Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library and develop the habit of reading. Traditionally, summer reading programs are designed to encourage children to keep reading during summer vacation. Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. For many families with elementary-aged children, the public library is the only community space available during the summer months where they can access free educational and cultural enrichment activities and programs. Access to reading materials has been consistently identified as a vital element in enhancing the reading development of children. Of all the activities in which children engage outside of school, time spent actually reading is the best predictor of reading achievement-the more students read, the better readers they become. Rock your summer, and check out these great reads:
|One of a Kind
Illustrator Gorman, Chris
2018-05 – Nancy Paulsen Books
9781524740627 Check Our CatalogBold, graphic art by indie rocker Chris Gorman of Belly captures the thrill and challenges of marching to your own beat.
Meet a pogo-dancing, punk-rock-loving kid who loves to express himself in his own unique way. His clothes, hairstyle, music, and just the way he hears the world, all set him apart. Not everyone understands him, but he likes being one of a kind–even though it’s …More
|Zoogie Boogie Fever! an Animal Dance Book
2018-04 – Orchard Books
9780545900058 Check Our CatalogWhat do the animals at the zoo do when the gates close at night? They boogie until dawn This bouncy, funny read-aloud is filled with an assortment of animals dancing to their own beat and celebrating their individuality. See the flamingos do the fandango, the elephants cha-cha-cha, and the little penguins break-dance as they all avoid being discovered by the zookeeper, and then turn the page to …More
|Pete the Cat: The Petes Go Marching
Illustrator Dean, James
2018-03 – HarperCollins
9780062304124 Check Our Catalog#1 New York Times bestseller James Dean puts a groovy spin to the classic children’s song “The Ants Go Marching” with everyone’s favorite cool cat.
Join Pete the Cat as he rocks out to this classic tune with a supercool twist in this paper-over-board picture book.
Your child, or even your classroom of children, is sure to want to march along with Pete, 1, …More
|Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul
Illustrator Cordell, Matthew
2018-05 – Abrams Books for Young Readers
9781419728495 Check Our CatalogA young music lover steps onto the school talent show stage determined to be herself and sing her own unique song in this effervescent tale of self-expression. Full color. …More
|Play This Book
Illustrator Wiseman, Daniel
2018-05 – Bloomsbury UK
9781681195063 Check Our CatalogFor fans of Press Here, this new interactive picture book line invites readers to touch and move and “play” with the book.
To start our show we need a band–maybe you can lend a hand
There are lots of ways little hands can make music. Each page of this interactive book invites readers to strum the guitar, slide the trombone, crash the cymbals, and more–no…More
|The Orphan Band of Springdale
2018-04 – Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763688042 Check Our CatalogWith the United States on the verge of World War II, eleven-year-old Gusta is sent from New York City to Maine, where she discovers small-town prejudices — and a huge family secret.
It’s 1941, and tensions are rising in the United States as the Second World War rages in Europe. Eleven-year-old Gusta’s life, like the world around her, is about to change. Her father, a foreign-born labor …More
|Battle of the Bands: Major Eights 1
Illustrator Pepin, Emilie
2018-01 – Little Bee Books
9781499805659 Check Our CatalogJasmine, Maggie, Becca, and Scarlet love jamming together, but are they ready to perform in front of a real audience in a Battle of the Bands competition? Find out in the first book of this early chapter book series
Jasmine, Maggie, Becca, and Scarlet love jamming together in Jasmine’s basement. Maggie bangs on the drums, Becca strums her guitar, Jasmine plunks the keys of her keyboard, and …More
|Scarlet’s Big Break: Major Eights 2
Illustrator Pepin, Emilie
2018-01 – Little Bee Books
9781499805680 Check Our CatalogIn book 2 of the Major Eights series, Scarlet goes solo and risks alienating her bandmates.
After their Battle of the Bands competition, the girls are famous Everyone knows who they are now–even strangers recognize them But the attention starts to go to Scarlet’s head, and she decides to sign up for the school’s talent show as a solo artist. But what about the Major Eights? Should she …More
|Coco: A Story about Music, Shoes, and Family
2017-10 – Disney Press
9781484787458 Check Our CatalogThis middle-grade novel retells the story of Pixar Animation Studios’ latest filmNa celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on November 22. …More
|The First Rule of Punk
Perez, Celia C.
2017-08 – Viking Books for Young Readers
9780425290408 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Pura Belpre Award (2018) “Roller Girl” meets “School of Rock” in this illustrated novel about identity, friendship, and riot-grrrl power by librarian and debut author Prez. …More
|On the Come Up
2019-02 – Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
9780062498564 Check Our CatalogThis is the highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning The Hate U Give.
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least get some streams on her mixtape. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive …More
|Bobby Sky: Boy Band or Die
2018-05 – Soho Teen
9781616958411 Check Our CatalogRobert “Hutch” Hutchinson is out of luck. His charm and singing voice–and penchant for bursting into song at all the wrong times–can’t keep him out of trouble anymore. When he’s arrested (again), he’s given a choice: die in juvie or become a shadow–the fearless, unstoppable, and top-secret guardian of a Future Important Person, or FIP.
With nothing to lose, Hutch accepts. After two grueling …More
|Love Songs & Other Lies
2018-04 – Tor Teen
9780765392275 Check Our CatalogLimited Inc. is a major work in the philosophy of language by the celebrated French thinker Jacques Derrida. The book’s two essays, ‘Limited Inc.’ and ‘Signature Event Context, ‘ constitute key statements of the Derridean theory of deconstruction. They are perhaps the clearest exposition to be found of Derrida’s most controversial idea. …More
Smetana, Sarah Nicole
2018-03 – Harper Teen
9780062644626 Check Our CatalogSusannah Hayes dreams of following her father, a former rock star, onto the stage. As senior year begins, she’s certain that if she writes the perfect song, her father might finally look up from the past long enough to see her. But when he dies unexpectedly, her dreams–and her reality–shatter. …More
2016-04 – Amulet Books
9781419720789 Check Our CatalogFrom Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times bestselling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and screenwriter of the Sundance award-winning motion picture of the same name, comes a groundbreaking young adult novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom as three young musicians follow a quest to escape the law long enough to play the amazing show they hope (but also doubt) they …More