thoughtfully selected gifts are greatly appreciated, our growing library no longer has room for duplicates or worn copies of books. Gift bookplates to acknowledge your gift will be placed in each book.

Bakers…once again, if you would be willing to contribute a dozen cupcakes, particularly gluten and or nut free, for the birthday party, please let me know.

At TGS, we are fortunate to have a library that receives support from so many.  Parents generously volunteer in the library, encourage students to use the library regularly, read with their children during the spring Reading Challenge, and contribute to the library through gifts and donations. As always, we are grateful for your support.

The library birthday party is an enjoyable event for everyone. If you have any questions, please contact me at school, home (869-1467), or by email.

Thank you,

Ponnie  pderby@thegrammarschool.org

Birthday Wish List

 

Picture books

Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart

Du Iz Tak? By Carson Ellis

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

Frank and Lucy Get Schooled by Lynn Rae Perkins

Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Fiction

Ashes (The Seeds of America Trilogy) by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz

Bramble and Maggie Snow Day by Jessie Haas

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

MIghty Jack by Ben Hatke (graphic)

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon                               by Torben Kuhlmann

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt by George O’Connor (graphic)

Best Man by Richard Peck

Ghost: Running for his life or running from it? by Jason Reynolds

The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart

Non-Fiction

Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects: Build*Invent*Make*Discover                            by Jack Challoner

The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2017

Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre

Hidden Figures: Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer

Some Writer: the Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela Turner

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark

For your convenience and to avoid duplications, you may order online at
http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/wishlist/5  
Use coupon code TGS10 for a 10% discount. I’ll be sure that they arrive at school on time.

Dress as Your Favorite Character Day

A new tradition at TGS is to celebrate the first day of the Challenge, Wednesday, April 13th,  with a special day when all students, faculty, and staff come to school dressed as a favorite book character. The day will end with a special buddy activity during All School Meeting. Don’t miss out on the fun!